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To write is to become disinterested.
by Anthony Burgess

To write is to become disinterested.
There is a certain renunciation in art.
- Anthony Burgess

It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it.
To remember where you come from is part of where you're going.
- Anthony Burgess

I didn't think; I experimented.
- Anthony Burgess

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
- Anthony Burgess

 

We all need money, but there are degrees of desperation.
- Anthony Burgess

If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe
in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
- Anthony Burgess

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read.
War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement,
which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.
- Anthony Burgess

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The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
- Anthony Burgess

Bath twice a day to be really clean,
once a day to be passably clean,
once a week to avoid being a public menace.
- Anthony Burgess

The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.
- Anthony Burgess

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion.
Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.
- Anthony Burgess

Every dogma has its day.
- Anthony Burgess

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.
- Anthony Burgess

Laugh and the world laughs with you,
snore and you sleep alone.
- Anthony Burgess

The downtrodden are the great creators of slang.
- Anthony Burgess

A novelist should not be too intelligent either,
although...
he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
- Anthony Burgess

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth,
is that of Not Going.
- Anthony Burgess

Violence among young people is an aspect of their desire to create.
They don't know how to use their energy creatively
so they do the opposite and destroy.
- Anthony Burgess

He said it was artificial respiration,
but now I find I am to have his child.
- Anthony Burgess

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper,
the country demands bold, persistent,
experimentation.
It is common sense to take a method and try it,
if it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
But above all, try something.
- Anthony Burgess

Books in a large university library system:
2,000,000.
Books in an average large city library:
10,000.
Average number of books in a chain bookstore:
30,000.
Books in an average neighborhood branch library:
20,000.
- Anthony Burgess

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

If one could be friendly with women,
what a pleasure -
the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men.
Why not write about it truthfully?
- Virginia Woolf

I don't necessarily write everything as automatically
assuming it will be collected,
there's nothing that says Hitman will be collected,
though it might be.
- Garth Ennis

If you can write DNA, you're no longer limited to 'what
is' but to what you could make.
- Drew Endy

I love the paranormal, because there,
every genre I write can become one beacon for my imagination.
- Leslie Banks

I felt that I had to write.
Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing,
enjoying it and experiencing the challenge.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

It's a discovery of a story when I write a book,
a case of inching ahead on each page and discovering
what's beyond in the darkness,
beyond where you're writing.
- Michael Ondaatje

I loved to write when I was a child.
I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child,
then you put away childish things.
- Rita Dove

Well, I've been a big fan of comic books since I was a little kid.
In fact, I used to write and draw my own comic books
when I was on the old Lost in Space series.
- Bill Mumy

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters,
they might write all the books in the British Museum.
- Arthur Eddington

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write,
but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
- Karl Marx

If you make your living writing, and you can't write anything,
it's over.
It's very frightening.
- Sting

I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.
- Charlotte Bronte

When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer,
but I didn't write about it.
Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by
the editors I sent them to.
- Thom Gunn

It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand,
a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated
in me like the waters of a reservoir.
- Henry Miller

Artists who write songs...
what they're going through usually comes through in their music.
- Terri Clark

As soon as you sit down to write about something you
are pressing your nose deeper into the sewer of facts.
- Theo Van Gogh

I had to go into a studio and compose and write and
press up 12 songs in 14 hours.
When you're recording a song from scratch it takes
you 14 hours to do just one song.
- Grandmaster Flash

When I see these guys write all this macho stuff I
want to smash their heads.
- John Turturro

I'm much more used to the TV shows, which are demanding
to write and perform but very fulfilling.
- Rory Bremner

I'm not used to not having enough time to live with the songs.
Usually, if I write something, I live with it for a little while.
- Fiona Apple

In Stratford you either turn into an alcoholic or you better write.
- Christopher Plummer

Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.
- Wally Lamb

Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write
as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.
- Buddy Ebsen

Yes, I do often write poems from the mind,
but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
- Anne Stevenson

I remember thinking during those times that I wanted
to write in a way where there are no rules.
- Alanis Morissette


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