Writers And Writing Quotes


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"Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write."
"I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme."
"I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have concluded that most do not want to be writers working eight and ten hours a day and accomplishing little; they want to have been writers, garnering the rewards of having completed a best-seller. They aspire to the rewards of writing but not to the travail."
"Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity."
Author: Zinsser Quotes Category: Writers And Writing Quotes Brevity Quotes
"Writers must fortify themselves with pride and egotism as best they can. The process is analogous to using sandbags and loose timbers to protect a house against flood. Writers are vulnerable creatures like anyone else. For what do they have in reality? Not sandbags, not timbers. Just a flimsy reputation and a name."
Author: Aldiss Quotes Category: Writers And Writing Quotes Egotism Quotes
"Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, during the middle of the nineteenth century, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved ideas even more than men, and Thoreau loved himself."
"Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago."
"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood."
"Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned."
"I think of an author as somebody who goes into the marketplace and puts down his rug and says, ''I will tell you a story,'' and then he passes the hat."
"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."
"What you're trying to do when you write is to crowd the reader out of his own space and occupy it with yours, in a good cause. You're trying to take over his sensibility and deliver an experience that moves from mere information."
"No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination."
"Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to."
"Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold."
"Who often, but without success, have prayed for apt Alliteration's artful aid."
"Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic."
"To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking -- and since it cannot, in order to become its echo I have, in a way, to silence it. I bring to this incessant speech the decisiveness, the authority of my own silence."
"Easy writings curse is hard reading."
"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."


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