Writing Quotes

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - Like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.
James Joyce
Charles peters - bureaucrats write memoranda both because they...

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Jessamyn West
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Gene Fowle
Henry david thoreau - when i read some of the rules for speaking and...
Writing only leads to more writing.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind.
Catherine Drinker Bowen
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.
Pliny The Elde
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.
John Milton
I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten - - Happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
Brenda Ueland
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.
Jim Davis
If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
Benjamin Franklin
John steinbeck - in every bit of honest writing in the world,...
Not only the studying and writing of history but also the honoring of it both represent affirmations of a certain defiant faith - A desperate, unreasoning faith, if you will - But faith nevertheless in the endurance of this threatened world - Faith in the total essentiality of historical continuity.
George Frost Kennan
In the next year or so, my signature will appear on 60 billion of United States currency. More important to me, however, is the signature that appears on my life - The strong, proud, assertive handwriting of a loving father and mother.
Katherine D. Ortega
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch - Digging, mountain - Climbing, treadmill and childbirth... But amusing Never.
Edna Ferbe
Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
Delmore Schwartz
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
Jimmy Breslin
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington
Vigorous writing is concise.
William Strunk Jr., "The Elements of Style", 1919
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.
John Milton
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. N. B. This quote is commonly attributed to Voltaire, but it is not found in his writing.
S. G. Tallentyre
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
Horace
This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what youre doing, or it comes out flat. You cant fake your way through this.
Real Live Preache
Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.
Kahlil Gibran, Essay on Robert Frost, quoted in N. Y.. Times: Obit - Editorial, April 1982
Good writing takes more than just time; it wants your best moments and the best of you.
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher. com weblog, 10 - 09 - 04
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
Cyril Connolly
Never be entirely idle but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
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
Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
E. B. White
No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
John Peter Zenge
Television has raised writing to a new low.
Samuel Goldwyn