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Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784 Composition is, for the most part, an act of slow diligence to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution.

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1 Samuel Johnson, Composition is, for the most part, an act of slow diligence to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution.

2 Winston Churchill, History will be kind to me – for I intend to write it.

3 Isaac Bashevis Singer, The wastepaper basket is the writer's best friend.

4 Dorothy Parker, This is not a book that should be tossed lightly aside. It should be hurled with great force.

5 Ursula K. Le Guin, The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

6 Louise Brooks, Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.

7 Friedrich Nietzsche, My ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in an entire book.

8 Elmore Leonard,1925- My most important piece of advice to all you would- be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.

9 Gloria Steinem, Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.

10 Truman Capote, I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

11 Blaise Pascal, I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

12 Toni Morrison, If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

13 Lord Acton, Learn as much by writing as by reading.

14 Moses Hadas, Thank you for sending me your book. I shall waste no time reading it.

15 Robert Heinlein, Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

16 Flannery O’Connor, Everywhere I go, I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.

17 Jack London, You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

18 Madeleine L’Engle, Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.

19 Wilson Mizner, When you take stuff from one writer, it's plagiarism. But when you take it from many writers, it's research.

20 Thomas Mann, A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

21 Kingsley Amis, If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.

22 Walter Bagehot, The reason so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

23 Robert Frost, No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

24 Richard Peck Writing is communication, not self- expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother.

25 Jessamyn West, Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.

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

27 Samuel Johnson, The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.

28 Susan Sontag, Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.

29 Oscar Wilde, I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

30 Isaac Asimov, If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.

31 Ezra Pound, Literature is news that STAYS news.

32 Agatha Christie, I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

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

34 Albert Camus, Bad authors write with respect to an inner context that the reader cannot know.

35 Molière, I always do the first line well, but I have trouble doing the others.

36 Katherine Anne Porter, Most people won’t realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.

37 John Steinbeck, The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.

38 Alexander Pope, True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance.

39 Don Marquis, i never think at all when i write – nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.

40 E. M. Forster, How do I know what I think until I see what I say?

41 Anais Nin, We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.

42 Mark Twain, Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.

43 Pliny the Younger, A.D. There is nothing to write about, you say. Well then, write and let me know just this – that there is nothing to write about.

44 Rebecca West, Journalism – an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.

45 Samuel Johnson, Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

46 Lillian Hellman, If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

47 Raymond Chandler, When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

48 Ernest Hemingway, The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof s**t detector.

49 Easy writing makes curst hard reading. Richard Brinsley Sheridan,

50 Writing is the supreme solace. W. Somerset Maugham,

51 Chamfort, Most of today’s books have an air of having been written in one day from books read the night before.

52 To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. Herman Melville,

53 The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book. Mickey Spillane, 1918-

54 Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. Willa Cather,

55 There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it. Fyodor Dostoevsky,

56 Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation. Laurence Sterne,

57 There is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, happy accident. H. L. Mencken,


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