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

A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right. (Quote by - John K. Hutchens)

A memorandum is written to protect the writer, not to inform his reader. (Quote by - Dean Acheson)

I am not learning definitions as established in even the latest dictionaries. I am not a dictionary-maker. I am a person a dictionary-maker has to contend with. I am a living evidence in the development of language. (Quote by - William Stafford)

I have only made this letter rather long because I have not had time to make it shorter. (Quote by - Blaise Pascal)

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. (Quote by - Virginia Woolf)

You have to throw yourself away when you write. (Quote by - Maxwell Perkins)

The business of writing is one of the four or five most private things in the world. (Quote by - Ethel Wilson)

How can I know what I think till I see what I say? (Quote by - E. M. Forster)

Writing: I certainly do rewrite my central myth in every book, and would never read or trust any writer who did not also do so. (Quote by - Northrop Frye)

For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity. (Quote by - George Orwell)

When my journal appears, many statues must come down. (Quote by - Duke of Wellington)

The life of a writer is tragic: the more we advance, the farther there is to go and the more there is to say, the less time there is to say it. (Quote by - Gabrielle Roy)

When an author is yet living, we estimate his powers by his worst performance; and when he is dead, we rate them by his best. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. (Quote by - Anais Nin)

The man who is asked by an author what he thinks of his work is put to the torture and is not obliged to speak the truth. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned. (Quote by - Jorge Luis Borges)

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying . . . one must ruthlessly suppress everything that is not concerned with the subject. If, in the first chapter, you say there is a gun hanging on the wall, you should make quite sure that it is going to be used further on in the story. (Quote by - Anton Chekhov)

There are two kinds of writers, the great ones who can give you truths, and the lesser ones, who can only give you themselves. (Quote by - Clifton Fadiman)

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. (Quote by - Logan Pearsall Smith)

I quote others in order to better express my own self. (Quote by - Michel de Montaigne)

He is limp and damp and milder than the breath of a cow. (Quote by - Virginia Woolf)

A good writer is basically a story-teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind. (Quote by - Isaac Bashevis Singer)

I conceive that the right way to write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been a boy. That immensely enlarges the audience. (Quote by - Mark Twain)

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. (Quote by - Charles Darwin)

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