Writing Quotes

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.
James Joyce
To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
Chinese Prove

Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
Katherine Paterson, The Spying Heart, 1989
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
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Gene Fowle
Real live preache - this is the challenge of writing. you have to be...

Television has raised writing to a new low.
Samuel Goldwyn
When one is grateful for something too good for common thanks, writing is less unsatisfactory than speech - One does not, at least, hear how inadequate the words are.
George Eliot
Edwin schlossberg - the skill of writing is to create a context in...
Writing only leads to more writing.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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
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
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Lord Acton
In every bit of honest writing in the world, there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.
John Steinbeck
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
Horace
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
Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.
Charles Peters
Stanislaw lec - advice to writers sometimes you just have to stop...
In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.
John Berge
Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.
Ernest Hemingway
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
Ivana Trump
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
Cyril Connolly
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
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple - Minded...
Plato, _Phaedrus_
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein
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
Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
Christina Baldwin
That everybody is allowed to learn to read spoileth in the long run not only writing but thinking.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Stanislaw J. Lec, "Unkempt Thoughts".
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
Cyril Connolly
Vigorous writing is concise.
William Strunk Jr., "The Elements of Style", 1919
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
Sir Francis Bacon
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
I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
Cyril Connolly
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Thomas Mann
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse
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