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Writers Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Writers.

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

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

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the
world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
- Gore Vidal

Editing is the same as quarrelling with writers -
same thing exactly.
- Harold Ross

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There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

The first year we actually did a lot of night shooting
and the writers weren't even allowed on location.
- James MacArthur

Since I was there in the very beginning,
I know the history of the characters.
So, I make comments about the tone and sometimes remind
the writers that we've done that before.
- Matt Groening

But the French writers always had more originality
and independence than others,
and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion,
long since ceased to exist for them.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

Stargate by far is the top of the pile when it comes to Sci-Fi.
The quality is great.
They have really good writers, production design,
lighting, wardrobe.
- Corin Nemec

I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers,
this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind
of hostility to the reader.
- David Foster Wallace

Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation -
from the writers of the world's religious masterpieces
to our most irreverent satirists.
- Jack Herer

Writers always know whether you like them or not.
- Leslie Fiedler

I think more than writers, the major influences on
me have been European movies,
jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
- Don DeLillo

I belong to a specific category of writers,
those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire
from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened -
almost to calm themselves.
- Helen Garner

If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
- Irvin S. Cobb

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

Women writers have been told, forever,
that our stories were not valuable.
Not as valuable as men's stories about wars,
business, power.
- Joyce Maynard

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five
or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven

It is the nobility of their style which will make our
writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
- Stendhal

Every well-written book is a light for me.
When you write, you use other writers and their books
as guides in the wilderness.
- Kate DiCamillo

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself
to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
- Robert Frost

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.
- W. H. Auden

I don't think poetry is something that can be taught.
We can encourage young writers, but what you can't
teach them is the very essence of poetry.
- Robert Morgan

I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers
who take themselves seriously -
and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
- Jonathan Franzen

I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to
writers and really put restrictions on them.
People don't think your work is quite as universal.
- James Welch

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I think writers are very anxious.
- Helen Garner

Like so many writers I started writing stories because
I didn't have much time for anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

Together with script writers Syd green and Dick Hills,
we worked on the comedy ideas for this series.
- Eric Morecambe

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous.
I'll go a step further.
You must be bisexual.
- Rita Mae Brown

How some of the writers I come across get through their
books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
- William Gaddis

Don't write the book you think publishers want to commission.
Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing.
- Louise Brown

For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers
form a control group for whom the world is a placebo.
- Nicholson Baker

I didn't need to borrow money from the record company,
because if I had my own publishing company,
and I had my own writers, I'd have enough to get and
do whatever I wanted to do.
- Solomon Burke

Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
- Octavio Paz

France is not poetic; she even feels,
in fact, a congenital horror of poetry.
Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will
always prefer are the most prosaic.
- Charles Baudelaire

I just have a thing for writers.
Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
- Patricia Clarkson

The English may not always be the best writers in the world,
but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
- Raymond Chandler

Directors and writers have a lot of stress as well,
because they have people they answer to.
- Alexis Bledel

I've probably had my day in the sun.
I think I've influenced a lot of comic book writers.
- Harvey Pekar

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
- Gore Vidal

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet.
It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day.
- Richard Price

It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Sometimes writers say true things about the overall nature of publicity,
promotion, and the publishing industry;
but alas,
not always.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Live action writers will give you a structure,
but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation
is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.
- Ralph Bakshi

New fiction writers are a special breed in my estimation,
and I never dreamed that so many people would be interested,
but I remember being led by God.
- Tim LaHaye

But sometimes the women writers will pitch something and I'll hear it,
but the men will keep talking.
- Wanda Sykes

Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
- Beverly Cleary

I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing
through electronic media...
it still isn't wide enough for the readership they
would need to get a good start.
- Anne McCaffrey

I want to see the writers strike because the writers,
god bless them, are the only true commies we have in Hollywood.
- Ned Beatty

But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when
I first started I chose to photograph many of the great
writers in this country to try and earn a living.
- Fay Godwin

Get more women producers, writers, directors.
Why should we expect men to do it for us? They can't.
- Kathleen Turner

Good writers are of necessity rare.
- George Henry Lewes

Writers really live in the mind and in hotels of the soul.
- Edna O'Brien

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics.
The ones who want to be writers read the reviews,
the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
- William Faulkner

What a revolting contrast exists in England between
the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.
- Flora Tristan

I love the line of Flaubert about observing things very intensely.
I think our duty as writers begins not with our own feelings,
but with the powers of observing.
- Mary Oliver

I think the special thing about Python is that it's a writers' commune.
The writers are in charge.
The writers decide what the material is.
- Eric Idle

The prophets and the writers of the Psalms were clear
that God was continuing to work in the universe and in all history.
They declared that He had created the universe.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

This might be one way to start talking about differences
between the early postmodern writers of the fifties
and sixties and their contemporary descendants.
- David Foster Wallace

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading
books is a more and more unusual experience,
and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright

I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired
to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.
- Barry Mann

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things,
but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
- John Cheever

Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
- John Steinbeck

Advice to beginning SF writers? Write a lot,
finish what you write, and when it's done,
keep sending it out for quite awhile.
- Rudy Rucker


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