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All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
~ Saul Bellow

 

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All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
~ Anonymous

 

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All the world knows me in my book, and may book in me.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

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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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An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

 

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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.
~ Anonymous

 

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An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
~ Sigmund Freud

 

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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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Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
~ James Baldwin

 

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As a man has no right to kill one of his children if it is diseased or insane, so a man who has made the gradual and conscious expression of his personality in literature the aim of his life, has no right to suppress himself any carefully considered work which seemed good enough when it was written. Suppression, if it is deserved, will come rapidly enough from the same causes that suppress the unworthy members of a man's family.
~ J. M. Synge

 

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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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As to the adjective, when in doubt strike it out.
~ Mark Twain

 

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Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
~ Salman Rushdie

 

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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.
~ Charlotte Bronte

 

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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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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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Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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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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Easy writings curse is hard reading.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

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