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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
Writing quotes by Vladimir Nabokov
#2. This is a stamina game, so don't despair if you run down a blind alley and have to start over, or if you get another rejection letter. Every successful writer has gone through that, but they kept writing and didn't quit until they made it happen. - Author: Tim Maleeny
Writing quotes by Tim Maleeny
#3. I do write my manuscripts by hand, in pencil on legal pads. Then they are typed on a word processor by my typist. - Author: Nelson DeMille
Writing quotes by Nelson DeMille
#4. I don't know how to stop it, there was never any intent to write a programming language [ ... ] I have absolutely no idea how to write a programming language, I just kept adding the next logical step on the way. - Author: Rasmus Lerdorf
Writing quotes by Rasmus Lerdorf
#5. When I sit near the ocean in the morning and write my verses and breathe the salty wind which is coming from the water, I rejoice in God and I am blissful, as I was as a child. - Author: Joseph Goebbels
Writing quotes by Joseph Goebbels
#6. Becoming a writer is a lifelong journey. It cannot be learned in a day or even a month or a year. We will never fully learn all there is to know about our craft, and even if we did we wouldn't realize it. We are filled with self-doubt by nature, and many of us will work our entire lives to master the art of the written word without ever recognizing the true talent we possess. Writing is a personal journey of self-discovery and growth, and should be honored as such. If you wonder about my best writing, I would say it came without warning, in moments when I was most vulnerable - with the door shut and my heart split wide open. - Author: Shanda Trofe Write From The Heart
Writing quotes by Shanda Trofe Write From The Heart
#7. It's not so easy writing about nothing. - Author: Patti Smith
Writing quotes by Patti Smith
#8. Definitely, there is a sense in my writing that people now know me in a personal way. And to an extent, that's true because I write about very personal things, and I use the personal often to contextualize some of these sociopolitical issues that we're dealing with. And to an extent, they're right. They know something about me. - Author: Roxane Gay
Writing quotes by Roxane Gay
#9. I must be lean & write & make worlds beside this to live in. - Author: Sylvia Plath
Writing quotes by Sylvia Plath
#10. 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
Writing quotes by John Gardner
#11. I write because I admire the act of rationalization, of seeking clarity in one's understanding of the complexities of life, and I'm bad at it. I'm slow. Writing, which is an arduous and slow process, proceeds at the same rate as my sloth-like mind. - Author: Gregory Maguire
Writing quotes by Gregory Maguire
#12. I teach a non-fiction writing class at New York University, and one of my great pleasures is deciding on the syllabus. - Author: Susan Orlean
Writing quotes by Susan Orlean
#13. It is infinitely harder to ask questions in such a way that the audience is led not to the answers (the province of the demagogue) but to new perceptions. - Author: Gore Vidal
Writing quotes by Gore Vidal
#14. Writing is an adventure. - Author: Winston Churchill
Writing quotes by Winston Churchill
#15. Even though I don't write about things that come from my life because I'm lucky, and I live in a great place with great kids and, you know, a great husband, I think you can find threads of me in the characters, so that's really what being a writer is, probably. - Author: Jodi Picoult
Writing quotes by Jodi Picoult
#16. 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
Writing quotes by Teju Cole
#17. Only the broken heart has the ghost of a chance to grieve, to forgive, to long, to transform.
Christina Baldwin, author of Life's Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice, 1990. Used with author's permission - Author: Judith-Victoria Douglas
Writing quotes by Judith-Victoria Douglas
#18. I started writing, or rather, thinking, stories as a child, and at that time the reason was very clear. - Author: John Sladek
Writing quotes by John Sladek
#19. I don't write or think too much about the word "salvation." I might; I probably should. We are such needy creatures, needing to be saved, to feel we are saved or might be, however we define ourselves, however we define that word. - Author: Pattiann Rogers
Writing quotes by Pattiann Rogers
#20. If I had the capabilities of being something other than I am, I would. It's no fun being an artist. You know what it's like, writing, it's torture. - Author: John Lennon
Writing quotes by John Lennon
#21. Be courageous: be still. - Author: Gina Greenlee
Writing quotes by Gina Greenlee
#22. I've been writing plays since the seventies and only came to moviemaking when I basically realized that I needed some money to pay the rent. I started to watch films with an eye to figuring out how to write them. - Author: John Patrick Shanley
Writing quotes by John Patrick Shanley
#23. We all start out with the same alphabet. We are all unique. Talent is not the most important thing
discipline and dedication are. Craft can be learned but desire and longing are innate. Despite the demands of school and just being young, try to write SOMETHING every day
a description, a captured emotion, a simile, a metaphor. Read, for crying out loud! A writer must read the way a ball player must go to the ballfield every day to practice. Everything is possible in this world of ours
and so's publication. - Author: Robert Cormier
Writing quotes by Robert Cormier
#24. She was like a heroine in a novel that she herself was writing the character kept protesting that she was too strong for love and yet the narrator went on describing her desire. - Author: Anna Godbersen
Writing quotes by Anna Godbersen
#25. Writing this letter is like putting a note in a bottle
And hoping
It will reach Japan. - Author: Alice Munro
Writing quotes by Alice Munro
#26. What shall I say of the gallantry with which these Marines have fought! Of the slopes of Hill 142; of the Mares Farm; of the Bois de Belleau and the Village of Bouresches stained with their blood, and not only taken away from the Germans in the full tide of their advance against the French, but held by my boys against counter attacks day after day and night after night. I cannot write of their splendid gallantry without tears coming to my eyes. - Author: James Harbord
Writing quotes by James Harbord
#27. I do these records. All of these ideas that I have, that I put out there, that inspire me to write, are a purging in a lot of ways. I have to expel them in order for myself to walk around and actually smile and be a regular, or a living, person. - Author: El-P
Writing quotes by El-P
#28. Deleuze's findings are confirmed by those of an experienced woman psychiatrist who for many years has made a study of automatic writing. In conversation this lady has informed me that, sooner or later, most automatists produce scripts in which certain metaphysical ideas are set forth. The theme of these scripts is always the same: namely, the the ground of the individual soul is identical with the divine Ground of all being. Returning to their normal state, the automatists read what they have written and often find it in complete disharmony with what they have always believed. - Author: Aldous Huxley
Writing quotes by Aldous Huxley
#29. A lot of people, for example, live an anxious life. They don't realize they have a super-high level of anxiety. So we're gonna work on really writing down how anxious you feel at the moment you wake up. There's nothing wrong with it; the point is you learn to evaluate yourself and regulate yourself. - Author: Cesar Millan
Writing quotes by Cesar Millan
#30. I want to write songs with meaning. I have high standards for my work. - Author: Brett Dennen
Writing quotes by Brett Dennen
#31. I can't write from the subconscious actually, because a lot of the time when I co-write with other people, I'm writing for them as opposed to for myself. When it comes to lyrics, I tend to want to give them their voice, since it's most likely going to be on their record, or somebody else's record. And I find for more commerial-style music, people want simplicity, less vagueness, and less space to fill between the lines, so to speak. So I can't be quite as ethereal and mystical. - Author: Gary Louris
Writing quotes by Gary Louris
#32. Rabindranath Tagore writes that the song he wanted to sing has never happened because he spent his days "stringing and unstringing" his instrument. Whenever I read these lines a certain sadness enters my soul. I get so preoccupied with the details and pressure of my schedule, with the hurry and worry of life, that I miss the song of goodness which is waiting to be sung through me. - Author: Joyce Rupp
Writing quotes by Joyce Rupp
#33. If Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker had teamed up to write epic fantasy, something like Split Heirs might have resulted. - Author: John DeChancie
Writing quotes by John DeChancie
#34. That's the thing that I've always kind of kept in the back of my head in writing about teens, that everything is so important, all the time, every day. Every day of your life, you're changing and making decisions and everything is an emergency to you. - Author: Jason Katims
Writing quotes by Jason Katims
#35. I wanted to write about my mother as she should have been if she had not been messed up by World War I. - Author: Doris Lessing
Writing quotes by Doris Lessing
#36. Ideas take root at the oddest moments. Some grow into novels, the weaker ones wither and die. - Author: Pippa DaCosta
Writing quotes by Pippa DaCosta
#37. I've been blogging since February of 2001. When I started blogging, it was a dinosaur blog. It was me and a handful of tyrannosaurs. We'd be writing blog entries like, 'The tyrannosaurus is getting grumpy.' - Author: Neil Gaiman
Writing quotes by Neil Gaiman
#38. Grandma told me Mama was once caught by the Principal for writing in the front of her book, "In Case of Fire, Throw This in First." I have never had so much respect for Mama as the day I heard this. - Author: Erma Bombeck
Writing quotes by Erma Bombeck
#39. I always say that I'm an artist who works with pictures and words, so I think that the different aspects of my activity, whether it's writing criticism, or doing visual work that incorporates writing, or teaching, or curating, is all of a single cloth, and I don't make any separation in terms of those practices. - Author: Barbara Kruger
Writing quotes by Barbara Kruger
#40. The kid's emotional growth won't suffer if they don't have the most frightening zombie costume in their class? No? Really?
Can I get that in writing? - Author: Taya Kyle
Writing quotes by Taya Kyle
#41. The one thing emphasized in any creative writing course is 'write what you know,' and that automatically drives a wooden stake through the heart of imagination. If they really understood the mysterious process of creating fiction, they would say, 'You can write about anything you can imagine.' - Author: Tom Robbins
Writing quotes by Tom Robbins
#42. I have always loved horror very much. I used to write stories for DC's House of Mystery. It was one of my first jobs writing for comics, and I loved it. - Author: Sergio Aragones
Writing quotes by Sergio Aragones
#43. My books are based on the "what if" principle. "What if you became invisible?" or "What if you did change into your mother for one day?" I then take it from there. Each book takes several months in the long process of writing, rewriting, writing, rewriting, and each has its own set of problems. The one thing I dislike about the writing process is the sometimes-loneliness of it all. Readers only get to see the glamour part of a bound book, not some of the agonizing moments one has while constructing it. - Author: Mary Rodgers
Writing quotes by Mary Rodgers
#44. At first the boys were puzzled by illness. They looked at their father from the other side of a wall of pain, bewildered that their father stood writing in his book, when he had only to reach over the division and lift them clear of it. - Author: Diane Setterfield
Writing quotes by Diane Setterfield
#45. Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her, explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say? - Author: J.M. Coetzee
Writing quotes by J.M. Coetzee
#46. I love stories, but writing fiction is another craft and I don't feel as if I have it. - Author: Joan Larkin
Writing quotes by Joan Larkin
#47. 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
Writing quotes by David Amerland
#48. I love to read. But I loved to read a lot longer than I started to love writing. - Author: Katherine Paterson
Writing quotes by Katherine Paterson
#49. What's important with writing is that it comes from a place you absolutely love. I'm writing for film and TV. In America, they call people like me 'multi-hyphenators.' - Author: Cush Jumbo
Writing quotes by Cush Jumbo
#50. I don't have any writing routine. Sometimes I go to my local coffee shop and I write there for some hours. Apart from that, I am traveling most of the time. I write in airports, trains, hotel rooms ... I can write anywhere. - Author: Jo Nesbo
Writing quotes by Jo Nesbo
#51. More often writing soliloquies of suffering and consolation than collective songs like the dirge, elegists have discovered that lyric sequences can provide a powerful means of addressing the tensions between grief's inchoate emotion and social rituals of mourning. - Author: Susan Stewart
Writing quotes by Susan Stewart
#52. The music lets me see the story but the story doesn't let me write the words. - Author: Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
Writing quotes by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
#53. When I began my career as a writer I thought it would be fun to put my imagination to the page. Now I am finding out that my imagination is able to fill in those pesky holes called details all on its own, and then neglecting to tell me how it did it. - Author: Jonathan Bender
Writing quotes by Jonathan Bender
#54. Creative writing and shooting are muscles that atrophy. But when you work them, you become a self-generator who can branch out. - Author: Eli Roth
Writing quotes by Eli Roth
#55. With two kids it's hard to find down time to write so I often write during their nap time. - Author: Tori Spelling
Writing quotes by Tori Spelling
#56. Why write [about my art]? Why not just show the photographs? - Author: Constantin Brancusi
Writing quotes by Constantin Brancusi
#57. Somebody at one of these places asked me: "What do you do? How do you write, create?" You don't, I told them. You "don't try". That's very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It's like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like it's looks, you make a pet out of it. - Author: Charles Bukowski
Writing quotes by Charles Bukowski
#58. I became a physicist to understand the world, then I became a writer to try and change it. - Author: Carla H. Krueger
Writing quotes by Carla H. Krueger
#59. Sometimes when I'm writing, I wonder if the words have a mind of their own, and if they're really just using me as a puppet to manifest themselves. - Author: Travis J. Dahnke
Writing quotes by Travis J. Dahnke
#60. Are you giving the same advice over and over and over again to clients, patients, pupils, interns or friends? If the answer is yes, you should probably write a book about whatever it is that you keep repeating. - Author: Gudjon Bergmann
Writing quotes by Gudjon Bergmann
#61. These matters having been arranged, I had a temporary awning erected near the river, and was for three or four days busily employed writing an account of our journey for the Governor's information. - Author: Charles Sturt
Writing quotes by Charles Sturt
#62. In order to be created, a work of art must first make use of the dark forces of the soul - Author: Albert Camus
Writing quotes by Albert Camus
#63. The Indian diaspora is a wonderful place to write from, and I am lucky to be part of it. - Author: Kiran Desai
Writing quotes by Kiran Desai
#64. As for developing a writing style'I would say that I tried to copy the pacing of the old movies I loved as a kid. - Author: Kola Boof
Writing quotes by Kola Boof
#65. I can sometimes gaze out of the window, at the sheep, ponies, grazing deer, and numerous woodland folk. It's a wonderful setting in which to write. I live on a dirt road, miles from anywhere, with no neighbors. - Author: Raymond Buckland
Writing quotes by Raymond Buckland
#66. As journalism dies, I kind of feel like I want some skills besides writing. I'd like to be able to write movies or host TV shows or whatever. Things that I might actually not inherently like quite as much, but are interesting and fun things to do. A good backup plan. - Author: Joel Stein
Writing quotes by Joel Stein
#67. Books and all forms of writing have always been objects of terror to those who seek to suppress the truth. - Author: Wole Soyinka
Writing quotes by Wole Soyinka
#68. Every credible scientist on earth says your products harm the environment. I recommend paying weasels to write articles casting doubt on the data. Then eat the wrong kind of foods and hope you die before the earth does. - Author: Scott Adams
Writing quotes by Scott Adams
#69. Rock is all about writing your own script; it's all about pioneering. - Author: Courtney Love
Writing quotes by Courtney Love
#70. She held out a small voice recorder. 'By the way, could you describe exactly how you felt at the moment of impact? I'm writing this short story
'Put that away, Hazel,' hissed Mam. 'The poor boy is in pain.'
Hazel persisted. 'Would that be a white-hot pain? Or more of a dull throbbing pain? - Author: Eoin Colfer
Writing quotes by Eoin Colfer
#71. At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. - Author: Tennessee Williams
Writing quotes by Tennessee Williams
#72. Writing lets other people know just how much fun it is in your head... - Author: William Petersen
Writing quotes by William Petersen
#73. It's still strange. - Author: Arthur K. Flam
Writing quotes by Arthur K. Flam
#74. Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing. - Author: Ben Hecht
Writing quotes by Ben Hecht
#75. You don't write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid's burnt socks lying in the road. - Author: Richard Price
Writing quotes by Richard Price
#76. Writing is not for me. I completely lose my sense of humor when I write. I become extremely pathetic, very sensational. Images give me possibilities that I don't have with words. - Author: Marjane Satrapi
Writing quotes by Marjane Satrapi
#77. No one will argue that writing is an easy profession. Getting someone to pay you for your words isn't easy. But there are strategies you can use to simplify the process and transform what you can produce. - Author: Ryan Holiday
Writing quotes by Ryan Holiday
#78. Writers don't have lifestyles. They just sit in little rooms and write. - Author: Norman Mailer
Writing quotes by Norman Mailer
#79. I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. - Author: Sharon Olds
Writing quotes by Sharon Olds
#80. The most amazing journey on earth is the journey of oneself. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Writing quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#81. No, I think that a person writes a poem because they have an inner urge of something that they want to express, and I think it's that inner urge that you want to express when you write a piece of music. - Author: Leo Ornstein
Writing quotes by Leo Ornstein
#82. This is a faithless old world. Men and women are hardheaded, pleasure-mad, money crazy. They write up their successes and say, "The power and might of my hand have done these things." God has been ruled out; consequently, the thrill and romance of true living are gone for most people. - Author: Lee Roberson
Writing quotes by Lee Roberson
#83. If I had waited long enough I probably never would have written anything at all since there is a tendency when you really begin to learn something about a thing not to want to write about it but rather to keep on learning about it always and at no time, unless you are very egotistical, which, of course, accounts for many books, will you be able to say: now I know all about this and will write about it. - Author: Ernest Hemingway,
Writing quotes by Ernest Hemingway,
#84. Art comes from a visceral need and is usually generated by something I have seen; writing comes from something that happens in my head and my heart. - Author: E.L. Konigsburg
Writing quotes by E.L. Konigsburg
#85. Is it a right thing or a mad thing not to re-connect, to avoid reading or writing because of what those will bring? - Author: Bhanu Kapil
Writing quotes by Bhanu Kapil
#86. By the end, you should be inside your character, actually operating from within somebody else, and knowing him pretty well, as that person knows himself or herself. You're sort of a predator, an invader of people. - Author: William Trevor
Writing quotes by William Trevor
#87. I used to be a bumper sticker kind of writer. Now I'm more developed, and my writing often takes up whole bumpers. - Author: Jarod Kintz
Writing quotes by Jarod Kintz
#88. Every poem I write falls short in some important way. But I go on trying to write the one that won't. - Author: Dorianne Laux
Writing quotes by Dorianne Laux
#89. For me, writing is a job. I do not separate the work from the act of writing like two things that have nothing to do with each other. I arrange words one after another, or one in front of another, to tell a story, to say something that I consider important or useful, or at least important or useful to me. - Author: Jose Saramago
Writing quotes by Jose Saramago
#90. [T]welve year old Libby O'Shea coasted on a homemade swing, toes touching a blinding-blue heaven dolloped with clouds. - Author: Julie Lessman
Writing quotes by Julie Lessman
#91. Diving in IS testing the water. - Author: Gina Greenlee
Writing quotes by Gina Greenlee
#92. My inspiration for writing music is like Don McLean did when he did "American Pie" or "Vincent". Lorraine Hansberry with "A Raisin in the Sun". Like Shakespeare when he does his thing, like deep stories, raw human needs.

I'm trying to think of a good analogy. It's like, you've got the Vietnam War, and because you had reporters showing us pictures of the war at home, that's what made the war end, or that shit would have lasted longer. If no one knew what was going on we would have thought they were just dying valiantly in some beautiful way. But because we saw the horror, that's what made us stop the war.

So I thought, that's what I'm going to do as an artist, as a rapper. I'm gonna show the most graphic details of what I see in my community and hopefully they'll stop it quick.

I've seen all of that-- the crack babies, what we had to go through, losing everything, being poor, and getting beat down. All of that. Being the person I am, I said no no no no. I'm changing this. - Author: Tupac Shakur
Writing quotes by Tupac Shakur
#93. Regardless if a person likes my book I've earned the title: An American Writer. - Author: Jonathan Heatt
Writing quotes by Jonathan Heatt
#94. Some of the worst writing around suffers from inert verbs and the unintended use of the passive voice. Yet the passive voice remains an important arrow in the rhetorical quiver. After all, it exists for a reason. - Author: Constance Hale
Writing quotes by Constance Hale
#95. Anyone who says, "Here's my address,
write me a poem," deserves something in reply.
So I'll tell a secret instead:
poems hide. In the bottoms of our shoes,
they are sleeping. They are the shadows
drifting across our ceilings the moment
before we wake up. What we have to do
is live in a way that lets us find them. - Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
Writing quotes by Naomi Shihab Nye
#96. Do not set out to write with your eyes on the box office. It can't be done. - Author: Ayn Rand
Writing quotes by Ayn Rand
#97. If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society's own equivalent of oblivion. - Author: Joseph Brodsky
Writing quotes by Joseph Brodsky
#98. I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes. - Author: Patton Oswalt
Writing quotes by Patton Oswalt
#99. It's a bit cliche, but you can't go wrong by writing what you know. Even if you're a horrible writer, your own knowledge and experience is unrivaled. Nobody knows what you know like you know what you know. The way you see things is pretty unique. - Author: Issa Rae
Writing quotes by Issa Rae
#100. I've always been drawn to writing for young readers. The books that I read growing up remain in my mind very strongly. - Author: Meg Wolitzer
Writing quotes by Meg Wolitzer
#101. The storyboard department doesn't talk to the layout department, which doesn't talk to the writing department. They're all jealous of each other. - Author: John Kricfalusi
Writing quotes by John Kricfalusi
#102. I think one artist to another artist, the best compliment you can pay one another, because the part of you that is inspired or creates something, to write a joke or a song, that's like the God-like part of a person. - Author: Dave Chappelle
Writing quotes by Dave Chappelle
#103. I think, we can only write very personal matters through our experience. When I named my first novel about my son A Personal Matter, I believe I knew the most important thing: there is not any personal matter; we must find the link between ourselves, our personal matter, and society. - Author: Kenzaburo Oe
Writing quotes by Kenzaburo Oe
#104. Every great writer is a great deceiver - Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Writing quotes by Vladimir Nabokov
#105. The writing can be its own reward, as you discover more things that you can do. It counts a lot, though, when a story connects with a reader and they take the time to tell me about it. - Author: Nick Earls
Writing quotes by Nick Earls
#106. I started out in graduate school to be a fiction writer. I thought I wanted to write short stories. I started writing poems at that point only because a friend of mine dared me to write a poem. And I took the dare because I was convinced that I couldn't write a good poem ... And then it actually wasn't so bad. - Author: Natasha Trethewey
Writing quotes by Natasha Trethewey
#107. If you have received a letter inviting you to speak at the dedication of a new cat hospital, and you hate cats, your reply, declining the invitation, does not necessarily have to cover the full range of your emotions. You must make it clear that you will not attend, but you do not have to let fly at the cats. The writer of the letter asked a civil question; attack cats, then, only if you can do so with good humor, good taste, and in such a way that your answer will be courteous as well as responsive. Since you are out of sympathy with cats, you may quite properly give this as a reason for not appearing at the dedicatory ceremonies of a cat hospital. But bear in mind that your opinion of cats was not sought, only your services as a speaker. Try to keep things straight. - Author: William Strunk Jr.
Writing quotes by William Strunk Jr.
#108. I said. "I'm fine. I have a little bit of a head ache, but I'm not dizzy or nauseous. I can walk and talk just fine, and I can remember everything." "Everything, huh? Don't self-diagnose, Doctor Fisher. Do you remember when the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought?" "The what?" "The Battle of Bunker Hill. We covered it in World Civ." "No, we did not." "We did, too. The unit on the American Revolution." "Davin, that was like, two years ago! I don't remember stuff like that!" "So, not everything." "Everything important." "That happens to have been a very significant battle," Davin reminded me, in a smug tone. - Author: J.M. Richards
Writing quotes by J.M. Richards
#109. Honesty is easier when you have no face and no real name. And honesty, for me, is very easy on paper. - Author: Katherine Reay
Writing quotes by Katherine Reay
#110. My existence began the day you were created and was realized the day we met. - Author: Crystal Woods
Writing quotes by Crystal Woods
#111. My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs. - Author: Philip Levine
Writing quotes by Philip Levine
#112. When I first started drumming, when I was 14 or 15, I started writing songs. I wrote for a couple of years, but when we started 'Radiohead' it became very apparent quite quickly that I just wanted to concentrate on the drumming. - Author: Philip Selway
Writing quotes by Philip Selway
#113. My feeling is that it's one of the very few things that comics can do that you really can't do in any other medium. I feel like the reader accepts all of these styles, and after a certain point you can flip the pages and see a character rendered very differently than you saw on an earlier page, and it's not jarring. It suggests things that you can't suggest just in the writing or in the plotting. - Author: Daniel Clowes
Writing quotes by Daniel Clowes
#114. The writer is neither saint nor tzaddik nor prophet standing at the gate; he's just another sinner who has a somewhat sharper awareness and uses slightly more precise language to describe the inconceivable reality of our world. - Author: Etgar Keret
Writing quotes by Etgar Keret
#115. It might be more difficult because you haven't got a book or a prop, but for the most part I like to write unpaid ... initially and my own stories. - Author: Peter Morgan
Writing quotes by Peter Morgan
#116. To Cecelia, the friend I needed as a child and found as an adult, thank you for finding me at just the right time - on my knees, ready to give up writing forever, and for holding my hand in the dark and showing me the way. - Author: K.A. Reynolds
Writing quotes by K.A. Reynolds
#117. Charlie Marlowe never wrote horror, but somehow horror was writing Charlie Marlowe. - Author: Ruta Sepetys
Writing quotes by Ruta Sepetys
#118. The easy, conversational tone of good writing comes only on the eighth rewrite. - Author: Paul Graham
Writing quotes by Paul Graham
#119. I feel like if people are going to go to the effort to get a stamp and, you know, put it on an envelope that, you know, it's a big effort these days. So I often write back. - Author: Adrian Tomine
Writing quotes by Adrian Tomine
#120. When we finished the tour we had been writing together for a year. We moved forward from there and have just now finished our record. We're having a new record out in the Spring. - Author: Kathy Valentine
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#121. One of the things I try to do with my writing is try to evoke the spirit of the place. I think these things imprint on the landscape and the culture. - Author: Sarah Hall
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#122. How do you make a living if you're writing a book?" Joshua asked. The boy was getting a bike for Christmas that's all there was to it.
David squirmed in his seat. "It doesn't pay anything yet."
"So, then what do you do to pay the bills?" Joshua asked. Forget the bike, he was getting a go-cart. - Author: R.L. Mathewson
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#123. He opened his eyes for an instant. Other people were writing and melting, but my brother stopped his flight long enough to look at me. An instant that would have to last forever. And then the flames rose higher and my brother was gone. - Author: Alice Hoffman
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#124. With poetry and writing, the question isn't "do you know the right words?".
The real question is, "can you make words from the unwordable, chisel blocks of raw silence into shapes and touch our souls? - Author: Jacob Nordby
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#125. I've determined the ideal job for me is one where I can write clever essays about my life and my employer will give me enough money not only to live a comfortable existence, but also to buy many, many new pairs of shoes. - Author: Jen Lancaster
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#126. Everyone would like to be on Broadway, cause if a show works, you make a great deal of money and it allows you to write other shows. - Author: Stephen Sondheim
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#127. I can still write blues songs because I remember everything. - Author: Eddie Vedder
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#128. I don't care if my books don't sell abroad; we have a large enough market in our country. I write for Indian readers. - Author: Ashwin Sanghi
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#129. So many American plays are about family. When you're in the first part of your life, you write about family a lot. I find with my absurdist plays that I was actually writing about my family, but so disguised I didn't realize it myself. - Author: Christopher Durang
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#130. Marc Cherry is so good at writing himself into a corner, then writing himself out of that corner. It's really fun to watch that. - Author: Grant Show
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#131. I went to West Texas and started writing a cycle of Americana poems after the space conjured images that, as a child, I only saw on television-John Wayne, cowboys, borderlines. But suddenly, I felt close to these once-foreign imageries and wondered how I'd changed. Each evening brought the darkest skies in the country, and I understood the expansiveness of our inner selves. Ultimately nothing divides us except the worlds and words we allow. - Author: Nathalie Handal
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#132. Thankfully existing only in SMALL pockets within our discipline, is "intellectual" snobbery. It's a hushed but ugly truth that people are made to feel not worthy to be among a certain set – didn't attend the right school or don't have the requisite abbreviations to follow their name. I know what that feels like. Good thing I'm pigheaded, have a bigger vision and committed to my craft, or I would've succumbed to it long ago. That is why when I meet an emerging writer who's serious about developing their craft, I try to encourage them as much as I can. I say IGNORE the highbrow cliques and prove your mettle by growing, accepting balanced feedback and most of all, creating work that will stand the test of time. Period. - Author: Sandra Sealy
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#133. Never use the passive voice. Do not say, 'It will get done.' Say, 'I'll do it,' and then stick to a solid, unwavering deadline - Author: Gina Barreca
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#134. The Cardinal was bent over his writing desk, the room unchanged save for the light of what appeared a small antique oil lamp. And there were illuminated letters in the book before him, tiny figures fitted into the capitals, the whole gleaming as he let his hand, quivering, turn the page.
"Ah, think of it," he said, smiling as he saw Tonio, "written language the possession of those who took such pains to preserve it. I am forever entranced with the forms in which knowledge is given us, not by nature, but by our fellow man. - Author: Anne Rice
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#135. 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
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#136. Springsteen on that record started writing less about having your wind in your hair and turning the radio up and more about being dragged down by adult things. Regular people trying to get ahead. A little less mythical and romantic, and more real. It's a really spectacular record for that reason. - Author: Craig Finn
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#137. Anyone who says the artist's field is all answers and no questions has never done any writing or had any dealings with imageryYou are confusing two concepts: answering the questions and formulating them correctly. Only the latter is required of an author. - Author: Anton Chekhov
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#138. I had a writing professor at Brandeis who told me I'd never make it - and when I sold my first novel a few years later, I sent him a copy! - Author: Caroline Leavitt
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#139. My father died and left me his blessing and his business. His blessing brought no money into my pocket, and as to his business, it soon deserted me, for I was busy writing poetry, and could not attend to law, and my clients, though they had great respect for my talents, had no faith in a poetical attorney. - Author: Washington Irving
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#140. There is a ruthlessness to the creative act. It often involves a betrayal of the status quo. - Author: Alan Watt
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#141. The idea of taking a song, envisioning the overall sound in my head and then bringing the arrangement to life in the studio ... well, that gives me satisfaction like nothing else ... My state of being has been elevated, because I've been exercising, writing songs ... No masterpiece ever came overnight. A person's masterpiece is something that you nurture along. - Author: Brian Wilson
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#142. 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
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#143. If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction. You can write like Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison as much as you want. - Author: Frederik Pohl
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#144. Comedians are people who embarrass themselves in style. - Author: A.D. Posey
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#145. The great thing about fantasy is that you can drag dreams and longings and hopes and fears and strivings out of your subconscious and call them 'magic' or 'dragons' or 'faeries' and get to know them better. But then I write the stuff. Obviously I'm prejudiced. - Author: Robin McKinley
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#146. 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
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#147. My history writing was based on what I saw in strange, exotic places rather than just reading books. - Author: Tony Judt
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#148. What would life be like without her writing? Writing filled her life with beauty and mystery, gave it life ... and promise. - Author: Maud Hart Lovelace
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#149. Writing is an act of cherishing ... It is an act of love. - Author: Julia Cameron
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#150. I dream of writing a book like LOVERS some day. It is so spare but so rich. It is history made intimate, and a masterpiece of compression. - Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
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#151. Get to the point. Don't waste the reader's time. - Author: Gudjon Bergmann
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#152. I'm crushed by the responsibility of writing a satirical book. - Author: Al Franken
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#153. I don't write [screenplay character] biographies beforehand. I usually go in knowing some sequences: this is where I want to start, this is where I want to end. - Author: John Sayles
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#154. I'm happy when I write. I've written my first novel, my pencil is down. My last work has been written. No turning back. No more hesitation. I'm writing my future one page at a time. Inspire. Dream. Live. Breath. Happy. Succeed. - Author: Missy Salick
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#155. Sonnets are guys writing in English, imitating an Italian song form. It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited. - Author: Steve Earle
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#156. Some people think I am an issue-oriented writer, but I've never said to myself, I'm gong to write about such-and-such an issue - that would make for incredibly boring writing, at least to my taste. Creating someone I don't know and her made-up world shows us more about who we are - is actually a better mirror - than if I were to parade in front of you an instantly recognizable person in an instantly recognizable situation. I'm not saying, Let's make it all abstract and weird and difficult and thereby you will know more about yourself. My process is much more organic than that. - Author: Suzan-Lori Parks
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#157. Hundreds of people who've never written before send in 'Dr. Who' scripts. They may have good ideas, but what they fail to realise is that writing for TV is incredibly complicated. They have no idea how difficult it is and what the financial commitment is. - Author: Douglas Adams
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#158. Too often we sit back and speak platitudes of the nitty-gritty bits of writing; the editing, the story structure, the verbal sparring vs. banter, the character development, the world-building become more important to us than the tune rhythm of the tale. And when you lose the music of the story, all the footwork in the world is not going to make up for the loss of continuity and heart.
We need to take a step back in our souls and conjure the image of what this story is: the notes and beats and things woven into it's fullness. See, that's what is so easy to lose sight of as we write. We forget that, in a way, this story is a full story in itself. We tend to try to build the story piece by piece, line upon line, precept upon precept, but that--as any true writer knows--is not entirely practical. A story does have its own identity. To some extent, the story exists in your mind as a whole. Its own being. To chance sounding sappy: Your story is a full piece of music waiting for you to dance it into existence. Don't make the mistake of leaving out all the music.
It is tempting to want to have everything arranged to perfection so that little editing will be done. But if you are keeping in mind the way your story needs to run--feeling it and dwelling in the beauty of its passion and color and vibe--the footwork will take care of itself. Certainly it will require practice and your technicalities will need a little work--everyone's does. But you will have captured the essenc - Author: Rachel Heffington
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#159. And instead of dying Immediately after they shot him, he would go on to survive several days solely because of the cold that January. Maybe that's why we are drawn to those who posses the coldest of hearts ... In effort to survive. - Author: Bethany Brookbank
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#160. Writing that flirts with incoherence can just as readily flounder as writing characterized by simplicity and composure. There is no reliable formula for originality, and strategies that are distinguished as innovative in their first incarnation can quickly become stale in the hands of lesser artists. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#161. Mice: But reading all the good writers might discourage you.
Y.C.: Then you ought to be discouraged. - Author: Ernest Hemingway,
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#162. Writing about prayer to a secular audience is tap-dancing on the radio. I want to say, 'Gee whiz, isn't this great,' and have everyone's head cocked like the RCA dog. - Author: Mary Karr
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#163. People who write finely must not expect to be left in repose; they will be molested with thanks, at least. - Author: George Eliot
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#164. A man always writes absolutely well whenever he writes in his own manner, but the wigmaker who tries to write like Gellert ... writes badly. - Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg
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#165. Some of my favorite poets had a tremendous sense of whimsy, so it's a writing style I guess I admire. - Author: Jewel
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#166. I'm writing a film called 'Bug.' It's an original script, and it's not about killer insects. It's a thriller set in a high school. The bug of the title refers to a surveillance device. - Author: Wes Craven
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#167. Ever since I was 7 years old, I was writing. I remember being in the basement of my house, this dank, horrible basement, putting on plays with not-very-willing participants, and I would promise kids in the neighborhood that I'd play Nintendo 64 with them after we'd rehearse this stupid play that I wrote. - Author: John Francis Daley
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#168. To travel is to find solace in this chaotic world - Author: Anamika Mishra
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#169. Sometimes I scare myself at how easily I slip inside my mind and live vicariously through these characters. - Author: Teresa Mummert
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#170. Writing is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is. - Author: Leslie Lamport
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#171. There's room for everyone. There's room for pop country, for 'rock & roll' country, for stone-cold country, and everything in-between. Great music is great music. - Author: Miranda Lambert
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#172. I'm drawn to New England because that's where my roots are, and I miss it. I come from many generations of New Englanders, and so, in my writing, I've been drawn back there to the landscape and the light and the type of personality that's revealed. - Author: Elizabeth Strout
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#173. I've been singing since I was two. Music was my first passion and I love writing, singing, creating and being creative. - Author: Jojo
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#174. I think the advantage we had with "MacGruber" is the speed we had to put it together. We had a such a short period to write the movie and such a post-[production] period, it was almost like the way that the show worked, where everything is happening so fast you have to go with your gut. - Author: Will Forte
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#175. So how can a poet-an intelligent, serious poet-write mystical verse now? The poetry of Adam Zagajewski provides the beginning of an answer to this question. - Author: Adam Kirsch
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#176. Poets, when they write of love, give themselves and everyone else away! - Author: Phyllis Bottome
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#177. Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel. - Author: Joseph Addison
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#178. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. - Author: William Strunk Jr.
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#179. The word 'NO' is the best motivation there is for the storyteller in you. - Author: A.K. Kuykendall
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#180. Writing plays supplied for me everything that painting didn't, which is the ability to tell stories in real time, in a real space, in three dimensions, in flesh and blood. I realized I had been trying to cram all this narrative into my paintings, but ultimately painting was a static medium. So it just opened up this whole new door. - Author: Beau Willimon
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#181. You know, I think everybody I've seen has come from some other therapy, and almost invariably it's very much the same thing: the therapist is too disinterested, a little too aloof, a little too inactive. They're not really interested in the person, he doesn't relate to the person. All these things I've written so much about. That's why I've made such a practice really, over and over to hammer home the point of self-revelation and being more of yourself and showing yourself. Every book I write I want to get that in there. - Author: Irvin D. Yalom
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#182. 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
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#183. We write from soul of the heart. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
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#184. I will always be an actress. I couldn't see myself without acting. But I'd love to direct and keep writing. I don't think one has to be in place of the other. - Author: Kate Del Castillo
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#185. The philosophy of hedonism means little to lovers of pleasure. They have no inclination to read philosophy, or to write it. - Author: Mason Cooley
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#186. But a huge part of being a writer is discovering your own intellectual and aesthetic autonomy, and how you best get the best words onto the page. - Author: Paul Harding
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#187. To write history one must be more than a man, since the author who holds the pen of this great justiciary must be free from all preoccupation of interest or vanity. - Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
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#188. People never write calmly but when they write indifferently. - Author: Mary Wortley Montagu
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#189. I can't say that I love writing, but I do love the satisfaction that it gives me. - Author: Paul Beatty
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#190. Writing a book and not publishing it, is like building a boat and never sailing it - UNTHINKABLE! - Author: Tony Jones
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#191. It is the work of the Canadian artist to paint or play or write in such a way that life will be enlarged for himself and his fellow man. The painter will look around him ... and finding everything good, will strive to communicate that feeling through a portrayal of the essentials of sunlight, or snow, or tree or tragic cloud, or human face, according to his power and individuality. - Author: J. E. H. MacDonald
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#192. I write not for sensation, but for Truth. I leave judgement to the hearts of my good Readers everywhere. - Author: David Ebershoff
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#193. To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves. - Author: Simone Weil
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#194. You don't have to be successful on a grand scale like winning a talent competition or writing a New York Times bestseller - if you have enough small things that you can be successful at then eventually they outshine all your failures. - Author: Lindsey Rietzsch
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#195. Writing is the process of making my soul tangible on paper. - Author: Me
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#196. Mr. Beerbohm in his way is perfect ... He has brought personality into literature, not unconsciously and impurely, but so consciously and purely that we do not know whether there is any relation between Max the essayist and Mr. Beerbohm the man. We only know that the spirit of personality permeates every word that he writes ... He is without doubt the prince of his profession. - Author: Virginia Woolf
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#197. What I am interested in, what I write and care about, exists in the slow lane, somewhere between hand-ploughed fields and a pint of real ale. - Author: Fennel Hudson
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#198. I came in with a completely new perspective. I would write songs and they would pick tunes they felt were in the Purple vein. - Author: Tommy Bolin
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#199. The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writing of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States ... - Author: George Orwell
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#200. We slip into a dream, forgetting the room we're sitting in, forgetting it's lunchtime or time to go to work. We recreate, with minor and for the most part unimportant changes, the vivid and continuous dream the writer worked out in his mind (revising and revising until he got it right) and captured in language so that other human beings, whenever they feel like it, may open his book and dream that dream again. - Author: John Gardner
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