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50 Awesome Quotes from Writers about Writing



by Ryan Johnson


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



Kingsley Amis




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


T S Eliot




The waste basket is the writer’s best friend.


Isaac Bashevis




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



Fay Weldon




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




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



William Somerset Maugham




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


Samuel Goldwyn




Writers are always selling somebody out.


Joan Didion




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


André Gide




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




Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.







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



Alexander Pope




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



Lord Byron




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




Publication – is the auction of the Mind of Man.



Emily Dickinson




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




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



Harry Crews




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



Etty Hillesum




That’s not writing, that’s typing.



Truman Capote
(on Jack Kerouac)




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



Christopher Isherwood




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



Mae West




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



Terri Guillemets




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




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



Isaac Asimov




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



J G Ballard




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



William Allingham




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



Sylvia Plath




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







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




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



Gloria Steinem




Every writer I know has trouble writing.



Joseph Heller




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




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




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




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



Gertrude Stein




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




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



Leo Rosten




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




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



Walter Savage Landor




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




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




Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.



Oliver Herford




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



Peter De Vries




Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.



Hannah Arendt




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



F Scott Fitzgerald




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




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



Vladimir Nabokov




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




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


Gloria Steinem




The first draft of everything is shit










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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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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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Όντως Oberon! Ευχαριστώ για τα quotes Cyrano!

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