Writers And Writing Quotes


213 Writers And Writing quotes:



"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day."
"I know not, Madam, that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much."
"In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness."
"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."
"Most authors steal their works, or buy."
"Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss."
"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence. The sound must seem an echo to the sense."
"Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents , or my own?"
"O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee."
"As to the adjective, when in doubt strike it out."
"Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use."
"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath."
"If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain."
"There is no luck in literary reputation. They who make up the final verdict upon every book are not the partial and noisy readers of the hour when it appears; but a court as of angels, a public not to be bribed, not to be entreated, and not to be overawed, decides upon every man's title to fame."
"The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies."
"To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do."
"After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in."
"A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in."
"In general I do not draw well with literary men -- not that I dislike them but I never know what to say to them after I have praised their last publication."
"Nothing so fretful, so despicable as a Scribbler, see what I am, and what a parcel of Scoundrels I have brought about my ears, and what language I have been obliged to treat them with to deal with them in their own way; -- all this comes of Authorship."


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