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I can write better than anybody who can write faster,
by A. J. Liebling

I can write better than anybody who can write faster,
and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
- A. J. Liebling

The function of the press in society is to inform,
but its role in society is to make money.
- A. J. Liebling

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like
the blind leading the one-eyed.
- A. J. Liebling

Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
- A. J. Liebling

 

I take a grave view of the press.
It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy.
- A. J. Liebling

Chicago seems a big city instead of merely a large place.
- A. J. Liebling

The way to write is well, and how is your own business.
- A. J. Liebling

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If you just try long enough and hard enough,
you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior.
- A. J. Liebling

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
- A. J. Liebling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even if I don't release it myself, somebody else might
hear it and want to record it.
When you write a song, it gives it that potential.
- Smokey Robinson

Then in my early teens, when the home computer bubble was blowing,
I had one of the first, an Acorn Atom,
and used to write primitive adventures on that.
- Graham Nelson

We go to school to learn to work hard for money.
I write books and create products that teach people
how to have money work hard for them.
- Robert Kiyosaki

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms,
stiffen into cold epigrams.
Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
- F. H. Bradley

The more light hearted I write about that,
the better the message gets through.
- Theo Van Gogh

The fact that people will pay you to talk to people
and travel to interesting places and write about what intrigues you,
I am just amazed by that.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

Rock stars wanting to write is even worse than wanting to act in movies,
right?
- Evan Dando

I want to play music when I want, write a song if I
want or watch a baseball game if I want.
- John Lee Hooker

I write and direct the Duke University Children's Hospital Benefit every year.
- David Friedman

Writing headlines is a specialty - there are outstanding
writers who will tell you they couldn't write a headline to save their lives.
- Bill Walsh

I read and write classical piano and percussion,
also guitar.
- Suzi Quatro

But I do not have the reader in mind when I write.
No true writer does that.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself.
And you have no duty towards anyone else.
- Iris Chang

For a writer, life is always too short to write.
I will just try my best during what remains of my life.
- Cao Yu

Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write,
and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can.
- Walter Jon Williams

I write emotional music.
- Les Baxter

Read a lot.
Write a lot.
Have fun.
- Daniel Pinkwater

I've made this decision not to talk to the press about
anything that's gone on in my life,
but just to write music about it.
They can interpret it themselves.
- Bijou Phillips

In private some critics have come up to me afterwards
and told me they honestly enjoyed the movie.
Then they'd tell me that they're still going to have
to write it up negatively.
- Joe Pantoliano

I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
- Donna Tartt

I never think at all when I write.
Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.
- Horace

We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music.
No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces,
which represent 30% of our musical experience.
- Brian Eno

But if you really love to write and you really love
to tell stories and you really love to draw,
you just have to keep doing it no matter what anybody says.
- William Joyce

The more I do in my life, the more I can write music about new experiences.
- Ken Hill

To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes;
to collect the data in it all my life.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Well, I think that when you direct a movie or write it.
And in the case of the two movies I did,
I wrote and directed, they occupy a special place for you.
- Sean Penn

I generally write a first draft that's pretty lean.
Just get the story down.
- Nora Roberts

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

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play
better than ordinary players at all.
- Al Alvarez

I will write another book if I feel like it.
- James Herriot

I'm actually forced to write about Michigan because
as a native of that state it's the place I know best.
- Jim Harrison

I undertake the same project as Montaigne,
but with an aim contrary to his own:
for he wrote his Essays only for others,
and I write my reveries only for myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I'm working on a new novel, in its 3rd draft,
but it's hard to write while doing 7th Heaven.
- Stephen Collins

Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
- Manuel Puig

I write music just for me.
I'm certainly not good enough to do it on any kind
of a level but I enjoy that time because it's quiet.
- Alex O'Loughlin

I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write,
and I don't know what my influences are.
- Jean M. Auel

I write lustily and humorously.
It isn't calculated; it's the way I think.
I've invented a writing style that expresses who I am.
- Erica Jong


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