Writing Quotes

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
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
Cyril Connolly

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
The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
Richard Harding Davis
Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
E. B. White
Samuel goldwyn - television has raised writing to a new low....

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
Cyril Connolly
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
Plato, _phaedrus_ - then anyone who leaves behind him a written...
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
Truman Capote
Advice to writers Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Stanislaw Lec
Never be entirely idle but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
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
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
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
Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Stanislaw J. Lec, "Unkempt Thoughts".
Thomas mann - a writer is somebody for whom writing is more...
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
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
God is love, but get it in writing.
Gypsy Rose Lee
When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
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
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Benjamin Disraeli
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
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
Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.
Ernest Hemingway
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
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
Edwin Schlossberg
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
Christina Baldwin
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
Horace
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Gene Fowle
Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
Delmore Schwartz
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
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
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins commited in previous lives.
James Joyce
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