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Writing Quotes

These are some of the best 'Writing' quotations and sayings.

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A man may write himself out of reputation when nobody else can do it.

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. See quote detail

Art (literature) is not a branch of pedagogy.

Bad writers are those who try to express their own feeble ideas in the language of good ones.

Everything which I have created as a poet has had its origin in a frame of mind and a situation in life; I never wrote because I had, as they say, found a good subject.

For me, writing is a love-hate relationship.

For myself I live, live intensely and am fed by life, and my value, whatever it be, is in my own kind of expression of that.

I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent and almost indestructible one. See quote detail

I have often been asked how I came to write. The best answer is that I needed the money. When I started I was 35 and had failed in every enterprise I had ever attempted.

I like writing. It's the most fun I've ever had at anything. You can build your own little world and - like a kid with his toy trains, - except instead of trains I have tanks and ships and airplanes and things... I get to make them do all the things I want them to do, and if I don't like the way things work out, I start again. See quote detail

I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable novel on the tables of young ladies.

I write strictly for fun... as long as it stays fun I'll continue to do it. See quote detail

If I were authorized to address any word directly to our novelists, I should say: Do not trouble yourself about standards or ideals, but try to be faithful and natural.

It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.

Life is boring. I have experiences now only when I am writing. See quote detail

Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.

Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.

The artist (in literature) appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition - and, therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain.

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