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Cao Yu Quotes

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For a writer, life is always too short to write.
I will just try my best during what remains of my life.
- Cao Yu

For a writer, published works are like fallen flowers,
but the expected new work is like a calyx waiting to blossom.
- Cao Yu

As society diversifies, the number of people who read
literature is decreasing.
It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.
- Cao Yu

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

 

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

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

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I think male roles are generally much better written.
So for actresses, we're always dealing with trying
to inject a role with more truth than the writer possibly had in mind.
- Judy Davis

This was something that was obsessing me and creating a writer's block.
To get involved and get stuck in, get the proper information
about what's going on has really helped.
- Thom Yorke

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing,
remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.
- Gene Fowler

If a lecturer, he wishes to be heard;
if a writer,
to be read.
He always hopes for a public beyond that of the long-suffering wife.
- Samuel E. Morison

Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet
or indeed any prophet under Islamic law,
the sentence for that is actually death.
- Cat Stevens

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley,
who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me,
but I couldn't tell you what it was.
- Jack Vance

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer.
Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel
and probably get it published.
- Lynn Abbey

I'll never be a good writer, and no chance of being a good actor.
- Matthew Vaughn

What's lucky about my career in general is that I stumbled
into what every writer most wants.
Not repeating myself and doing strange things has become my trademark.
- Jonathan Lethem

Without the faintest possibility of finding a job,
I decided to devote myself to literature:
it was about time to find out what I was worth as a writer.
- Jose Saramago

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

Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher,
stronger writer.
- Jessica Hagedorn

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus.
Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement.
To act, an actor has to have words.
A stage.
a camera turning.
- Paul Muni

Providing a writer isn't put off by conventions -
and some are -
attending them can be a nice break from the necessary isolation of writing.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Until you understand a writer's ignorance,
presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right.
It speaks the writer's will to live.
- Don DeLillo

I think with every writer there are two people there.
- Hugh Leonard

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this:
marry an English major.
- Stephen Ambrose

Although I write screenplays, I don't think I'm a very good writer.
- George Lucas

What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us...
what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?
- Julio Cortazar

Occasionally a student writer comes up with something
really beautiful and moving,
and you won't know for years if it was an accident
or the first burst of something wonderful.
- Howard Nemerov

God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names.
- Dennis Potter

It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse
than maybe it actually was.
- Amy Tan

Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself.
And you have no duty towards anyone else.
- Iris Chang

The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.
- Toni Cade Bambara

I pretty much only write by default,
because I want to make certain projects so instead
of trying to wait and find them,
I create them, but I'm not really a writer.
- Sara Gilbert

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece,
but he cannot of course create it.
- Karl Marx

I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this,
then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.
- Bernard Malamud

If you're a singer you lose your voice.
A baseball player loses his arm.
A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good,
the older he gets, the better he writes.
- Mickey Spillane

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

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

The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized
the apprenticeship of a writer.
- Russell Banks

There's a feminist writer, Naomi Wolfe,
who is reconsidering her position on abortion.
- Norma McCorvey

I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
- Christian Bale

I have pretty thick skin, and I think if you're going to be in this business,
if you're going to be an actor or a writer,
you better have a thick skin.
- John Irving

I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

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

For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government.
That is why no regime has ever loved great writers,
only minor ones.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I knew I wasn't a baseball writer.
I was scared to death.
I really was afraid to talk to players,
and I didn't want to go into the press box because
I thought I was faking it.
- Roger Angell

When I look back at it, I'm mostly amazed at how poorly it was shot.
David Kelley is a great writer, and I thought the scripts were great,
but it just looks so cheap.
- Peter Berg

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained.
For those two hours he has been in a different place
with totally different people.
- Roald Dahl

Well, I write in exile because I cannot return to my country,
so I have no choice but to see myself as an exiled writer.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter.
But after college...
I did other things.
- Jackie Kennedy

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
- Richard Bach

Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer,
we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft,
and started all over again.
- Bruce Boxleitner

It's a dead give away of an inexperienced writer if
every character speaks with the same voice.
- Colleen McCullough

Disney was not a good animator, he didn't draw well at all,
but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
- Chuck Jones

I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper.
He was not a writer.
Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put
anything more than his signature on paper.
- Leslie Fiedler

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing,
for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
- Edna Ferber

The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion,
the emotion that can wholly become a thought.
- Thomas Mann

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
But why? Why do you choose one set of tools rather than another?
- James D. Houston

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says,
but to go off with him and travel in his company.
- Andre Gide

Now, being a science fiction writer,
when I see a natural principle,
I wonder if it could fail.
- Rudy Rucker

As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie;
all it requires is a great writer and great director
with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy.
- David Cross

As a very experienced writer once told me,
'It's in the rewrites'.
- Tom Skerritt

A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself,
and then publishes for money.
I write for myself and publish just for the reader.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual,
a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity,
and creative strength.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

I've never seen myself as a fantasy writer -
ever.
- Jonathan Carroll

Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired.
He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.
- Hugh Leonard


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