Writing Quotes

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
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Thomas Mann

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
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_
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
Benjamin franklin - if you would not be forgotten as soon as you are...

Never be entirely idle but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
Ivana Trump
George eliot - when one is grateful for something too good for...
Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
Jimmy Breslin
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
Horace
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
Cyril Connolly
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Lord Acton
Writing only leads to more writing.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Advice to writers Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Stanislaw Lec
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
Richard harding davis - the secret of good writing is to say an old thing...
My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.
Walt Whitman
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
Cyril Connolly
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
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
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
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
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
Cyril Connolly
When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly... I think - - Any fool can make a rule And every fool will mind it.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
E. B. White
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
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
Sir Francis Bacon
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
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
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse
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
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
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
Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
Delmore Schwartz
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