150 Academic Writing Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of academic writing quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about using direct.

The Most Famous Academic Writing Quotes (Best in 2024)

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If you wish to be a writer, write. — Epictetus

If you wish to write, write. — Epictetus

Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action. — Paul J. Meyer

I went to college, but I learned to write by reading - and writing. — Daniel Pinkwater

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. — E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. — Gene Fowler

If there is a secret to writing, I haven’t found it yet. All I know is you need to sit down, clear your mind, and hang in there. — Mary McGrory

Writing should be an adventure, shrouded in mystery and uncertainty, blessed with amazing grace. In theory, of course — Syd Field

Thanks to my solid academic training, today I can write hundreds of words on virtually any topic without possessing a shred of information which is how I got a good job in journalism. — Dave Barry

Writing can be either readable or precise, but not at the same time. — Bertrand Russell

Short Academic Writing Quotes

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  • I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began writing fiction full-time. — Peter Straub
  • Writing about dead white males seems to be out of favor among academics. — Ron Chernow
  • I don't have the notion that everybody has to write in some single academic style — Clifford Geertz
  • I am not built for academic writings. Action is my domain. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • To be a writer you have to write -- and no academic degree is going to do the writing for you. — Michelle Richmond
Academic writing quote There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's bo
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.

How To Use Quotes

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Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. — Charles Spurgeon

Love is man's natural endowment, but he doesn't know how to use it. He refuses to recognize the power of love because of his love of power. — Dick Gregory

Most human behavior is controlled by images. Image is a factor in how people look at themselves and what they use to reflect themselves. The control of images is a major factor in world power. — John Henrik Clarke

Academic writing quote Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.

How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century. — Aneurin Bevan

A whale is as unique as a cactus. But don't ask a whale to survive Death Valley. We all have special gifts. Where we use them and how determines whether we actually complete something. — Max De Pree

A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before. — Nelson Mandela

Academic writing quote Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

You cannot change how someone thinks, but you can give them a tool to use which will lead them to think differently. — R. Buckminster Fuller

I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost. — Nan Goldin

I used to care about how I looked. Now I don’t care as much. Maybe it’s because I’m so handsome. — James Franco

Mama had an appreciation of the language. She taught me a love of words, of how they should be used and how they can fill a creative soul with a passion and lead to a life's work. — Lewis Grizzard

Using Direct Quotes

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I don't really have control over my direct impression on people anymore. I used to be the person putting my CD in people's hands. But I'm kind of a mainstream artist now. Not by choice. — Chance the Rapper

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Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. — Miguel Angel Ruiz

Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection. — Henry A. Wallace

Academic writing quote Write hard and clear about what hurts.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.

Most traditional methods of working on oneself are mostly pain centered. People get to repeat over and over their painful emotions without knowing how to use the body's own inherently positive direction and force. — Eugene Gendlin

My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful. — Satyajit Ray

Silk Road to Ruin has all the analysis and it's structured very well. I rely on my notes more and I use direct quotes. But there's nothing like writing about it right away. — Ted Rall

Academic writing quote Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

Dictatorship is rule based directly upon force and unrestricted by any laws. The revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat is rule won and maintained by the use of violence by the proletariat against the bourgeoisie, rule that is unrestricted by any laws. — Vladimir Lenin

The ease with which barley may be substituted directly for wheat in human food and its usefulness to replace wheat milling by-products as feed in the production of the milk supply render its abundant production important. — David F. Houston

Being goal directed is not enough to conquer your enemy. To achieve your goal you need to know and be able to utilize all the resources available to you. This includes the knowledge of all those available to you as well as using the physical resources and those who control them. — Frederick the Great

The truth is women use contraception not only as a way to prevent unintended pregnancies, but also to improve their health and the health of their families. Increased access to contraception is directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality. — Felicity Huffman

Scare Quotes

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Do one thing every day that scares you. — Eleanor Roosevelt

I'm not afraid to fail...I'm scared to death of dying and having the Lord say to me, 'Angelica, this is what you might have done had you trusted more. — Mother Angelica

You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that's so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. — Bob Marley

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Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway. — John Wayne

Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I'm not scared of who I am, and I'm not scared that I can't be like you, and I'm good with just doing me, that's when I found myself, as a man. — Kendrick Lamar

It's not the violence of the few that scares me, it's the silence of the many — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Academic writing quote Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.
Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

We are the only species of mammal that doubts our ability to give birth. It's profitable to scare women about birth. But let's stop it. I tell women: Your body is not a lemon. — Ina May Gaskin

My people are scared of the air around them, they always have an excuse not to fight for freedom. — Fela Kuti

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If your dreams don't scare you they are too small. — Richard Branson

The most successful people in this world recognize that taking chances to get what they want is much more productive than sitting around being too scared to take a shot. — Steve Harvey

When Using Quotes

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When someone isn’t smart enough to express their frustration, they use dirty words. Those are words that describe a lack of intelligence. Smart people don’t use those kind of dirty words, because they find it an insult to their intelligence. — Nouman Ali Khan

Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do. — Jean Piaget

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. — Albert Einstein

Academic writing quote Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Music is a spiritual thing, you don't play with music. If you play with music you will die young. You see, because when the higher forces give you the gift of music...musicians hip, it must be well used for the gift of humanity. — Fela Kuti

When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize, in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon. Imagine it -- delicate, slim, precise, like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel. It may not be very useful, but it is beautiful. And sometimes it is enough. — Vera Nazarian

The history of the human race is a continual struggle from darkness into light. It is, therefore, to no purpose to discuss the use of knowledge; man wants to know, and when he ceases to do so, is no longer a man. — Fridtjof Nansen

Academic writing quote A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.
A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.

Force when aggressively applied is "violence" and is, therefore, morally unjustifiable, but when it is used in the furtherance of a legitimate cause, it has its moral justification. The elimination of force at all costs in Utopian. — Bhagat Singh

When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use. — Joseph Stalin

When so rich a harvest is before us, why do we not gather it? All is in our hands if we will but use it. — Elizabeth Ann Seton

There are a lot of good books around. People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it? — Lemmy Kilmister

Overusing Quotes

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Be a best friend. Tell the truth. And overuse "I love you" — Lee Brice

Fair' is, like, this incredibly overused term in negotiations: 'I just want what's fair.' 'What's the fair market price?' — Chris Voss

Melodies are just honest. They can only be what they are. Words have the capacity for deception. Theyre all full of subtext, and some of them are cliche and overused and vernacular. Theyre tricky. All I can say is, words are tricky. — Andrew Bird

Academic writing quote You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you go
You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?

Genius is an overused word. The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only fairly near. — Fritz Kreisler

I suppose with any good writing and interesting characters, you can have that awfully overused word [...] - a jouuuuuurney. — Alan Rickman

The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong - that's when adventure starts — Yvon Chouinard

Academic writing quote If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.

Soulmate" is an overused term, but a true soul connection is very rare, and very real. — Hilary Duff

Excellent outcomes with much lower intervention rates are achieved at home births. This may be because the overuse of interventions in hospital births introduces risks or the home environment promotes problem-free labors. — Henci Goer

Even if I had $200 million, I’m very wary of overusing CGI. I think it’s a great tool and it can be used really effectively, but I feel like it does tend to be overused and especially in sci-fi stuff. — Rian Johnson

Most people rust out due to lack of challenge. Few people rust out due to overuse. — Denis Waitley

Professional Writing Quotes

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It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter. — Nathaniel Borenstein

I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa. — John Dalton

I think it's the real world. The people we're writing about in professional sports, they're suffering and living and dying and loving and trying to make their way through life just as the brick layers and politicians are. — Red Smith

People think I live here on Nantucket and just gaze at the ocean, getting my inspiration. Not so. I work in my basement and gaze out onto a single window that shows me a cement wall. This is a profession, and it's important to have professionalism about the writing. — Nathaniel Philbrick

In a longish life as a professional writer, I have heard a thousand masterpieces talked out over bars, restaurant tables and love seats. I have never seen one of them in print. Books must be written, not talked. — Morris West

Writing a class without its contract would be similar to producing an engineering component (electrical circuit, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) chip, bridge, engine...) without a spec. No professional engineer would even consider the idea. — Bertrand Meyer

Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people. — Hugh Mackay

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever. — Ellen Goodman

What I adore is supreme professionalism. I’m bored by writers who can write only when it’s raining. — Noel Coward

I've been a professional athlete, I've directed films, I've run a company with 150 employees, and nothing compares to writing a screenplay. Just the second I think I know what I'm doing, the rug gets pulled out and I have no idea what I'm doing. Because there are so many problems to solve. — Stacy Peralta

Academic Life Quotes

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By its very definition, civic responsibility means taking a healthy role in the life of one's community. That means that classroom lessons should be complemented by work outside the classroom. Service-learning does just that, tying community service to academic learning. — John Glenn

The stage is life, music, beautiful girls, legs, breasts, not talk or intellectualism or dried-up academics. — Harold Clurman

I was hired for a really excellent academic job early in my life; I was twenty-five when I started at Princeton and I got tenure early on. I really didn't deserve this; I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. — Paul Lansky

So please, parents, teachers and other custodians of our children’s future, let us not confine our children to a syllabus. Let us expose them to life, and of course, also to academics. Let us not only count their marks, but also, make their life count. — Mahatria Ra

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons. — Imamu Amiri Baraka Jones

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons. — Amiri Baraka

A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy. — Camille Anna Paglia

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes. — Knute Rockne

The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism - Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on! — LeRoy Neiman

A scientist is a mimosa when he himself has made a mistake, and a roaring lion when he discovers a mistake of others. — Albert Einstein

Academic Work Quotes

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(The discovery of penicillin) was a triumph of accident, a fortunate occurrence which happened while I was working on a purely academic bacteriological problem. — Alexander Fleming

For real people, if something works in theory, but not in practice, it doesn't work. For academics, if something works in practice, but not in theory, it doesn't exist. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. — Aristotle

Investors are in the market to make money, not to prove or disprove academic discussions. Follow what works for you, and let others follow what works for them. — Naved Abdali

The phrase 'academic freedom' is often used carelessly: here is a work that will allow a more careful conversation about those many crucial issues facing the academy, in which a well-worked out understanding of conceptions of academic freedom is, as its authors show, an essential tool. — Kwame Anthony Appiah

I was at a small private school in London. I wasn't very academic. My dad said to me, 'OK, you might as well leave, since you're not working very hard'. When I told I him wanted to stay on for my A-levels, he said I'd have to pay my own fees, then he'd pay me back if I got good grades. — Robert Pattinson

I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren't really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening. — Ken Thompson

Work is, after all, not a busy running back and forth in established grooves, though that is the essence of our modern business and academic life, but the supreme energy and disciplined curiosity required to cut new grooves. — Hugh Nibley

There is this peculiar blind spot in the culture of academic medicine around whether withholding trial results is research misconduct. People who work in any industry can reinforce each others' ideas about what is okay. — Ben Goldacre

Given the way universities work to reinforce and perpetuate the status quo, the way knowledge is offered as commodity, Women's Studies can easily become the place where revolutionary feminist thought and feminist activism are submerged or made secondary to the goals of academic careerism — Bell Hooks

Academic Education Quotes

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My contention is, first, that we should want more from our educational efforts than adequate academic achievement and, second, that we will not achieve even that meager success unless our children believe that they themselves are cared for and learn to care for others. — Nel Noddings

Academic qualifications are important and so is financial education. They're both important and schools are forgetting one of them. — Robert Kiyosaki

Our society cannot afford a two-tiered system in which the affluent have access to superior education, while everyone else is subjected to a dull and incoherent classroom experience. Academic excellence, educational equity, and fairness demand a strong foundation of knowledge for all learners. — E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently. — Gavin Newsom

No one can take it away from you. — B. B. King

Creating whole departments of ethnic, gender, and other 'studies' was part of the price of academic peace. All too often, these 'studies' are about propaganda rather than serious education. — Thomas Sowell

In some sense our aim ought to be to convert the school from an academic institution into an intellectual one. That shift in the culture of schooling would represent a profound shift in emphasis and in direction. — Elliot W. Eisner

I want to see a New Story education, which is not only about intellectual knowledge - not only about measurement - not only about academic achievement. It is also about heart, feelings, emotions, relationship, love, compassion, generosity, beauty. All these values are part of the heart. — Satish Kumar

Not many academics do labor education. Why not? The need is great. This is where the youth are so important. If faculty were as engaged as young students are in anti sweatshop campaigns, prison campaigns, etc., it would be a good thing. — Michael Yates

I gloomily came to the ironic conclusion that if you take a highly intelligent person and give them the best possible, elite education, then you will most likely wind up with an academic who is completely impervious to reality. — Halton Arp

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More Academic Writing Quotes

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We get letters a few times a year from people that write papers on the show. You know, like, 'Oh, my psychology or my cultural studies class - this is my term paper.' Somebody wrote it as their thesis, about the social experiment of the show, because the show is a reflection of what's going on in culture. — James Murray

I found a certain kind of music congenial to me; it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable. — Carlisle Floyd

When I was confronted with official tuition, the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever between that and the music I'd been writing since I was 11. — Harrison Birtwistle

I had been writing for about twelve years. I knew pretty well how you could find things out, but I had never been trained in an academic way how to go about the research. — David McCullough

The academic bias against subjectivity not only forces our students to write poorly ("It is believed...," instead of, "I believe..."), it deforms their thinking about themselves and their world. In a single stroke, we delude our students into believing that bad prose turns opinions into facts and we alienate them from their own inner lives. — Parker J. Palmer

It's a good thing that we're protected by tenure and academic freedom, but we should realize that it creates a risk of getting cut off. Scholars should write, at least sometimes, for the general public. — Martha C. Nussbaum

I was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel. It's always been my view that there are already more than enough academic novels and that most of them aren't any good. Most of them are self-conscious and bitter, the work of people who want to settle grudges. — Richard Russo

Also, I liked John Cage's music. I liked it for its craziness, the use of silence, the boldness-anything to get me away from writing about.. I don't know what academic poets write about. — Kenneth Koch

Year after year after year, people write books about managing innovation or about leadership, for example, without ever going through the pain of saying, "This kind of leadership will cause this result in these circumstances and a very different result in those circumstances." This is academic malpractice of the worst kind. — Clayton Christensen

I'm in a profession with a dismal success rate, in an academic field with a dismal hiring rate. And I don't write, really, about any of that - rather the institutional structures I've negotiated my way through, with healthy doses of luck, provide a breathing, parasitic glimpse into the bureaucratic monolith of the creative-degree machine. — Davis Schneiderman

I could not accept the academic idea that the purpose of music was communication, because I noticed that when I conscientiously wrote something sad, people and critics were often apt to laugh. I determined to give up composition unless I could find a better reason for doing it than communication. I found this answer from Gira Sarabhai, an Indian singer and tabla player: The purpose of music is to sober and quiet the mind, thus making it susceptible to divine influences. I also found in the writings of Ananda K. Coomaraswammy that the responsibility of the artist is to imitate nature in her manner of operation. I became less disturbed and went back to work. — John Milton Cage

Academic experts may not be good at doing what they are experts in themselves, but they are good at explaining the subject matter to others. They write books, teach courses and offer lessons and give steps others can follow. — Simon Sinek

I kind of got more interested in writing after I turned in my last college essay and nobody was going to tell me what kind of academic papers to write anymore. I could write whatever I wanted, and I realized that I actually liked it when I could choose what I would write. — Dan Millman

There's actually a wonderful quote from Stanley Fish, who is sometimes very polemical and with whom I don't always agree. He writes, "Freedom of speech is not an academic value. Accuracy of speech is an academic value; completeness of speech is an academic value; relevance of speech is an academic value. Each of these is directly related to the goal of academic inquiry: getting a matter of fact right." — Joan Wallach Scott

I rely heavily on Thomas Sowell's magnificent book, Black Rednecks, White Liberals. He points out that blacks in the North perform better, academically, than whites in the South where they did not have much of an emphasis on learning. But please note that I'm not the one making that argument in that section about Michael Moore. And by the way, I'm not a man. White men have done a lot. It's silly to write a book titled, Stupid White Men. — Ann Coulter

Anyone writing a picture-book biography of Lincoln has a different set of responsibilities from someone writing a biography for sixth-graders, say, or from a Lincoln scholar writing an academic book on Lincoln. Each of these writers has a different audience and different goals. That's obvious. — Russell Freedman

One demonstrable effect this type of work can have is in its viral promulgation. Take Kathy Acker for example: her work exists mainly through academic channels. Students are exposed to her novels, and some read her, then, on their own, but some also go to grad school: teach her, write about her, keep her going. — Davis Schneiderman

My motto is: write about anything you bloody well like; just make sure you do it effectively. We've all had all the emotions, the rest is research and that leap which some can do and others cannot - it's not really something you can learn, otherwise all academics of literature would be wonderful fiction writers. — Suhayl Saadi

I'm extremely interested in the Russian formalists and have been for many years. I'm more drawn to their writing, which is expressive and literary, than to writing which is extremely academic or jargon-ridden. — Susan Sontag

Designs that have a whiff of complex impenetrability tends to suggest big, complicated ideas. Academic writing tends to work the same way, I understand. — Michael Bierut

I don't approach my writing or my work from an academic or analytical point of view. I do it for myself. — Chath Piersath

I talk about folding it in often with Althea, my girlfriend. She's getting her doctoral degree at Berkeley and she talks about how even when writing these very academic, and, for the most part, serious papers there's just so much going on in her head and heart, and it's a reminder that there's a reason that she's studying these things. — Paul Beatty

The Chinese traditionally have revered age and longevity - I have one and hope for the other! - so, in Taipei, a city-hub for global Chinese who dis-identify with the People's Republic of China's construction of a Communist nationalist Chineseness, I called on the Chinese muse of writing to witness my emergence out of the academic woods. — Shirley Geok-lin Lim

I had to do the academic writing. At a top research university, publishing of a certain kind is very important. So your friend is right. You can't do three things well. — Shirley Geok-lin Lim

My uncommon sense told me to write this book [Turn and blossom], even though I was in the middle of making final revisions to my dissertation! Common sense would have said, finish the dissertation and get a good, solid academic position. But instead, I got to do something that no one else has done, because I don't think anyone has written a book quite like this one. And look at how beautiful it is! — Theodora Goss

I'm not one of the people who has a kind of scholarly hat and writes in a certain way for an academic audience and then puts on a public intellectual hat and writes a different way for a different kind of readership. I generally write the way I write, no matter what and it seems to have worked for me. — Louis Menand

Academic writing you have to get right. Fiction you have to get plausible. And there's a world of difference. — Elliott Colla

Clearly, one does not have to give up being an academic, retreat from rigorous research, or renounce the importance of specialization in order to address major social issues. I don't think you give up theoretical rigor by writing in a way that addresses major social concerns and is at the same time accessible to wider informed general audiences. — Henry Giroux

I am very interested in people trying to write because I don't have a big academic background at all. — Grace Paley

I don't consider myself attractive. I'm an academic, and in academia, people will write you off if you look younger. — Alissa Nutting

I wasn't all that attracted to writing originally. I read a great deal. My parents read a great deal. I do know that as my interest in tennis waned, my interest in academics increased. I mean, I started doing my homework in high school and discovering that it was somewhat fun. And then in college I barely even played on the team because just classes were much more interesting. — David Foster Wallace

There were a lot of people who were willing to write a letter for me. Not because I was academically inclined, but because I worked hard. — Sam Smith

Socrates ... did not write. It seems academically obvious that he perished because he did not publish! — Umberto Eco

[In my writing] I know that I have made a caricature out of [others' academic] theories [but] I think that caricatures are frequently good portraits. — Umberto Eco

I have no education, I have no academic background in painting or in music, but I write music and I compose music and I write and I sell paintings, and my rule is, well, they can't arrest me. — Anthony Hopkins

Although I write screenplays, I don't think I'm a very good writer. I'm very interested in studying cultures and social issues, but as an academic I don't think I would have been too successful. — George Lucas

I had my own insecurities, which a lot of my comedy would come from, about not being able to live up to their academic expectations. Acting out those insecurities was a way of confronting them, like, “Let me just lean into being a guy who can’t read or write.” — Charlie Day

A large part of academic community is unthinkingly self-involved, producing reams of sterile writing - often consuming unbelievable amounts of public funds - and serving as an instruction manual for how to chase away readers and ignore historical insights. — Gotz Aly

As a graduate student at Oxford in 1963, I began writing about books in revolutionary France, helping to found the discipline of book history. I was in my academic corner writing about Enlightenment ideals when the Internet exploded the world of academic communication in the 1990s. — Robert Darnton

Writing on the blog, you want to get attention and make strong claims. In academic work, that often doesn't pay, so sometimes it's a little bit difficult going back and forth to navigate these differences. — Alex Tabarrok

I was so naive about writing, I went to the public library and checked out the only volume they had on the topic - an academic treatise about publishing from the WWII era. — Bruce Feiler

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