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

Wayne Dyer

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

Richard Bach

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

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

Ernest Hemingway

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

George Orwell

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

Andre Gide

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

Sigmund Freud

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

Edna Ferber

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

Anonymous

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

Julia Ward Howe

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

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

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

Jean Paul Richter

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

Sydney Smith

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

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

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

Thomas Mann

Writing is thinking on paper.

William Zinsser

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

Oscar Wilde

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

E. L. Doctorow

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

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

Logan Pearsall Smith

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

Gloria Steinem

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King

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

Lord Byron

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

Hilaire Belloc

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

John Milton

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

Isaac Asimov

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

Horace

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

Cyril Connolly

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

Tom Clancy

Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.

Horace Walpole

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

Unknown

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

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

William Makepeace Thackeray

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

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

Horace

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

Edward George BulwerLytton

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

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

Mark Twain

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.

Rene Descartes

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

William Faulkner

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

Jackie Collins

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

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

A book should be luminous not voluminous.

Christian Nevell Bovee

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

Salman Rushdie

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Gene Fowler

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

James Bryce

Writing is a craft not an art.

William Zinsser

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

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

William Faulkner

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Iris Murdoch

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

Thomas Carlyle

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

Don Marquis

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

Julian Barnes

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

The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.

Horace

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.

Walter Bagehot

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

E. M. Forster

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

William Zinsser

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

Anatole France

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

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

George Eliot

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

James Thurber

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

Charles Reade

Writers are always selling somebody out.

Joan Didion

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

Leo Rosten

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

John Steinbeck

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

Bertrand Russell

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

W. Somerset Maugham

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

Judith Martin

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

George Burns

If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.

Irvin S. Cobb

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

Michel de Montaigne

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.

Jean De La Bruyere

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.

Juvenal

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

Jorge Luis Borges

Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents , or my own?

Alexander Pope

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

Voltaire

In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James

Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.

George Orwell

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

John Irving

Most authors steal their works, or buy.

Alexander Pope

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

George Orwell

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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