Famous Quotes & Quotations About Writing:
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
~ G.K. Chesterton.
A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
~ W. Somerset Maugham, Summing Up, 1938.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
~ Samuel Johnson.
A metaphor is like a simile.
~ Author Unknown.
A notepad by the bedside accounts for half the earnings of my livelihood. If it weren't for bedtime, half my novels would still be stuck at dock.
~ Ever Garrison.
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
~ Henry David Thoreau.
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, Every Man's Natural Desire to Be Somebody Else, The Dame School of Experience, 1920.
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order.
~ Jean Luc Godard.
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.
~ Baltasar Gracián.
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.
~ Charles Peguy.
A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.
~ John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune, 10 September 1961.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
~ Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades, 1947.
A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
~ Karl Kraus.
A writer's mind seems to be situated partly in the solar plexus and partly in the head.
~ Ethel Wilson.
All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
~ Gustave Flaubert.
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
~ Adlai Stevenson, as quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs.
An incurable itch for scribbling takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breasts.
~ Juvenal, Satires.
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
~ Chateaubriand, Le Génie du Christianisme, 1802.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
~ Sylvia Plath.
As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.
~ Virginia Woolf.
As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.
~ Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894.
Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
~ Samuel Johnson.
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