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You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.
Horace,
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One gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.
Horace,
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James Thurber
When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.
James Thurber
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James Thurber
Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.
James Thurber
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It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
Jean Bruyere
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Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.
Jean Richter
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John Ruskin
It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his readers is sure to skip them.
John Ruskin
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Jonathan Swift
Style may defined as the proper words in the proper places.
Jonathan Swift
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Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than bullets. What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.
Logan Smith
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What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers.
Logan Smith
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Dorothy Rothschild Parker
If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best you can do that kills you.
Dorothy Rothschild Parker
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A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
Gaston Bachelard
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Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. To ''Why am I here?'' To uselessness. 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
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Good writing is clear thinking made visible.
Bill Wheeler
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Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
Arnold Bennett
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The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
Anthony Burgess
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No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
Wystan Hugh Auden
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But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.
Emily Bronte,
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Lord Byron
In general I do not draw well with literary men -- not that I dislike them but I never know what to say to them after I have praised their last publication.
Lord Byron
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Lord Byron
Nothing so fretful, so despicable as a Scribbler, see what I am, and what a parcel of Scoundrels I have brought about my ears, and what language I have been obliged to treat them with to deal with them in their own way; -- all this comes of Authorship.
Lord Byron
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Winston Churchill
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
Winston Churchill
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There are hardly half a dozen writers in England today who have not sold out to the enemy. Even when their good work has been a success, Mammon grips them and whispers: ''More money for more work.''
Aleister Crowley
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Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
Edward M. Forster
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Our work is to present things that are as they are.
(Frederick II) Frederick The Great
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every author in some degree portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Ernest Hemingway
I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
Ernest Hemingway
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Ernest Hemingway
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
Ernest Hemingway
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William James
Footnotes -- little dogs yapping at the heels of the text
William James
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Samuel Johnson
I know not, Madam, that you have a right, upon moral principles, to make your readers suffer so much.
Samuel Johnson
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