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Lord Byron
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
Lord Byron
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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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The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.
Sidonie Gabrielle
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no luck in literary reputation. They who make up the final verdict upon every book are not the partial and noisy readers of the hour when it appears; but a court as of angels, a public not to be bribed, not to be entreated, and not to be overawed, decides upon every man's title to fame.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.
David Lawrence
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I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.
James Michener
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H. Auden
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
H. Auden
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E. B. White
Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
E. B. White
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L. Doctorow
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
L. Doctorow
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L. Doctorow
The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
L. Doctorow
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The role of the writer is not simply to arrange Being according to his own lights; he must also serve as a medium to Being and remain open to its often unfathomable dictates. This is the only way the work can transcend its creator and radiate its meaning further than the author himself can see or perceive.
Vaclav Havel
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Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!
Edna Ferber
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What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.
Edward Dahlberg
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Samuel Johnson
Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.
Samuel Johnson
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Christian Nevell Bovee
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
Christian Nevell Bovee
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George Orwell
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
George Orwell
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Oscar Wilde
His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.
Oscar Wilde
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Elie Wiesel
Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.
Elie Wiesel
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The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.
Paul Man
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William Maugham
It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
William Maugham
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Oscar Wilde
From the point of view of literature Mr. Kipling is a genius who drops his aspirates. From the point of view of life, he is a reporter who knows vulgarity better than any one has ever known it.
Oscar Wilde
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William Butler Yeats
The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
William Butler Yeats
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Raymond Chandler
Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.
Raymond Chandler
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William Maugham
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
William Maugham
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Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.
William Zinsser
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Writing is thinking on paper.
William Zinsser
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Writing is a craft not an art.
William Zinsser
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Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.
William Zinsser
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The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
William Faulkner
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Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nothing contributes to the entertainment of the reader more, than the change of times and the vicissitudes of fortune.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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