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50 Awesome Quotes from Writers about Writing

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by Ryan Johnson

1.

If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.

 

 

Kingsley Amis

 

2.

 

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

 

T S Eliot

 

3.

 

The waste basket is the writer’s best friend.

 

Isaac Bashevis

 

4

 

Novelists… fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence.

 

 

Fay Weldon

 

5.

 

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.

 

Hart Crane

 

6.

 

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

 

 

William Somerset Maugham

 

7.

 

Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words.

 

Samuel Goldwyn

 

8.

 

Writers are always selling somebody out.

 

Joan Didion

 

9.

 

What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.

 

André Gide

 

10.

 

To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naive, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool.

 

Robert E. Sherwood

 

11.

 

Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.

 

 

Juvenal

 

12.

 

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.

 

 

Alexander Pope

 

13.

 

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.

 

 

Lord Byron

 

14.

 

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.

 

 

John Ruskin

 

15.

 

Publication – is the auction of the Mind of Man.

 

 

Emily Dickinson

 

16.

 

Solitude and quiet are highly desirable, but the lack of them is no barrier to writing…The will to work builds all the seclusion that one needs.

 

 

John Braine

 

17.

 

I believe some people are just too damn smart to write fiction.

 

 

Harry Crews

 

18.

 

Every word born of an inner necessity – writing must never be anything else.

 

 

Etty Hillesum

 

19.

 

That’s not writing, that’s typing.

 

 

Truman Capote
(on Jack Kerouac)

 

20.

 

One should never write down or up to people, but out of yourself.

 

 

Christopher Isherwood

 

21.

 

Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you.

 

 

Mae West

 

22.

 

Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.

 

 

Terri Guillemets

 

23.

 

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

 

 

Robert Benchley

 

24.

 

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.

 

 

Isaac Asimov

 

25.

 

Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it.

 

 

J G Ballard

 

26.

 

Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly every day.

 

 

William Allingham

 

27.

 

For me, poetry is an evasion of the real job of writing prose.

 

 

Sylvia Plath

 

28.

 

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.

 

 

Goethe

 

29.

 

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

 

 

E L Doctorow

 

30.

 

I do not like to write – I like to have written.

 

 

Gloria Steinem

 

31.

 

Every writer I know has trouble writing.

 

 

Joseph Heller

 

32.

 

Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.

 

 

Samuel Butler

 

33.

 

I’m like a big old hen. I can’t cluck too long about the egg I’ve just laid because I’ve got five more inside me pushing to get out.

 

 

Louis L’Amour

 

34.

 

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.

 

 

Russell Baker

 

35.

 

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.

 

 

Gertrude Stein

 

36.

 

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.

 

 

William Wordsworth

 

37.

 

Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.

 

 

Leo Rosten

 

38.

 

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

 

 

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

39.

 

Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may.

 

 

Walter Savage Landor

 

40.

 

I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.

 

 

Harold Ross

 

41.

 

When we see a natural style we are quite amazed and delighted, because we expected to see an author and find a man.

 

 

Blaise Pascal

 

42.

 

Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.

 

 

Oliver Herford

 

43.

 

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.

 

 

Peter De Vries

 

44.

 

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

 

 

Hannah Arendt

 

45.

 

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.

 

 

F Scott Fitzgerald

 

46.

 

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves.

 

 

Don Marquis

 

47.

 

Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.

 

 

Vladimir Nabokov

 

48.

 

There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can’t think what to do with the long winter evenings.

 

 

Quentin Crisp

 

49.

 

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.

 

Gloria Steinem

 

50.

 

The first draft of everything is shit

 

Hemingway

 

 

 

 

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Μερικά είναι πολύ καλά, αλλά το 46 είναι απλά θεϊκό...

 

 

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Και το 30. Βέβαια δεν είναι όλα για να τα πάρεις στα σοβαρά, αλλά έχουν πλάκα.

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Διγέλαδος

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Χαχα, ναι έχει πολλές μπιχτές. Και το τελευταίο μ'αρέσει πάρα πολύ ;)

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Εμένα μου άρεσε αυτό του Καπότε για τον Κέρουακrofl.gif

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Πολύ μου άρεσαν! Να προσθέσω μερικά;

 

 

 

 

Genius! For thirty-seven years I’ve practiced fourteen hours a

 

day, and now they call me a genius!

 

Pablo Sarasate (y Navascuιs) (1844–1908)

 

 

 

 

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small

 

people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you,

 

too, can become great.

 

Mark Twain (1835–1910)

 

 

 

 

A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out

 

of it.

 

Mark Twain (1835–1910)

 

 

 

 

Most thinkers write badly, because they communicate not only

 

their thoughts, but also the thinking of them.

 

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

 

 

 

 

For a man to write well, there are required three necessaries: to

 

read the best authors, observe the best speakers, and much exercise

 

of his own style.

 

Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

 

 

 

 

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will

 

appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above

 

all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.

 

Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911)

 

 

 

 

 

The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more

 

or less fossilized productions of his earlier years.

 

OliverWendell Holmes, Sr (1809–1894)

 

 

 

 

You are right in demanding that an artist approach his work consciously,

 

but you are confusing two concepts: the solution of a

 

problem and the correct formulation of a problem. Only the second

 

is required of the artist.

 

Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)

 

 

 

 

When I want to read a good book, I write one.

 

Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881)

 

 

 

 

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.

 

Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832)

 

 

 

 

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone

 

is writing a book.

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C.)

 

 

 

 

The job of the critic is to report to us his moods.

 

OscarWilde (1854–1900)

 

 

 

 

We cannot write well or truly but what we write with gusto.

 

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who has got a book collection/library and a garden wants

 

for nothing.

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C.)

 

 

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Kι εμένα μ'άρεσαν όλα, Άλεξ. Ειδικά του Asimov:

 

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.

 

 

Isaac Asimov

 

Αν το σκεφτείς, το quote του είναι μια μικρή ιστορία από μόνο του, κάτι που συχνά έκανε ο καλός Doctor Asimov. :)

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Διγέλαδος

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Όντως Oberon! Ευχαριστώ για τα quotes Cyrano!

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