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Alfred Kazin Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alfred Kazin.

When a writer talks about his work, he's talking about a love affair.
- Alfred Kazin

One writes to make a home for oneself,
on paper, in time and in others' minds.
- Alfred Kazin

If we practiced medicine like we practice education,
we'd look for the liver on the right side and left side in alternate years.
- Alfred Kazin

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

 

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

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I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- Neil Gaiman

The Onion Field made a real writer.
And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
- Joseph Wambaugh

Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it
and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.
- Don DeLillo

A good writer is basically a story teller,
not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Steve Martin is such an exquisite and precise writer.
Everything is so clear; it's like a bell.
He says what he means and says it so beautifully.
- Jason Schwartzman

I'm a writer and this is what I love to do.
- Gloria Estefan

Every book has an intrinsic impossibility,
which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
- Annie Dillard

There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer,
not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly.
- John Irving

The writer has to force himself to work.
He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to
his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.
- Roald Dahl

I do not know that any writer has supposed that on
this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
- Thomas Malthus

People love pretty much the same things best.
A writer looking for subject inquires not after what he loves best,
but after what he alone loves at all.
- Annie Dillard

Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment.
Everyone in his time admired him but I think right
now he's not spoken of enough.
- Anne Rice

The nice thing about being a writer is that you can
make magic happen without learning tricks.
- Humphrey Carpenter

I'm a writer first and a woman after.
- Katherine Mansfield

I've basically thought of myself as a writer,
whether I was or not.
- Bob Schieffer

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose,
and wants to be a poet.
So he begins every line with a capital letter,
and keeps on writing prose.
- Samuel McChord Crothers

If I'd had more time or been a better writer,
I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel.
But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web.
- Philip Greenspun

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Whatever you do, make sure you want to write more than you want to be a writer.
Make sure you want to act more than you want to be an actor.
That is what will sustain you.
- Bradley Whitford

The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze.
He wants a drink.
He needs it.
- Roald Dahl

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

I think Juan stopped short - he got halfway to the
destination and got off the train.
He is certainly an excellent writer and a good person,
but I'm not a nationalist.
- Clarence Thomas

I can only assume that your editorial writer tripped
over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat.
- E. B. White

I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff.
I think of myself as a writer.
- Sam Shepard

A writer should get as much education as possible,
but just going to school is not enough;
if it were,
all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

And I find - I'm 63, and my capacity to be by myself
and just spend time by myself hasn't diminished any.
That's the necessary part of being a writer,
you better like being alone.
- John Irving

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

I've hung out in the writer's room a few times,
but the fact is we've got such a good writing staff,
I don't want to get my peanut butter fingerprints on anything.
- Patton Oswalt

Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer,
even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
- Robert Morgan

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
- Karl Kraus

I never really wanted to be an actor.
And that was the beginning of it, I began to write
things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.
- Barry Levinson

The writing career is not a romantic one.
The writer's life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

I think plays, like books, are endemic.
They grow out of the soil of the writer and the place he's writing about.
I think, you just can't move them about,
you know.
- Peter Shaffer

I would be more frightened as a writer if people thought
my movies were like science fiction.
- Neil LaBute

I've yet to meet a writer who could change water into wine,
and we have a tendency to treat them like that.
- Michael Tolkin

Sylvester has a great popular sense,
as good as any writer I've ever worked with.
He knows what audiences want to see,
and what they don't want to see.
- Ted Kotcheff

If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I
wasn't a better writer or a better singer.
- Patti Smith

The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts,
questions, and values.
That is art.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich.
I cannot properly contradict him.
- Thomas Malthus

For me, there is nothing worse than the knowledge that
my life holds nothing for me but being a writer.
- Jean Stafford

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
- Irwin Shaw

I'm an escapist kind of writer.
- Maeve Binchy

Being a writer is like having homework every night
for the rest of your life.
- Lawrence Kasdan

Since I was the solo artist as well as the writer for the songs,
I figured I had enough credits on it already.
- Cy Coleman

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that
a writer is working when he's staring out of the window.
- Burton Rascoe

A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary
readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for
one reader in a hundred years' time.
- Arthur Koestler

A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

When a writer becomes a reader of his or her own work,
a lot can go wrong.
It's like do-it-yourself dentistry.
- William Collins

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment
for having disturbed the reader's peace.
The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
- Anatole Broyard

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book
and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
- Tom Wolfe

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
- Tom T. Hall

But I do not have the reader in mind when I write.
No true writer does that.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I wanted to use what I was, to be what I was born to be -
not to have a 'career',
but to be that straightforward obvious unmistakable animal,
a writer.
- Cynthia Ozick

Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and
poet of the English language,
lived in a time that was politically very conservative
and it's reflected in his writings.
- Alex Cox

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure.
Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
- Joseph Joubert

Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor,
or a producer, or a writer, or a director,
or an agent, or...
So everybody understands the hours.
- Julie Benz

A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic.
No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
- Jim Bishop

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

I might add that you change as a person as you grow older,
so you change as a writer, too.
- Terry Brooks

The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said,
however inexperienced the writer.
- Robertson Davies

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself
is almost sure to please others.
- Marianne Moore

The real writer is one who really writes.
Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure.
You have to like it better than being loved.
- Marge Piercy

My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer.
- John Sebastian


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