Writers And Writing Quotes


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"This is something that I cannot get over -- that a whole line could be written by half a man, that a work could be built on the quicksand of a character."
"… Although most of us know Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Paul Gauguin in Tahiti as if they were neighbors -- somewhat disreputable but endlessly fascinating -- none of us can name two French generals or department store owners of that period. I take enormous pride in considering myself an artist, one of the necessaries."
"You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform."
"Every writer ''creates'' his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future."
"Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive."
"A writer is a person who has solutions for which there are no riddles."
"The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything."
"The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen."
"I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze."
"I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains."
"Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about."
"Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar."
"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."
"The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century."
Author: Doctorow Quotes Category: Writers And Writing Quotes Reason Quotes
"The role of the writer is not simply to arrange Being according to his own lights; he must also serve as a medium to Being and remain open to its often unfathomable dictates. This is the only way the work can transcend its creator and radiate its meaning further than the author himself can see or perceive."
"Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!"
"What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful."
"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand."
"Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain."
Author: Wiesel Quotes Category: Writers And Writing Quotes Painters And Painting Quotes
"It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer."


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