Writing Quotes

Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Lord Acton
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
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
Sir Francis Bacon
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
Edna ferbe - only amateurs say that they write for their own...

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 writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Thomas Mann
Edwin schlossberg - the skill of writing is to create a context in...
Writing only leads to more writing.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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
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
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
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
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
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
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
E. L. Doctorow
Benjamin franklin - if you would not be forgotten as soon as you are...
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
Cyril Connolly
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
Vigorous writing is concise.
William Strunk Jr., "The Elements of Style", 1919
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
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
That everybody is allowed to learn to read spoileth in the long run not only writing but thinking.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
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
Report writing, like motor - Car driving and love - Making, is one of those activities which almost every Englishman thinks he can do well without instruction. The results are of course usually abominable.
Tom Margerison, "A Random Walk in Science" compiled by R. L. Weber, edited by E. Mendoza
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
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
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
Joan Baez
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
Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
Christina Baldwin
Advice to writers Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
Stanislaw Lec
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_
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Benjamin Disraeli
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert Heinlein
God is love, but get it in writing.
Gypsy Rose Lee
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
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