If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, The medicines of the soul.
I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners.
Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future.
You know, if I wrote the arrangements two years from now, they would probably be a lot slicker.
I always sang standards because the songs I wrote for myself weren't as easy to sing.
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
I'm a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
After listening to a lecture on evolution by a science professor, a student wrote a poem and titled it The Amazing Professor. The poem read: Once I was a tadpole when I began to begin. Then I was a frog with my tail tucked in. Next I was a monkey on a coconut tree. Now I am a doctor with a Ph.D.
All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.
If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.
Chief Seattle, of the Indians that inhabited the Seattle area, wrote a wonderful paper that has to do with putting oneself in tune with the universe. He said,
He's my favorite! He wrote and produced, and starred in and cast all of his movies! Can you imagine? I get really excited when I talk about Charlie Chaplin.
I was a visual artist primarily and a writer, even from a very young age.
I wrote a lot of stories and poetry and... I had a desire to create always. And I always had a desire to show my work.
If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
I simply went down there to catch up with an old mate of mine, who owns the place. He's the one who wrote the book on the place, but no, no movie, just a beer.
I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels.
My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do.
I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was only a song to entertain?