Writers And Writing Quotes


228 Writers And Writing quotes:



"This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again."
"It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his readers is sure to skip them."
"I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can."
"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Writers And Writing Quotes Depression Quotes
"A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure."
"They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him."
"You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living."
"The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years."
"Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem."
"A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul."
"Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for."
"From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it."
"Footnotes -- little dogs yapping at the heels of the text"
"The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it."
"Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements."
"His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language."
"The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time."
"I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible."
"I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment."
"Style may defined as the proper words in the proper places."


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