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How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

Wayne Dyer, psychologist

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Richard Bach, writer

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.

William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin, president

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Socrates, philosopher

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau, author

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.

Edna Ferber, novelist

For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.

George Orwell, author

Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.

Sigmund Freud, psychologist

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Andre Gide, novelist

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.


The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.

Julia Ward Howe, activist

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

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.

Horace, poet

The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.

Sydney Smith, clergyman

Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.

William Zinsser,

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.

Anne Rice, novelist

Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.

Jean Paul Richter,

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author

The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.

Lord Byron, poet

What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.

Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann, writer

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy, novelist

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.

Aristotle, philosopher

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.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King, author

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.

Horace, poet

When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.

Hilaire Belloc, poet

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

E. L. Doctorow, author

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

Gloria Steinem, activist

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.

Horace Walpole, author

Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem.

John Milton, poet

Beneath the rule of men entirely great,The pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward George BulwerLytton,

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly, intellectual

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.

Mark Twain, author

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.

Horace, poet

Writing is thinking on paper.

William Zinsser,

The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.

William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.

Rene Descartes, mathematician

If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!

Jackie Collins, author

A book should be luminous not voluminous.

Christian Nevell Bovee,

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, novelist

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.

James Bryce, diplomat

If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.

Isaac Asimov, scientist

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton, writer

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

Aldous Huxley, novelist

His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.

Salman Rushdie, novelist

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.


People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them that I have the heart of a small boy -- and I keep it in a jar on my desk.

Stephen King, author

My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.

William Faulkner,

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.

William Faulkner,

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

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

Gene Fowler, journalist

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.

Ray Bradbury, writer

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Francis Bacon, philosopher

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.

Pablo Neruda, writer

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

W. Somerset Maugham, playwright

Writing is a craft not an art.

William Zinsser,

Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.

James Thurber, comedian

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly.

Julian Barnes, writer

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.

Walter Bagehot, author

I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well.

Don Marquis, poet

The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

Horace, poet

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.

Iris Murdoch, author

A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.

Anatole France, novelist

Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.

William Zinsser,

Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.

E. M. Forster, novelist

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.

George Eliot, author

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, writer

It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.

W. Somerset Maugham, playwright

Most authors steal their works, or buy.

Alexander Pope, poet

I look better, feel better, make love better and I'll tell you something else....I never lied better.

George Burns, comedian

I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts.

George Orwell, author

If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.

Judith Martin, author

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

W. Somerset Maugham, playwright

You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.

Voltaire, writer

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.

Leo Rosten, novelist

Make em laugh; make em cry; make em wait.

Charles Reade, novelist

All the world knows me in my book, and may book in me.

Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.

John Irving, novelist

One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James, writer

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible.

Bertrand Russell, philosopher

Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.

Juvenal, poet

I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.

Edna Ferber, novelist

Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.

Jorge Luis Borges, poet

If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.

Octavio Paz, poet

Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals.

John Steinbeck, author

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