Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. ... It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.— Enid Bagnold
Blissful Great Writers quotations
I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether.
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence.
Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer.
Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales, where we have a cottage in the mountains, and in Vermont, USA, with my sister - who is a children's writer married to a poet.
The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people.
You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see - every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
Like Richard Price and the late, great Elmore Leonard, Matt Burgess is one of those cool, quick and funny writers who can turn a seemingly routine crime caper into something special.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
I have never thought of myself as a good writer.
Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters.
Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Being a writer in Hollywood is like going to Hitler's Eagle Nest with a great idea for a bar mitzvah.
Live an interesting life. Meet people. Read a lot and widely, learn from the great writers
I think the toughest thing for me to figure out, as an actor, was how to translate all those layers that are in there and that history that the writers have done such a great job at forming.
I look for strong people. I don't like people who'll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue and disagree and have a point of view that's reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to The Standard.
The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is.
He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody's best friend and only true enemy-the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Every great or even every very good writer makes the world over according to his own specifications.
I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
You hear all this whining going on, "Where are our great writers?" The thing I might feel doleful about is: Where are the readers?
I'm sort of an 'automatic' writer. I'm not much for chiseling away at songs or working at them for days trying to make them perfect. If I can sit down and write something in five minutes, then that's great. And if that doesn't happen, then either it doesn't get finished or else it's usually not any good.
But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when I first started I chose to photograph many of the great writers in this country to try and earn a living.
Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty;
they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius.
Sometimes you read a passage by a great writer, and you know what he says and how he says it will always be, for you, the only possible way it could be. Less often a painter will describe an event in a way that fits into your interpretation of that event so perfectly that it becomes the event itself.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just as if all the works of some great writer have perished.
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
Disney was not a good animator, he didn't draw well at all, but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
They say that to be a writer you must first have an unhappy childhood.
I don't know if unhappiness is necessary, but I think maybe some children who have suffered a loss too great for words grow up into writers who are always trying to find those words, trying to find a meaning for the way they have lived
Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.