How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing;
for life itself is a writer's love until death.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward.
The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.
Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.
To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.
Writing is thinking on paper.
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man.
Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
I love writing, it's the center of my life.
If you don't love what you do, you'd better find something else to love. Otherwise, you don't have a reason for living.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters. A character is a caricature.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.
Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem.
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,The pen is mightier than the sword.
When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.