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Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!
Herman Melville
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I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
H.L. Mencken,
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What you're trying to do when you write is to crowd the reader out of his own space and occupy it with yours, in a good cause. You're trying to take over his sensibility and deliver an experience that moves from mere information.
Robert Stone
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James Joyce
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
James Joyce
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Whatever an author puts between the two covers of his book is public property; whatever of himself he does not put there is his private property, as much as if he had never written a word.
Gail Hamilton
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The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide. As such, it both affirms and denies its own nature.
Paul Man
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Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action.
Paul Meyer
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Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.
Jorge Borges
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Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.
Joseph Brodsky
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Joseph Joubert
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
Joseph Joubert
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The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.
Julia Ward
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He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
Nicholas Boileau
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I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.
Moliere MoliFre
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 Aristotle
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
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Bertrand Russell
I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible.
Bertrand Russell
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Blaise Pascal
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
Blaise Pascal
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On the day when a young writer corrects his first proof-sheet he is as proud as a schoolboy who has just got his first dose of pox.
Charles Baudelaire
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Blaise Pascal
The last thing we decide in writing a book is what to put first.
Blaise Pascal
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In most cases a favorite writer is more with us in his book than he ever could have been in the flesh; since, being a writer, he is one who has studied and perfected this particular mode of personal incarnation, very likely to the detriment of any other. I should like as a matter of curiosity to see and hear for a moment the men whose works I admire; but I should hardly expect to find further intercourse particularly profitable.
Charles Cooley
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When writers meet they are truculent, indifferent, or over-polite. Then comes the inevitable moment. A shows B that he has read something of B s. Will B show A? If not, then A hates B, if yes, then all is well. The only other way for writers to meet is to share a quick pee over a common lamp-post.
Cyril Connolly
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D.H. Lawrence
I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
D.H. Lawrence
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I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well.
Don Marquis
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Writers are the main landmarks of the past.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Ernest Hemingway
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
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George Orwell
He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer.
George Orwell
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Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
Georg Christoph
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Gore Vidal
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5, and Samuel Beckett one -- and maybe a clone of that one. I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
Gore Vidal
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Henry Miller
After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in.
Henry Miller
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Henry Miller
A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.
Henry Miller
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The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.
Horace,
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