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Liam is a songwriting genius. His songs make me cry 'cause they are better than mine.
Noel Gallagher

I don't think there's much point in bemoaning the state of the world unless there's some way you can think of to improve it. Otherwise, don't bother writing a book - go and find a tropical island and lie in the sun.
Peter Singer

There is something wonderful about singing and writing music, I think there is something special about creativity and the ability humans have in that area.
Kim Gordon

Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
Adlai E Stevenson

Obviously there will be a sense of achievement... I suppose there will be some benefits to not writing Harry Potter books any more. So it is about fifty-fifty really
J K Rowling

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Norman Mailer

On what? [when asked if he had ever thought of writing an autobiography!]
Chris Eubank

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. [Thus Spoke Zarathustra from the Chapter 'Of Reading and Writing']
Friedrich Nietzsche

'If you're writing songs, there are two things that you just don't write about: politics and religion. We write about both.'
Bono

All the rest is mere fine writing. (Art poetique)
Paul Verlaine

The main thing is to keep yourself awake [on writing]
Margaret Atwood

We never let go. Ever. Even with punctuation. It's frightening. I can't see anyone from any record company ever writing an email to Neil and not getting it back, with corrections.
Chris Lowe

Musically I wanted to explore my songwriting, branching out into my music. Iíve been playing blues since I started, and I wanted to go in more of a soul, R&B direction.
Jonny Lang

Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to tell stories, but I never had the patience to sit down at a typewriter and write short stories or anything like that. I started writing songs as a way of communicating ideas the best way I could.
Rob Thomas

When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves.
Alice Hoffman

I will carry on writing, to be sure. But I don't know if I would want to publish again [after Harry Potter]
J K Rowling

In the writing of memoirs, as in the production of shows, too much caution causes the audience to nod and think of other channels.
Gerald Clarke

Writing is a lonely job, unless you're a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.
Emilio Estevez

Programming definitely requires a particular mindset, and normally the problem is working out what the program has to do, rather than actually writing the program once you've worked that bit out.
Paul Graham

I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Shake[speare] was a dramatist of note; He lived by writing things to quote.
H C Bunner

All I want is a modest place in Mr X's Good Reading, Miss Y's Good Writing, and that new edition of One Thousand Best Bits of Recent Prose.
James Agate

No machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. [not at the time of writing anyhow Louis, who knows what the future will bring!]
Louis Gerstner

As you get older, it's nice to be able to relax a bit about your appearance. Writing does that for me. It comes from inside me, from my brain and from my heart, and hopefully it has much more value than anything that's on the exterior.
Emma Samms

Writing something in the spirit of Halloween is like Mother Teresa writing on charity and sacrifice!
Danny Elfman

I like the solitude of writing.
Paul Gascoigne

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
Laurence Sterne

I write when the urge hits me, getting the words down as fast as I can type and then I step back from what I just wrote and start a dialectical process where I begin challenging my own writing.
Donald McKay

I really want to get into writing film music. I'm really passionate about that.
Vanessa Brown

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory
for its humour, the writing is on the wall.
Alan Bennett

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
Russell Baker

Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.
Octavia Butler

I began writing after my child was seriously hurt in a day care center accident, and I wanted to come home to be with her during her recovery.
Leslie Banks

I don't plan to write another science book, but I don't plan not to. I do enjoy writing histories, and taking subjects that are generally dull and trying to make them interesting.
Bill Bryson

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.
Ivern Ball

I have been writing in spurts, bit by bit. It is incredibly difficult. Everything is corroded, broken, dismantled; everything is covered with hardened layers of accumulated insensitivity, deafness, entrenched routine. It is disgusting.
Boris Pasternak

'Rock is all about writing your own script; it's all about pioneering.'
Courtney Love

Orwell is almost our litmus test. Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.
John Pilger

Writing a book is not as tough as it is to haul thirty-five people around the country and sweat like a horse five nights a week.
Bette Midler

I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing. (Emblems)
Francis Quarles

I am a drinker with writing problems.
Brendan Behan

Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original; by destroying one's first productions.
Andre Maurois

Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
Ivana Trump

I would sweat and think and get it all together. [On lyric writing]
Jim Capaldi

I always did my best in writing to Santa Claus, but I never thought of writing as something you did for a profession.
Dee Brown

I was always a bit reluctant with anything like fame and the limelight and it didn't sit very well with me, although I love singing and writing.
Alex Parks

My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.
Ernest Hemingway

Songwriting is one of those strange arts whereby you can have no inspiration for a long time then have a productive period where almost every day a new song is coming to you.
Nanci Griffith

Very often when we stay in a hotel we will rent a single room with a piano in it, buy loads of drinks and do this stuff. writing songs is my favourite pastime ever.
Vince Clarke

Television has raised writing to a new low.
Samuel Goldwyn



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