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#1. The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them. - Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Writers quotes by Vladimir Nabokov
#2. From the writer's perspective, audience is always an act of the imagination. - Author: Billy Marshall Stoneking
Writers quotes by Billy Marshall Stoneking
#3. But I do think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books. - Author: China Mieville
Writers quotes by China Mieville
#4. I'm interested in what the virtues of all those things are, especially for the kind of person who's made their own world that revolves around them, like writers do. It seems especially precious. - Author: Miranda July
Writers quotes by Miranda July
#5. What I've always seen in writers and artists is the courage it takes to make an original work of art. I think the real risks in literature are linguistic and intellectual, and I hope we can highlight those, as well as political courage. - Author: Salman Rushdie
Writers quotes by Salman Rushdie
#6. And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write. And they care. - Author: Russell Banks
Writers quotes by Russell Banks
#7. As a general rule, highly rational writers (like Nabokov) write most comfortably in the morning, and mainly intuitive writers write most comfortably at night. - Author: John Gardner
Writers quotes by John Gardner
#8. Yet while Vidal writes best about power, politics, and history White's strengths are sex, art and – sometimes – love. Each tends to stumble when he enters the other's domain. - Author: Christopher Bram
Writers quotes by Christopher Bram
#9. Joyce's writing in Dubliners contains some of the most unshowily beautiful sentences in the English language. I learned from him that if you write a good, clean line of English, you can get under a reader's skin. The reader won't even know why, but there you are. Didion, Berger, the many others I mentioned above, and many, many poets I haven't mentioned. Writers of this calibre are the moving targets the rest of us are always chasing. - Author: Teju Cole
Writers quotes by Teju Cole
#10. Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into account whether a person is a good writer. - Author: Bob Schieffer
Writers quotes by Bob Schieffer
#11. If the novels are still being read in 50 years, no one is ever going to say: 'What's great about that sixth book is that he met his deadline!' It will be about how the whole thing stands up. - Author: George R R Martin
Writers quotes by George R R Martin
#12. I think there are a lot more writers who are actors than you know; they just don't have roles on famous TV shows that you recognize. - Author: Danny Strong
Writers quotes by Danny Strong
#13. I read everything aloud, novels as well as picture books. I believe the eye and ear are different listeners. So as writers, we have to please both. - Author: Jane Yolen
Writers quotes by Jane Yolen
#14. Geeks run the world. Condoleezza Rice is a geek, Bill Gates is clearly a geek, many of the big filmmakers and writers are geeks, lots of military people are geeks. Anyone who has heard Donald Rumsfeld talk about military hardware knows they are in the presence of a geek. - Author: China Mieville
Writers quotes by China Mieville
#15. Fast reading of a great novel will get us the plot. It will get us names, a shadowy idea of characters, a sketch of settings. It will not get us subtleties, small differentiations, depth of emotion and observation, multilayered human experience, the appreciation of simile and metaphor, any sense of context, any comparison with other novels, other writers. Fast reading will not get us cadence and complexities of style and language. It will not get us anything that enters not just the conscious mind but the unconscious. It will not allow the book to burrow down into our memory and become part of ourselves, the accumulation of knowledge and wisdom and vicarious experience which helps to form us as complete human beings. It will not develop our awareness or add to the sum of our knowledge and intelligence. Read parts of a newspaper quickly or an encyclopaedia entry, or a fast-food thriller, but do not insult yourself or a book which has been created with its author's painstakingly acquired skill and effort, by seeing how fast you can dispose of it. - Author: Susan Hill
Writers quotes by Susan Hill
#16. Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea. - Author: Richard Ford
Writers quotes by Richard Ford
#17. There is a group of entrepreneurs pushing the envelope, government officials that are making significant changes despite the odds, and visionary writers, academics, and colleagues whose work confirms, amplifies, and stretches my own thinking. - Author: Robin Chase
Writers quotes by Robin Chase
#18. When you work on a book and you have planned everything out and you are putting flesh to an idea and a surmise that before was mainly bones something funny happens. Your brain goes into an altered state where the words you write are not quite the words you want but rather the words dictated by the task at hand. - Author: David Amerland
Writers quotes by David Amerland
#19. There's a perilous word fiction writers need to watch out for. The word is 'had.' - Author: James Scott Bell
Writers quotes by James Scott Bell
#20. The music lets me see the story but the story doesn't let me write the words. - Author: Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
Writers quotes by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
#21. I became a physicist to understand the world, then I became a writer to try and change it. - Author: Carla H. Krueger
Writers quotes by Carla H. Krueger
#22. I jabbered too much in class about all the Russian writers whom I admired for being, among other things, uncouth and somewhat humorously melodramatic, such as Gogol and Dostoyevsky, just as it was in my own household when I was growing up. - Author: Richard Elman
Writers quotes by Richard Elman
#23. There are probably many, many people who are better writers than me. - Author: Nicolle Wallace
Writers quotes by Nicolle Wallace
#24. Humans need each other for equilibrium and support. But writers must pull aside to take a quiet walk alone, not just for the sake of serenity but to hear the Voice inside. That is how the storyteller connects with with others--listen, write, share. - Author: Patricia Hickman
Writers quotes by Patricia Hickman
#25. I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent. - Author: Marguerite Young
Writers quotes by Marguerite Young
#26. Writers don't have lifestyles. They just sit in little rooms and write. - Author: Norman Mailer
Writers quotes by Norman Mailer
#27. Writers like to believe they're in control of their material, but that's just a comforting lie. After more than twenty-five years of making my life as storyteller, it's become extremely -sometimes painfully- clear to me that I'm just a vehicle, a way for the story to get out into the world. But it's the story itself that does the telling. - Author: J.M. DeMatteis
Writers quotes by J.M. DeMatteis
#28. Linguists traditionally observe that esteemed writers have been using they as a gender-neutral pronoun for almost a thousand years. As far back as the 1400s, in the Sir Amadace story, one finds the likes of Iche mon in thayre degree ("Each man in their degree"). - Author: John McWhorter
Writers quotes by John McWhorter
#29. In my travels I am often asked if college stifles young writers. In my opinion, it doesn't stifle them enough. - Author: Flannery O'Connor
Writers quotes by Flannery O'Connor
#30. I wanted to be a writer from my early teenage years, but I never told anyone. Writers, in my opinion, were god-like creatures, and to say I was striving to be a writer would be incredibly arrogant. - Author: Tim Cahill
Writers quotes by Tim Cahill
#31. An actor is somebody who communicates someone else's words and emotions to an audience. It's not me. It's what writers want me to be. - Author: Maggie Smith
Writers quotes by Maggie Smith
#32. If you are going to be on TV for however many years, you want to make sure that you have writers that are giving you something to work with, and I got that in spades. - Author: Michael Shannon
Writers quotes by Michael Shannon
#33. Why would anyone pay for writing anymore when there's Facebook and why would anyone pay for music anymore when there's YouTube. - Author: Lisa Bedrick
Writers quotes by Lisa Bedrick
#34. You know, you hear about these writers reading 'Lolita' at 12. I wanted to be a chemistry teacher. - Author: Susan Barker
Writers quotes by Susan Barker
#35. There are writers out there who say they're writing a second series, and then you pick it up and it feels exactly the same, only the lead character is blonde instead of brunette. - Author: Alafair Burke
Writers quotes by Alafair Burke
#36. Comedians are people who embarrass themselves in style. - Author: A.D. Posey
Writers quotes by A.D. Posey
#37. A Tragic Honesty, like the Ian Hamilton biography of Lowell that I read recently, is a sad and occasionally terrifying account of how creativity can be simultaneously fragile and self-destructive; it also made me grateful that I am writing now, when the antidepressants are better, and we all drink less. Stories about contemporary writers being taken away in straitjackets are thin on the ground - or no one tells them to me, anyway - but it seemed to happen to Lowell and Yates all the time; there are ten separate page references under 'breakdowns' in the index of A Tragic Honesty. - Author: Nick Hornby
Writers quotes by Nick Hornby
#38. Librarians and romance writers accomplish one mission better than anyone, including English teachers: we create readers for life - and what could be more fulfilling than that? - Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Writers quotes by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
#39. Secular writers can tell a story about the physical, the emotional, and the intellectual parts of a character. But no matter how well they tell the story, they miss a facet that is innately part of all of us - the spiritual. - Author: Karen Kingsbury
Writers quotes by Karen Kingsbury
#40. A handwritten letter carries a lot of risk. It's a one-sided conversation that reveals the truth of the writer. Furthermore, the writer is not there to see the reaction of the person he writes to, so there's a great unknown to the process that requires a leap of faith. The writer has to choose the right words to express his sentences, and then, once he has sealed the envelope, he has to place those thoughts in the hands of someone else, trusting that the feelings will be delivered, and that the recipient will understand the writer's intent. How childish to think that could be easy. - Author: Adriana Trigiani
Writers quotes by Adriana Trigiani
#41. Mice: But reading all the good writers might discourage you.
Y.C.: Then you ought to be discouraged. - Author: Ernest Hemingway,
Writers quotes by Ernest Hemingway,
#42. We are writers, my love. We don't cry; we bleed on paper. - Author: A.Y.
Writers quotes by A.Y.
#43. The Huffington Post Investigative Fund's goal is to produce a broad range of investigative journalism created by both staff reporters and freelance writers, with a focus on working with the many experienced reporters and writers impacted by the economic contraction. The pieces will range from long-form investigations to short breaking news stories and will be presented in a variety of media - including text, audio, and video. - Author: Arianna Huffington
Writers quotes by Arianna Huffington
#44. A lot of writers want everything put on screen, but it doesn't work like that. The screenwriter brings her own imaginative interpretation, just as the director and actors do. - Author: Susan Hill
Writers quotes by Susan Hill
#45. The word 'NO' is the best motivation there is for the storyteller in you. - Author: A.K. Kuykendall
Writers quotes by A.K. Kuykendall
#46. In Jason Fried's book Rework, he writes that one of the smartest investments a business can make is in hiring great writers, and I completely agree. No - Author: Sophia Amoruso
Writers quotes by Sophia Amoruso
#47. All deeply good characters in imaginative literature, have to be, as it were, diluted with weakness or eccentricity; for only on such conditions are they comprehensible by readers and expressible by writers. Aldous Huxley - Author: Nicholas Murray
Writers quotes by Nicholas Murray
#48. People generally will soon understand that writers should be judged, not according to rules and species, which are contrary to nature and art, but according to the immutable principles of the art of composition, and the special laws of their individual temperaments. - Author: Victor Hugo
Writers quotes by Victor Hugo
#49. Much has been made about the death of the novel and the end of literature as it's seen to be assailed by technology, by the web, by the many and varied new forms of entertainment and culture. I don't share that pessimism because I think it is one of the great inventions of the human spirit. - Author: Richard Flanagan
Writers quotes by Richard Flanagan
#50. There is always a man eager to explain my mental illness to me. They all do it so confidently, motioning to their Hemingway and Bukowski bookshelf as they compare my depression to their late-night loneliness. There is always someone that rejected them that they equate their sadness to and a bottle of gin (or a song playing, or a movie) close by that they refer to as their cure. Somehow, every soft confession of my Crazy that I hand to them turns into them pulling out pieces of themselves to prove how it really is in my head.

So many dudes I've dated have faces like doctors ready to institutionalize
and love my crazy (but only on Friday nights.)

They tell their friends about my impulsive decision making and how I "get them" more than anyone they've ever met but leave out my staring off in silence for hours and the self-inflicted bruises on my cheeks.

None of them want to acknowledge a crazy they can't cure.

They want a crazy that fits well into a trope and gives them a chance to play Hero. And they always love a Crazy that provides them material to write about.

Truth is they love me best as a cigarette cloud of impossibility, with my lipstick applied perfectly and my Crazy only being pulled out when their life needs a little spice.

They don't want me dirty, having not left my bed for days. Not diseased. Not real.

So they invite me over when they're going through writer's block but don't answer m - Author: Lora Mathis
Writers quotes by Lora Mathis
#51. Why would a lazy guy become a parent of five? Then again, why would creative people who inherently don't like change and criticism become writers, actors, or comedians? There's something about this process. I joke about it: My kids have made me a better person, and I only need, like, 34 more of them to be a really good guy. - Author: Jim Gaffigan
Writers quotes by Jim Gaffigan
#52. I understand that each one of us works at a different speed, and has a slightly different process. I understand that these writers are painstaking, wanting each sentence-each word-to carry weight ... I know it's not laziness, but respect for the work, and I understand from my own work that haste makes waste. But I also understand that life is short, and that in the end, none of us is prolific. The creative spark dims, and then death puts it out. William Shakespeare, for instance, hasn't produced a new play for 400 years. That, my friends, is a long dry spell. - Author: Stephen King
Writers quotes by Stephen King
#53. The Greeks, at least by the fourth century BC, knew Britain as Albion. Originally applied to a Spanish tribe called the 'Albiones', the term was later adopted for Britain, perhaps because of its similarity to the Greek word for whiteness, alphos, thanks to the white chalk cliffs of the southeast coast. Pliny the Elder, writing in the first century AD, says that Britain had 'previously' been called Albion, so by then the name must have fallen out of common use.2 By the time Britain began to be referred to more frequently, the Greeks called it Prettannia, or Brettannia.3 What does seem certain is that in the fourth century BC, Pytheas of Massilia (Marseilles) sailed to Britain. Pytheas wrote down his experiences, but these only survive as incidental third-hand references by later writers. Most - Author: Guy De La Bedoyere
Writers quotes by Guy De La Bedoyere
#54. But I also know he'll probably be a more complex characters because of some of the things I've just gone through. Isn't that what writers are supposed to do? Gather life experience so that they can channel them and create great art?" -Graham - Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Writers quotes by Sarvenaz Tash
#55. Logic has rid us of the absurdity of our clothes. That's progress, no irony, only now we are cold. Hale and ill trade bodies with unusual willingness, while in midair souls tangle. The young start out disgusted and Poetry is left to the memo-writers. - Author: Odysseus Elytis
Writers quotes by Odysseus Elytis
#56. We can't worry about meaning. Ari proposed to us that meaning is a consumer item. Some people manufacture it through religion, philosophy, nationhood, politics, and some people buy it. But an artist is not a manufacturer. - Author: David Cronenberg
Writers quotes by David Cronenberg
#57. The power of the delete key. - Author: Buffy Andrews
Writers quotes by Buffy Andrews
#58. The really successful work in England tends to be working-class writers telling working-class stories. The film industry has been slow to wake up to that, for a variety of reasons. It still shocks me how few films are written or made in England about working-class life, given that those are the people who go to movies. - Author: Stephen Daldry
Writers quotes by Stephen Daldry
#59. There are lots of guys out there who write a better prose line than I do and who have a better understanding of what people are really like and what humanity is supposed to mean – hell, I know that. - Author: Stephen King
Writers quotes by Stephen King
#60. I first heard the term "meta-novel" at a writer's conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The idea is that even though each book in a series stands alone, when read collectively they form one big ongoing novel about the main character. Each book represents its own arc: in book one of the series we meet the character and establish a meta-goal that will carry him through further books, in book two that meta-goal is tested, in book three - you get the picture. - Author: Carolyn Wheat
Writers quotes by Carolyn Wheat
#61. Some brains are barren grounds, that will not bring seed or fruit forth, unless they are well manured with the old wit which is raked from other writers and speakers. - Author: Margaret Cavendish
Writers quotes by Margaret Cavendish
#62. In order to make room for more of God in our life, we need to let go of things that are currently filling our heart and reorder the things that are not ordered properly in Him. The importance of an appropriate detachment from the things of the world-or as they sometimes speak of it, the putting of our lives into the right-is stressed by all the spiritual writers. - Author: Ralph Martin
Writers quotes by Ralph Martin
#63. But most good writers are Don Quixote at heart, and unreasonableness is often a condition of art. - Author: Ha Jin
Writers quotes by Ha Jin
#64. In America, where writers are preoccupied with the craft of writing, I always try to introduce this concept of the badly written good story. Turning the hierarchy around and putting passion on top and not craft, because when you just focus on craft, you can write something that is very sterile. It looks beautiful, but soulless. So I warn them that, often in writing programs, articulation and clarity are more important than what you actually say . . . And you say, "It's so well-written, but who gives a fuck?" For certain, the guy who wrote it doesn't give a fuck. It's not something that has to do with his life; it's just something well-written and illuminating, and writing is not about that. The best stories you usually hear are stories that people feel some type of urgency about . . .

Nobody else in the world would look at writing as craftsmanship - it's totally this Protestant hardworking ethic. You go into this kind of infinite space of imagination and you fence yourself in with all kinds of laws. Why do we have to keep playing this strange game? - Author: Etgar Keret
Writers quotes by Etgar Keret
#65. Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself. - Author: Harlan Ellison
Writers quotes by Harlan Ellison
#66. All over the world, wherever there are capitalists, freedom of the press means freedom to buy up newspapers, to buy writers, to bribe, buy and fake "public opinion" for the benefit of the bourgeoisie. - Author: Vladimir Lenin
Writers quotes by Vladimir Lenin
#67. Writing isn't about creating perfect characters. There's no such thing. It's about creating characters that are real; flawed
yet beautiful, in that they know they need another person. Needing someone else doesn't make them weak; if they believed all they needed was them self, they would be. A strong heroine isn't afraid to admit that a best friend, or soul mate, is exactly what they need at one moment or another. A strong heroine never stands alone. They stand tall; they believe in who they are. They are perfect in every human flaw, because as humans we are flawed. And in every flaw, I see the perfection of their souls. Writers breath life into simple words and create beings
flaws and all. - Author: Cassandra Giovanni
Writers quotes by Cassandra Giovanni
#68. I am not one of those writers that it just flows out of effortlessly. I have to sit and write and rewrite and sometimes it's really challenging to get anything good out of myself. - Author: Princess Superstar
Writers quotes by Princess Superstar
#69. All writers have roots they draw from - travel, work, family. My roots are in science and it is fertile ground for fiction. - Author: Alan Lightman
Writers quotes by Alan Lightman
#70. I can sit in the room with the other writers and just keep saying no until there's something I really like or until I come up with something. In that respect the proportion of what's mine and what's other people's is controlled by me. It isn't even fair to talk about. - Author: Paul Reubens
Writers quotes by Paul Reubens
#71. In Japan, the writers have made up a literary community, a circle, a society. I think 90 percent of Japan's writers live in Tokyo. Naturally, they make a community. There are groups and customs, and so they are tied up in a way. - Author: Haruki Murakami
Writers quotes by Haruki Murakami
#72. Love doesn't make you a poet; it makes you poetry. - Author: Yarro Rai
Writers quotes by Yarro Rai
#73. Since many things we see were once an idea, let us create good ideas today because they will be the realities of tomorrow! When you create an idea, do not forget that you shape the future! Idea is your God side! With ideas, you can change the universe, but only with very great ideas! - Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
Writers quotes by Mehmet Murat Ildan
#74. I've wanted to direct for a long time, but it had to be a story I wanted to tell. The writer's job is to find the story that he should tell. - Author: Peter Hedges
Writers quotes by Peter Hedges
#75. Many people who want to be writers don't really want to be writers. They want to have been writers. They wish they had a book in print. - Author: James A. Michener
Writers quotes by James A. Michener
#76. If you enjoy knocking self-publishing writers, write something better first, then, knock on! - Author: Robert Scott
Writers quotes by Robert Scott
#77. Great books can be ruined by bad writers. - Author: Travis Simmons
Writers quotes by Travis Simmons
#78. The best life for a writer is the life which helps him write the best books he can. - Author: Julian Barnes
Writers quotes by Julian Barnes
#79. If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers - not all of whom are modern ... I mean, if you are willing to make allowances for the way English has changed, you can go way, way back with this - becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It's like eating candy for the soul. So probably the smart thing to say is that lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn't mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you're just never the same. - Author: David Foster Wallace
Writers quotes by David Foster Wallace
#80. It's a bit of a crapshoot out there with young writers right now anyway. - Author: George Murray
Writers quotes by George Murray
#81. Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed. - Author: Anna Freud
Writers quotes by Anna Freud
#82. That's why I've just gone on … collecting this particular kind of stuff – what you might call riff-raff. There's not a book here, Lawford, that hasn't at least a glimmer of the real thing in it – just Life, seen through a living eye, and felt. As for literature, and style, and all that gallimaufry, don't fear for them if your author has the ghost of a hint of genius in his making. - Author: Walter De La Mare
Writers quotes by Walter De La Mare
#83. And yet one did not find in the speech of Bergotte a certain luminosity which in his books, as in those of some other writers, often modified in the written phrase the appearance of its words. This was doubtless because that light issues from so profound a depth that its rays do not penetrate to our spoken words in the hours in which, thrown open to others by the act of conversation, we are to a certain extent closed against ourselves. - Author: Marcel Proust
Writers quotes by Marcel Proust
#84. It's plain to see that the romance has slightly slipped from the Bohemian lifestyle. But we're literary Gypsies, all of us, and it's only recently that we're starting to realise we're not alone. The Internet is connecting all the healers and storytellers, the wild people and mystics, the writers and painters, and the ones who are slightly cracked.

I've always loved wild people. - Author: Karl Wiggins
Writers quotes by Karl Wiggins
#85. The writer's curse is that the more you fall in love with the work you're doing, the more I think it shows. - Author: Greg Rucka
Writers quotes by Greg Rucka
#86. Writing is like breathing for my soul. - Author: A.D. Posey
Writers quotes by A.D. Posey
#87. One of the common themes you will read in interview after interview is the call to keep fighting for your vision. This is a message to women directors, producers, writers - anyone who wants to work in the business. Your voice counts. Your vision matters. - Author: Melissa Silverstein
Writers quotes by Melissa Silverstein
#88. In the hands of good writers, you have the opportunity to present both sides of an opinion equally and that you leave it to the audience to listen and then make up their own minds. - Author: Mandy Patinkin
Writers quotes by Mandy Patinkin
#89. In general, writers shouldn't be killed for what they write, though I can think of exceptions. - Author: Salman Rushdie
Writers quotes by Salman Rushdie
#90. Writers must be fair and remember even bad guys (most of them, anyway) see themselves as good - they are the heroes of their own lives. Giving them a fair chance as characters can create some interesting shades of gray - and shades of gray are also a part of life. - Author: Stephen King
Writers quotes by Stephen King
#91. Of course, the fact that Dostoevsky can tell a juicy story isn't enough to make him great. If it were, Judith Krantz and John Grisham would be great fiction writers, and by any but the most commercial standards they're not even very good. - Author: David Foster Wallace
Writers quotes by David Foster Wallace
#92. Kafka is one of my very favorite writers. Kafka's fictional world is already so complete that trying to follow in his steps is not just pointless, but quite risky, too. What I see myself doing, rather, is writing novels where, in my own way, I dismantle the fictional world of Kafka that itself dismantled the existing novelistic system. - Author: Haruki Murakami
Writers quotes by Haruki Murakami
#93. Writing 'Schottenfreude' has reinforced the fact that there are few, if any, emotions that have not been experienced, and analyzed, by some of the world's greatest writers. - Author: Ben Schott
Writers quotes by Ben Schott
#94. Memorizing the writer's handbook doesn't make you a writer. It makes you a specialist, and it puts you to a class with people who were given the same training. You all share the same view from the same room. - Author: Keith Buckley
Writers quotes by Keith Buckley
#95. The first time I remember women reacting to me was when we were filming Hud in Texas. Women were literally trying to climb through the transoms at the motel where I stayed. At first, it's flattering to the ego. At first. Then you realize that they're mixing me up with the roles I play - characters created by writers who have nothing to do with who I am. - Author: Paul Newman
Writers quotes by Paul Newman
#96. A good many established writers seem to have the feeling that some day they are going to be found out, revealed as frauds. - Author: Patricia Wentworth
Writers quotes by Patricia Wentworth
#97. This is apparently a little promotional ¶ where we're supposed to explain "how and why we came to" the subject of our GD series book (the stuff in quotations is the editor's words). The overall idea is to humanize the series and make the books and their subjects seem warmer and more accessible. So that people will be more apt to buy the books. I'm pretty sure this is how it works. The obvious objection to such promotional ¶s is that, if the books are any good at all, then the writers' interest and investment in their subjects will be so resoundingly obvious in the texts themselves that these little pseudo-intimate Why I Cared Enough About Transfinite Math and Where It Came From to Spend a Year Writing a Book About It blurblets are unnecessary; whereas, if the books aren't any good, it's hard to see how my telling somebody that as a child I used to cook up what amounted to simplistic versions of Zeno's Dichotomy and ruminate on them until I literally made myself sick, or that I once almost flunked a basic calc course and have seethed with dislike for conventional higher-math education ever since, or that the ontology and grammar of abstractions have always struck me as one of the most breathtaking problems in human consciousness - how any such stuff will help. The logic of this objection seems airtight to me. In fact, the only way the objection doesn't apply is if these ¶s are really nothing more than disguised ad copy, in which case I don't see why anyone reading them should - Author: David Foster Wallace
Writers quotes by David Foster Wallace
#98. Real writers write. Period. No, the muse does not come to visit everyday. She's a lazy, precocious flirt. You cannot get into the habit of being "in the mood" to write. No writer on Earth is in the mood to write everyday, but the good ones do it anyway. They fight through their fatigue, their stress, their doubt, and they write. They get the words on the page. Period.
So stop waiting for your muse. Trust me, she sleeps around. - Author: Darynda Jones
Writers quotes by Darynda Jones
#99. But it's clear to me that us slow-poke writers are a dying breed. It's amazing how thoroughly my young writing students have internalized the new machine rhythm, the rush many of my young writers are in to publish. The majority don't want to sit on a book for four, five years. The majority don't want to listen to the silence inside and outside for their artistic imprimatur. The majority want to publish fast, publish now. - Author: Junot Diaz
Writers quotes by Junot Diaz
#100. I admire writers who can remain objective and distanced, but that doesn't seem to be in my toolbox, somehow. - Author: Gail Simone
Writers quotes by Gail Simone
#101. We must carefully cultivate the voice that speaks to us because an internal voice is the ultimate narrator of our charming and delightful personal story or the documentarian of our tragic and disgraceful plotlines. Stories that we tell ourselves become our functional reality, which format structures the concourse of the nested emotional control panel that guides and girds us through the din of the present. - Author: Kilroy J. Oldster
Writers quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#102. We write to strengthen our soul and the spirit of other souls. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writers quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#103. All my life, the library has always been one of my favorite places to go. (Larry Brown: A Writer's Life by Jean W. Cash) - Author: Larry Brown
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#104. The Great stories give us the hope and the courage to survive life. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writers quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#105. In general, though, one should never forget the role money plays in shaping the writer's life, and the life inevitably informs the work. My own position is that I always want to convince a publisher to give me adequate money for what I want to do. At the same time, what I want to do is to arrive at full expression in a way that seduces, that pleases people in a way they didn't expect to be pleased, or even want to be pleased. - Author: Tim Parks
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#106. We will read books together inside the blanket and stay warm. And keep writing poetry in our respective journals. Time will fly but we will still remain inside the blanket forever. - Author: Avijeet Das
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#107. I knew I wanted to be a writer. Where I came from, no one was a writer. I came from Long Island, and everyone became a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer or a teacher or a businessman. I didn't know any writers. - Author: Howard Gordon
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#108. I've heard people, usually writers, say that no one wrote a great book after winning the Booker, but I honestly did not feel any big pressure. 'The Gathering' did hang over me in that it was darker than I thought at the time. - Author: Anne Enright
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#109. Nobody told all the new e-mail writers that the essence of writing is rewriting. Just because they are writing with ease and enjoyment doesn't mean they are writing well. - Author: William Zinsser
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#110. Besides the money aspect, I guess I was curious about sex work. In the way that most people are, but also because ever since I was a teen I had read feminist writers like Dworkin and Mackinnon and the way they wrote about sex work had an enormous impact on me. Was it really as horrible as they said? - Author: Marie Calloway
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#111. Eventually Frances was credited with writing 325 scripts covering every conceivable genre. She also directed and produced half a dozen films, was the first Allied woman to cross the Rhine in World War I, and served as the vice president and only woman on the first board of directors of the Screen Writers Guild. She painted, sculpted, spoke several languages fluently, and played "concert caliber" piano. Yet she claimed writing was "the refuge of the shy" and she shunned publicity; she was uncomfortable as a heroine, but she refused to be a victim. - Author: Cari Beauchamp
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#112. The dilemma for women who love to write may not have so much to do with finding the elusive literary voice, as with being reluctant to use the one that's already lurking inside, just waiting for the chance to speak up. Many of us, especiall,y those from the generations taught to be good, accommodating girls, are afraid of sounding too strong, too loud, too unconventional, or simply too much like the self we're afraid to reveal to the world. Most of us have at least an inkling of what form our writing voice should take, if only we might find the courage to reveal it. - Author: Nava Atlas
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#113. Read Jerrod Edson. He is one of our best young writers. - Author: David Adams Richards
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#114. 19. Before the divine fire is introduced into the substance of the soul and united with it through perfect and complete purgation and purity, its flame, which is the Holy Spirit, wounds the soul by destroying and consuming the imperfections of its bad habits. And this is the work of the Holy Spirit, in which he disposes it for divine union and transformation in God through love. The very fire of love that afterward is united with the soul, glorifying it, is what previously assailed it by purging it, just as the fire that penetrates a log of wood is the same that first makes an assault on the wood, wounding it with the flame, drying it out, and stripping it of its unsightly qualities until it is so disposed that it can be penetrated and transformed into the fire. Spiritual writers call this activity the purgative way. - Author: San Juan De La Cruz
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#115. Lately, because computer technology has made self-publishing an easier and less expensive venture, I'm getting a lot of review copies of amateur books by writers who would be better advised to hone their craft before committing it to print. The best thing you can do as a beginning writer is to write, write, write - and read, read, read. Concentrating on publication prematurely is a mistake. You don't pick up a violin and expect to play Carnegie Hall within the year - yet somehow people forget that writing also requires technical skills that need to be learned, practiced, honed. If I had a dollar for every person I've met who thought, with no prior experience, they could sit down and write a novel and instantly win awards and make their living as a writer, I'd be a rich woman today. It's unrealistic, and it's also mildly insulting to professional writers who have worked hard to perfect their craft. Of course, then you hear stories about people like J.K. Rowling, who did sit down with no prior experience and write a worldwide best-seller...but such people are as rare as hen's teeth. Every day I work with talented, accomplished writers who have many novels in print and awards to their name and who are 'still' struggling to make a living. The thing I often find myself wanting to say to new writers is: Write because you love writing, learn your craft, be patient, and be realistic. Anais Nin said about writing, "It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it bre - Author: Terri Windling
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#116. Sometimes all you want to do is to keep on writing. - Author: Avijeet Das
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#117. that feeling you might call "writer's block" is actually fear. The - Author: Robert Maurer
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#118. All the books were beginning to turn against me. Indeed, I must have been blind as a bat not to have seen it long before, the ludicrous contradiction between my theory of life and my actual experiences as a reader. George MacDonald had done more to me than any other writer; of course it was a pity that he had that bee in his bonnet about Christianity. He was good in spite of it. Chesterton has more sense than all the other moderns put together; bating, of course, his Christianity. Johnson was one of the few authors whom I felt I could trust utterly; curiously enough, he had the same kink. Spenser and Milton by a strange coincidence had it too. Even among ancient authors the same paradox was to be found. The most religious (Plato, Aeschylus, Virgil) were clearly those on whom I could really feed. On the other hand, those writers who did not suffer from religion and with whom in theory my sympathy ought to have been complete -- Shaw and Wells and Mill and Gibbon and Voltaire -- all seemed a little thin; what as boys we called "tinny". It wasn't that I didn't like them. They were all (especially Gibbon) entertaining; but hardly more. There seemed to be no depth in them. They were too simple. The roughness and density of life did not appear in their books. - Author: C.S. Lewis
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#119. Literature is always trying to show other parts of this immense universe in which we live. It's endless. I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds. - Author: Nathalie Sarraute
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#120. I added 'writers' to my list of people not to trust. They make everything up. - Author: David Mitchell
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#121. This is the strange life of books that you enter along as a writer, mapping an unknown territory that arises as you travel. If you succeed in the voyage, others enter after, one at a time, also alone, but in communion with your imagination, traversing your route. Books are solitudes where we meet. - Author: Rebecca Solnit
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#122. There is plenty of work that needs to be done by men to dismantle patriarchy - Author: Malebo Sephodi
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#123. If you want to do something very praiseworthy and very saintly, make a child happy! - Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
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#124. A writer writes knowing that nothing else will elicit the same kind of satisfaction and personal triumph as molding the written word into a reader's great experience. - Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
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#125. There is no shortage of wonderful writers. What we lack is a dependable mass of readers. - Author: Kurt Vonnegut
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#126. It hurt me a great deal. It put a lot of pressure on me because I was at a young age and the writers around here and throughout the league starting comparing me to Cobb. It put a lot of pressure on me. - Author: Al Kaline
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#127. I think one of the coolest things about the job is the level of trust we have for each other. The actors fully trust that the writers will write amazing episodes, and the writers trust that the actors will follow their instincts with the characters. - Author: John Krasinski
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#128. You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen. - Author: Paul Simon
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#129. That friend of hers has got to go, though. You're lucky you got stuck with that Dexter guy instead of her.'

'Yeah, but that Dexter couldn't shut his piehole either,' Marlon says. 'I mean, Christ. Artists and writers - let them kill each other off in cage matches; let God sort 'em out. - Author: Dexter Palmer
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#130. Human beings do not perceive things whole; we are not gods but wounded creatures, cracked lenses, capable only of fractured perceptions - Author: Salman Rushdie
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#131. A masterpiece does not unfurl its wings immediately. It takes time. It will fly when it is ready. - Author: A.D. Posey
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#132. When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army - writers, intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression. - Author: Antonio Tabucchi
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#133. Buying, borrowing, or stealing the book is the easy part. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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#134. It's been so long since a talented writer last occupied the White House; no wonder, then, that American writers have been among the most prominent of all the demographic groups claiming a piece of Barack Obama for themselves. - Author: Jonathan Raban
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#135. Under Polly's eyes, her gaunt cheeks, and her shaking hands as she poured the tea. * * * Cat watches as her cab winds its way through the streets of Soho, thinking she would never stoop to that. It's the lowest of the low. We're supposed to be features writers, not news hacks. But behind her mutterings, behind her disdain, as unwilling as she is to admit it, lies a ribbon of insecurity. The Daily Gazette is the best paper she could ever imagine working for, but Cat, just past her mid-twenties, has yet to prove herself with a big story. She's proving adept at the smaller fluff pieces - How to wear a scarf in thirty different ways! How to put the romance back into your marriage! (As if she would know anything about that.) How to revamp your wardrobe in five easy steps! But the big interviews, the ones that Poppy - Author: Jane Green
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#136. Writers know - especially new writers - [that] a lot of it [creative process] is the prewriting stage, the talking, brainstorming, the narrative arc and the character sketches. - Author: Jenna Bush
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#137. Scandinavian crime fiction has become a great success all across the world and rightfully so. Sjowall and Wahloo ushered in a whole generation of Swedish crime writers, many of whom are now available in English. - Author: Camilla Lackberg
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#138. When life gives you a second chance, don't just run with it…fly. - Author: A.D. Posey
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#139. I wish more Italian literature were translated and read in English. I've discovered so many extraordinary and diverse writers: Lalla Romano, Carlo Cassola. Beppe Fenoglio, Giorgio Manganelli, just to name a few. - Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
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#140. So it happened at last: I was about to become a thief, a cheap milk-stealer. Here was your lash-in-the-pen genius, your one story-writer: a thief. - Author: John Fante
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#141. Never believe everything you read; all writers are liars, it's what we do. - Author: Callie Press
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#142. Whenever an artist becomes dominated by his own ignorance, his art loses value, for it is only the professional artist that can be humble enough to admit that he is a tool in the hands of creativity. - Author: Robin Sacredfire
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#143. Hire great writers If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn't matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off. That's because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else's shoes. They know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate. - Author: Jason Fried
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#144. I haven't had writer's block. I think it's because my process involves writing very badly. - Author: Jennifer Egan
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#145. Use the rows, otherwise you either go nowhere or you are drifted to somewhere unwanted! - Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
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#146. Many writers will get a contract by selling chapters and outlines or something like that. I wrote the entire novel, and when it was all finished, I would give it to my agent and say, 'Well, here's a novel; sell it if you can.' And they would do that, and it was good because I never had anyone looking over my shoulder. - Author: George R R Martin
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#147. Hollywood shines by virtue of light within. - Author: A.D. Posey
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#148. Because there are a million thoughts that never sleep
and a million more that wake up as each second passes by ...
And it's insanity inside
but I can no longer keep quiet
Oh, I can't speak as well
I need to write
I have to write ... - Author: Sanhita Baruah
Writers quotes by Sanhita Baruah
#149. Pour your heart onto the page. - Author: A.D. Posey
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#150. I think at places like 'Slate' or the magazine where I work, there was a really poor record of hiring African-American writers. It was really that simple. And I think with the proliferation of the Internet and Internet media, it has been a little harder to maintain that gatekeeper position. - Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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#151. Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him? - Author: Sigmund Freud
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#152. Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully - love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion. - Author: Tony Snow
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#153. I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers. - Author: Steve Martin
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#154. The pleasure of the sentence is to a high degree cultural. The artifact created by rhetors, grammarians, linguists, teachers, writers, parents
this artifact is mimicked in a more or less ludic manner; we are playing with an exceptional object, whose paradox has been articulated by linguistics: immutably structured and yet infinitely renewable: something like chess. - Author: Roland Barthes
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#155. Writers, by nature, are going to be slightly more delusional than others because we're dreamers, we imagine the unlikely, that's how we create... Rather than hoping my delusion becomes a reality, I'd prefer to keep on being deluded, to dream bigger and to imagine greater. My greater worry would be becoming less delusional . - Author: Rowena Wiseman
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#156. The writer's job is to tell the truth, - Author: Ernest Hemingway,
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#157. Certain unique books seem to be without forerunners or successors as far as their authors are concerned. Even though they may profoundly influence the work of other writers, for their creator they're complete, not leading anywhere. - Author: Dodie Smith
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#158. As crime writers, we put these characters, year after year, book after book, through the most horrendous trauma, dealing with grief and death and loss and violence. We can't pretend that these things don't affect these characters; they have to. If they don't, then you're essentially writing cartoons. - Author: Mark Billingham
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#159. It's a shame publishers send rejection slips. Writers should get something more substantial than a slip that amounts to a pile of confetti. Publishers should send something heavier. Editors should send out rejection bricks, so at the end of a lot of years, you would have something to show besides a wheelbarrow of rejection slips. Instead you could have enough bricks to build a house. - Author: Jerry Spinelli
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#160. Now, if the writers of these four books [Gospels] had gone into a court of justice to prove an alibi, (for it is of the nature of an alibi that is here attempted to be proved, namely, the absence of a dead body by supernatural means,) and had they given their evidence in the same contradictory manner as it is here given, they would have been in danger of having their ears cropt for perjury, and would have justly deserved it. Yet this is the evidence, and these are the books, that have been imposed upon the world as being given by divine inspiration, and as the unchangeable word of God. - Author: Thomas Paine
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#161. As a dedicated, successful writer, Lydia Sigourney violated essential elements of the very gender roles she celebrated. In the process, she offered young, aspiring women writers around the country an example of the possibilities of achieving both fame and economic reward. - Author: Lydia Sigourney
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#162. Here in New York, we're media obsessed. Writers write about writers who write about writers and reporters and freelancers, and it's just a festival of information. We're all analyzing and examining and predicting, and I can't imagine that it's like that everywhere else. - Author: Lauren Weisberger
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#163. I wrote my senior essay on the Santa Fe Writer's Colony and my dissertation on sacred landscapes - the Grand Canyon, the Dakota Badlands. As a setting, I love the West. I just love that western landscape. - Author: Elise Broach
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#164. Reading has always brought me pure joy. I read to encounter new worlds and new ways of looking at the world. I read to enlarge my horizons, to gain wisdom, to experience beauty, to understand myself better, and for the pure wonderment of it all. I read and marvel over how writers use language in ways I never thought of. I read for company, and for escape. Because I am incurably interested in the lives of other people, both friends and strangers, I read to meet myriad folks and enter their lives- for me, a way of vanquishing the "otherness" we all experience. - Author: Nancy Pearl
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#165. The painters could be identified by dirty fingernails; the writers by conversation in labored monosyllables and aggressive vulgarities which disguised their minds. - Author: William Gaddis
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#166. Paul Theroux on Blogging, Travel Writing, and Three Cups of Tea

Speaking of books that contain an element of travel, Greg Mortenson's bestseller about Central Asia was in the news recently. Were you surprised by the allegations that Three Cups of Tea contained fabrications?

No, I wasn't. One of the things The Tao of Travel shows is how unforthcoming most travel writers are, how most travelers are. They don't tell you who they were traveling with, and they're not very reliable about things that happened to them. For example, everyone loved John Steinbeck's book Travels With Charley. Turns out he didn't travel alone, his wife kept meeting him, yet she was never mentioned in the book. Steinbeck didn't go to all the places he mentioned, nor did he meet all the people he said he met. In other words, Travels With Charley is fiction, or at least half-fiction. As for Three Cups of Tea, I think that philanthropists and humanitarians are even less forthcoming about what they do. I guess this guy did build a couple of schools in Afghanistan, but a self-promoting humanitarian is not someone I have a great deal of trust or belief in. I lived for six years in Africa and I've been to Africa numerous times since then. People build schools for their own reasons - not to improve a country.

The people I've known who've done great things of that type - you know, building hospitals, running schools - are very humble people. They give their lives to the project. Mi - Author: Paul Theroux
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#167. My native gifts are not remarkable, but I have a certain force of character which has enabled me in a measure to supplement my deficiencies. I have common-sense. Most people cannot see anything, but I can see what is in the front of my nose with extreme clearness; the greatest writers can see through a brick wall. My vision is not so penetrating. For many years I have been described as a cynic; I told the truth. I wish no one to take me for other than I am, and on the other hand I see no need to accept others' pretences. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#168. We only pay for what we admire, want and recognize as necessary, even when a cup of coffee is priced at the same value of a book that can change our entire future. - Author: Robin Sacredfire
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#169. Some people have too many crazy thoughts to keep bottled in their brains. They're called writers. - Author: James Gough
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#170. It is a wise writer who knows his own subconscious. - Author: Ray Bradbury
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#171. Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no tellin' who That it's namin' For the loser now Will be later to win For the times they are a-changin'. - Author: Bob Dylan
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#172. A writer's primary goal is to make sense. The bookstore's is to make cents. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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#173. Like many writers, I lived inside of books as a child. - Author: Roxane Gay
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#174. Perhaps there is no other way of reaching some understanding of being than through art? Writers themselves don't analyze what they do; to analyze would be to look down while crossing a canyon on a tightrope. To say this is not to mystify the process of writing but to make an image out of the intense inner concentration the writer must have to cross the chasms of the aleatory and make them the word's own, as an explorer plants a flag. - Author: Nadine Gordimer
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#175. Sometimes you read a passage by a great writer, and you know what he says and how he says it will always be, for you, the only possible way it could be. Less often a painter will describe an event in a way that fits into your interpretation of that event so perfectly that it becomes the event itself. - Author: Vincent Price
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#176. The best cure for cranial constipation is emotional fiber. Feel 'something', anything.
Pain, anger, joy; if your heart goes eerily cold or leaps erratically from your chest, your synaptic bowels will soon find release. - Author: Muse
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#177. The people I've known who wanted to become writers, knowing what it meant, did become writers. - Author: John Gardner
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#178. Writers Are Insane. For months we are lone wolves locked in our caves. Then overnight we become publicity hounds. It's a schizophrenic business. - Author: Robert Mykle
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#179. Many writers upon the science of political economy have declared that it is the duty of a nation first to encourage the creation of wealth; and second, to direct and control its distribution. All such theories are delusive. - Author: Leland Stanford
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#180. Facing the sagging middle when writing a novel, while inevitable, may be
overcome by pre-planning. I divide my collection of proposed scenes into three acts, each scene inciting tension that builds toward the final crisis in Act Three. If by Act Two the emotional river isn't spilling over the banks, I reassess the plot so that once the writing is flowing I don't slide into a dry creek. The central character should be struggling to navigate life well into the end of Act One, even if her fiercest antagonist is only from within. - Author: Patricia Hickman
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#181. I often wonder if all the writers who are alcoholics drink a lot because they aren't writing. It is not because they are writers that they are drinking, but because they are writers who are not writing. - Author: Natalie Goldberg
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#182. When I think about writers who use fiction as social commentary and to raise social awareness but who are also very popular, I think of Dickens. - Author: Jodi Picoult
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#183. (On her son) I've met writer's block. He is short, diapered and keeps unplugging my laptop. Good news: he can be conquered with a bottle and a nap. - Author: Cyrese Covelli
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#184. Go somewhere or go nowhere, the choice is yours. - Author: Steven Cuoco
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#185. Most writers write too much. I have the exact opposite problem. I feel I could write almost anything in a paragraph. I have a natural ability to condense, and so I often think, "Are you kidding me? Five thousand words? How am I gonna make 5,000 words out of that?" - Author: Fran Lebowitz
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#186. If you do enough planning before you start to write, there's no way you can have writer's block. I do a complete chapter by chapter outline. - Author: R.L. Stine
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#187. Maybe she had "no more books left inside her," as people often sorrowfully say about writers, envisioning the imagination as a big pantry, either well stocked with goods or else wartime-empty. - Author: Meg Wolitzer
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#188. What makes revolutionary thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, clear words that are understood without the need for any help from elite writers or thinkers. - Author: Nawal El Saadawi
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#189. Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin. - Author: Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
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#190. We writers spent the entire twentieth century tearing down the bourgeoisie! ... We in the arts have been complicit in the denigration of the best people on earth. Why? Because so many of the most influential ideas of our time are the product of a new creature of the twentieth century, a creature that did not exist until 1898 - and that creature is known as 'the intellectual. - Author: Tom Wolfe
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#191. I do not love men: I love what devours them. - Author: Andre Gide
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#192. When people starts to enjoy a writer's pen, he becomes a legend even if his stories are neither long nor publicly surrounded by expectations. - Author: A. Saleh
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#193. Most writers flourish greatly on a simple, healthy routine with occasional time off for gaiety. - Author: Dorothea Brande
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#194. Words exist in the smile on your face, the life in your eyes, the passion in your soul, and those beautiful and open enough to recognize it. THAT is a writers haven … - Author: Dawn Garcia
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#195. My father once admonished me to master the laws that govern fine writing until I could weave my words into worlds. If ever I accomplish that feat, I will sign my name to the tale. - Author: Brandon Mull
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#196. Mark Twain, cynical about so much else, has a particular reverence in the Holy Land for "sitting where a god has stood". What flabbergasted him was that his traveling companions would be in such a sanctified environment and winter what they saw according to other writers or their denominational background instead their own experience with the holy. - Author: Mark Twain
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#197. When I went to the University of Iowa in order to be a writer, I thought, This is the worst way to learn how to write. To sit in a room with a bunch of would-be writers, who want to write the Great American Novel, every one of them, and you read their stories and they read yours, and you're not living a life. I don't like that. I like learning on the job. The character of my work has definitely evolved from the character of my life. - Author: Joe Frank
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#198. Not infrequently it turns out that a writer whom people have long credited with an extraordinary depth of ideas whom they have expected to exert an extraordinary and major influence on the direction of society, displays in the end such a watered down and minuscule version of his basic little idea that no one is even sorry that he's succeeded in writing himself out. - Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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#199. I don't mind writing philosophical thoughts. If I don't want to die like one. - Author: Debasish Mridha
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#200. I think there's something about a writer's disposition, that is, even if unaware, always slightly in a witness state. - Author: Dani Shapiro
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