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I work every day, or at least I force myself into office or room. I may get nothing done, but you don't earn bonuses without putting in time. Nothing may come for three months, but you don't earn the fourth without it. (Quote by - Mordecai Richler)

Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. (Quote by - Voltaire)

There is today an extraordinary interest with the data of modern experience per se. Our absorption in our contemporary historical state is very high right now. It's not altogether unlike a similar situation in seventeenth century Holland, where wealthy merchants wanted their portraits done with all their blemishes included. It is the height of egotism, in a sense, to think even one's blemishes are of significance. So today Americans seem to want their writers to reveal all their weaknesses, their meannesses, to celebrate their very confusions. And they want it in the most direct possible way, they want it served up neat, as it were, without the filtering and generalizing power of fiction. (Quote by - Saul Bellow)

In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears. (Quote by - Edith Wharton)

When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad things you did do, well, that's memoirs. (Quote by - Will Rogers)

You praise the firm restraint with which they write, I'm with you, there, of course: They use the snaffle and the curb all right, But where's the bloody horse? (Quote by - Roy Campbell)

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. (Quote by - Marshall McLuhan)

Anybody can find out if he is a writer. If he were a writer, when he tried to write of some particular day, he would find in the effort that he could recall exactly how the light fell and how the temperature felt, and all the quality of it. Most people cannot do it. If they can do it, they may never be successful in a pecuniary sense, but that ability is at the bottom of writing, I am sure. (Quote by - Maxwell Perkins)

I keep six honest serving men. (They taught me all I know); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. (Quote by - Rudyard Kipling)

Never believe anything a writer tells you about himself. A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells himself about himself. (Quote by - George Bernard Shaw)

There should be two main objectives in ordinary prose writing: to convey a message and to include in it nothing that will distract the reader's attention or check his habitual pace of reading, he should feel that he is seated at ease in a taxi, not riding a temperamental horse through traffic. (Quote by - Robert Graves)

Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing: it's about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustrations that it creates. (Quote by - Mordecai Richler)

Thought flies and words go on foot. (Quote by - Julien Green)

When I am dead, I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.' (Quote by - Hilaire Belloc)

I can write better than anyone who can write faster, and I can write faster than anyone who can write better. (Quote by - A. J. Liebling)

Autobiography is a preemptive strike against biographers. (Quote by - Barbara G. Harris)

Writers aren't exactly people, they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person. (Quote by - F. Scott Fitzgerald)

The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it. (Quote by - Ernest Hemingway)

The best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

He claimed his modest share of the general foolishness of the human race. (Quote by - Irving Howe)

Make'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait. (Quote by - Charles Reade)

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better. (Quote by - T. S. Eliot)

It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence whether a man be behind it or no. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Now as through this world I ramble, I see lots of funny men, Some rob you with a six gun Some with a fountain pen. (Quote by - Woody Guthrie)

Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent. (Quote by - E. M. Forster)


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