I like writing books. I'd rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It's not so bad. I am really lucky.— Gene Wilder
Special Book Writing quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory.
Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long that nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was... The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end.
I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.
The Devil writes down our sins - our Guardian Angel all our merits.
Labor that the Guardian Angel's book may be full, and the Devil's empty.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
I decided to write the book to open the eyes of the people of how corrupt John D. Rockefeller company was and the unfair ways he used to be successful. I wanted the people to know the truth about the Standard Oil Company.
I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's books and write your own.
Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.
So I be written in the Book of Love. I do not care about that Book Above. Erase my name, or write it as you will. So I be written in the Book of Love.
When it comes time to sit down and write the next book, you're deathly afraid that you're not up to the task. That was certainly the case with me after Snow Falling on Cedars.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
It's always hard to wrap up a series.
The longer I spend with the characters, the more they become like friends.
What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
In Great Britain, an author published a book in which he claimed that Jesus Christ had children. Such statements don't trigger civil unrest and bloodshed in Europe. But write similar statements about Islam in Syria and you might see bloody uprisings.
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
There are a couple of carp fishing books I've been reading.
I'm very interested in that line of books, because I think they write very well, carp anglers, about the general environment.
If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.
You dont have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word 'mayonnaise.
Culture is everything. Culture is the way we dress, the way we carry our heads, the way we walk, the way we tie our ties - it is not only the fact of writing books or building houses.
I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live until I am finished.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.
Write your own book instead of reading someone else's book about success
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
In the book of life every page has two sides: we human beings fill the upper side with our plans, hopes and wishes, but providence writes on the other side, and what it ordains is seldom our goal.
I don't think there's much point in bemoaning the state of the world unless there's some way you can think of to improve it. Otherwise, don't bother writing a book; go and find a tropical island and lie in the sun.
I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable.
WIth freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy.
The first duty of the novelist is to entertain.
It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone.
The world is your exercise book, the pages on which you do your sums.
It is not reality, though you may express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write lies, or nonsense, or to tear the pages.
A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.
If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that eventually that I'd become very successful writing Dune books after Frank Herbert's death, I would have laughed myself silly, I think, at how strange that prospect would be.
As a writer, it's disheartening to write books that you pour your soul into and not have them distributed widely enough to find their audience.