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Samuel Johnson
In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness.
Samuel Johnson
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Samuel Johnson
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Samuel Johnson
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Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.
(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
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This is something that I cannot get over -- that a whole line could be written by half a man, that a work could be built on the quicksand of a character.
Karl Kraus
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Walter Landor,
The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.
Walter Landor,
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As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
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W. Somerset Maugham
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
W. Somerset Maugham
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W. Somerset Maugham
The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
W. Somerset Maugham
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W. Somerset Maugham
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
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… Although most of us know Vincent van Gogh in Arles and Paul Gauguin in Tahiti as if they were neighbors -- somewhat disreputable but endlessly fascinating -- none of us can name two French generals or department store owners of that period. I take enormous pride in considering myself an artist, one of the necessaries.
James A. Michener
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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
All the world knows me in my book, and may book in me.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
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Of course I'm a black writer. I'm not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer and Latin American writer aren't marginal anymore. We have to acknowledge that the thing we call ''literature'' is more pluralistic now, just as society ought to be. The melting pot never worked. We ought to be able to accept on equal terms everybody from the Hasidim to Walter Lippmann, from the Rastafarians to Ralph Bunche.
Toni Morrison
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Howard Nemerov
The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying. Being unable to write, you must examine in writing this being unable, which becomes for the present -- henceforth? -- the subject to which you are condemned.
Howard Nemerov
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To be a good diarist, one must have a snouty, sneaky mind.
Harold Nicolson
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George Orwell
Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.
George Orwell
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One reason writers write is out of revenge. Life hurts; certain ideas and experiences hurt; one wants to clarify, to set out illuminations, to replay the old bad scenes and get the Treppenworte said -- the words one didn't have the strength or ripeness to say when those words were necessary for one's dignity or survival.
Cynthia Ozick
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Alexander Pope
Most authors steal their works, or buy.
Alexander Pope
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Alexander Pope
Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.
Alexander Pope
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Alexander Pope
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offence. The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
Alexander Pope
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Alexander Pope
Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents , or my own?
Alexander Pope
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Jonathan Swift
O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee.
Jonathan Swift
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The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.
William M. Thackeray
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Mark Twain
As to the adjective, when in doubt strike it out.
Mark Twain
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Mark Twain
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
Mark Twain
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An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterwards.
Author Unknown
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Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves -- that's the truth. We have two or three great moving experiences in our lives -- experiences so great and moving that it doesn't seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before.
Author Unknown
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My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
Author Unknown
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Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.
Author Unknown
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Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. It's like actors, who try so pathetically not to look in mirrors. Who lean back ward trying -- only to see their faces in the reflecting chandeliers.
Author Unknown
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Writing is simple. First you have to make sure you have plenty of paper... sharp pencils... typewriter ribbon. Then put your belly up to your desk... roll a sheet of paper into the typewriter... and stare at it until beads of blood appear on your forehead.
Author Unknown
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