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Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.Goethe
I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.Gordon Lish
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.Graham Greene
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.Groucho Marx
Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx
It's a delicious thing to write. To be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.
Gustave Flaubert
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and
original in your work.
Gustave Flaubert
Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.Gustave Flaubert
Language is a cracked kettle on which we bang out tunes to make the bears dance, when what we long for is to move the stars to pity. Gustave Flaubert
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.H.G. Wells
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.Harlan Ellison
All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by ... religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.

The Seduction of the Spirit, 1973
Harvey Cox
I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunityHazel Lee
One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.Helen Keller
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.Henry David Thoreau
How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live
Henry David Thoreau
After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

on Shakespeare
Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely awareHenry Miller
Writing is its own reward.Henry Miller
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.Henry Ward Beecher
To produce a mighty work, you must choose a mighty theme.Herman Melville
Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning.
Hesiod
The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out.Howard Pyle
The cure for writers cramp is writer´s block.Inigo de Leon
The natural state of all writing is mediocrity.Ira Glass
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one´s luck.Iris Murdoch
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.

Irvin S. Cobb
An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.
Irwin Shaw
I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?Irwin Shaw
I was once being interviewed by Barbara Walters in three segments, all at once, though they were to be run on three separate days. In between two of the segments, she asked me how many books I had written, and I told her. She said, "Don't you ever want to do anything but write?"
"No," I said.
"Don't you want to go hunting? Fishing? Dancing? Hiking?"
And I said, "No! No! No! and No!"
She said, "But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?"
I said, "Type faster."
Isaac Asimov
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.Isaac Asimov
I write for the same reason I breathe- because if I didn't, I would die.Isaac Asimov
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persistIsaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
There is no iron that can enter the human heart with such stupefying effect, as a period placed at just the right moment. Isaac Babel
When I was a young boy they called me a liar.  Now that I'm all grown up, they call me a writer.Isaac Bashevis Singer
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.Isabel Colegate
The wastepaper basket is still the writer's best friend.Issac Bashevis Singer
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. If all feels hopeless, if that famous 'inspiration' will not come, write. If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write. J. B. Priestly
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.J. P. Donleavy
You can't sit around and wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.Jack London
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.Jack London
I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's greatest rewriters.James A. Michener
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
James Baldwin
The quality which makes man want to write and be read is essentially a desire for self-exposure and masochism. Like one of those guys who has a compulsion to take his thing out and show it on the street.James Joyce
Writers desire to be paid, authors desire recognition.James L. Davis
As a younger man I wrote for eight years without ever earning a nickel which is a long apprenticeship, but in that time I learned a lot about my trade.James Michener
Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write.
James T. Farrell
"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs."James Thurber
Don't get it right; just get it written.James Thurber
Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.Jane Yolen
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