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Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.
Edna Ferber

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

When I am writing, I focus one hundred percent on my writing. Then, by the time I'm half way through the book, I'm already thinking about the ending.
Anita Desai

People once said they were "in" psychoanalysis, meaning they were committed to a long immersion. In a sense, they were writing their autobiographies.
R Z Sheppard

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas A Kempis

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
Anais Nin

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
Rebecca West

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Gene Fowler

Television has raised writing to a new low.
Samuel Goldwyn

Writing a book need not be an intimidating feeling, but rather it can be liberating, fulfilling and above all immensely personally satisfying.
Gerald Griffin

Despite the fact that I had a writing background, they didn't want to accept whatever ideas I had as a writer.
John Amos

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

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

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

In my writing I am acting as a map-maker, an explorer of psychic areas... a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.
William Borroughs

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
Tennessee Williams

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

It has also contained come of the very best, most accessible writing for children, by writers who seldom get the acknowledgement they deserve [on Fantasy genre]
Terry Pratchett

The best thing is that I'm no longer confined to writing heavy rock songs like Mich and Keith, who seem to have run out of ideas.
Bill Wyman

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

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Writing is something that can be notoriously difficult to do, so when you get the idea you want to make the most of it.
Gordon Getty

As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings.
Boris Pasternak

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

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

Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying.
John Updike

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

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
Justice Brandeis

There is something very therapeutic about a piece of writing, many will tell you it is a quite cathartic experience.
James Houston

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

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

A life that is worth writing at all is worth writing minutely
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

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

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
Isaac Singer

When you are writing poetry I often observe this serene sort of calmness that possesses you and takes you quite away from the immediate realities of life.
Annie Fields

I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa.
John Dalton

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

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

Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.
Truman Capote

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing
Bernard Malamud

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

When I first started writing, I was in advertising at the time, I was doing most of my writing on weekends. I had studied most of the other series heroes and I figured it would be fun for mine to be different and put him in and around water.
Clive Cussler

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

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

Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness
Georges Simenon

Inflated descriptions by the pen or exaggerated illustrations by the pencil. [On writing]
Grace Darling



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