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We all write poems; it is simply that poets are ...
by John Fowles

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

Related topics: Poetry

There are only two races on this planet -
the intelligent and the stupid.
- John Fowles

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones,
they seem to move through me.
- John Fowles

There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum.
At that time you must accept yourself.
It is not anymore what you will become.
It is what you are and always will be.
- John Fowles

 

I don't think the English like me.
I sold a colossal best seller in America,
and they never really forgave me.
- John Fowles

Men love war because it allows them to look serious.
Because it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them.
- John Fowles

Most marriages recognize this paradox:
Passion destroys passion;
we want what puts an end to wanting what we want.
- John Fowles

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An answer is always a form of death.
- John Fowles

The most important questions in life can never be answered
by anyone except oneself.
- John Fowles

That is the great distinction between the sexes.
Men see objects, women see the relationships between objects.
- John Fowles

In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end
of one of civilization's hardest winters.
- John Fowles

Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man.
- John Fowles

Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.
- John Fowles

The supposed great misery of our century is the lack of time.
- John Fowles

There are many reasons why novelists write,
but they all have one thing in common -
a need to create an alternative world.
- John Fowles

Our accepting what we are must always inhibit our being what we ought to be.
- John Fowles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm not too fond of the hard work and the constant
battle with self-doubt that goes on when I write,
but I figure that's part of the territory.
- Robert Sheckley

Well, writing was what I wanted to do,
it was always what I wanted to do.
I had novels to write so I wrote them.
- Octavia Butler

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
- Lord Byron

I write in the morning, I walk in the afternoon and I read in the evening.
It's a very easy, lovely life.
- Margaret Forster

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading,
I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks

I can't read, I don't know how to write,
my whole life has been one big fight.
- Albert King

I am not a prisoner of my sexuality like men younger
than myself although I write about being a prisoner.
- Al Goldstein

I still think like a critic, and I still analyze films like a critic.
However, it's not possible to write criticism if you're making films.
- Paul Schrader

I need to write to be happy.
- Nora Roberts

Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.
- Anthony Trollope

To try to write love is to confront the muck of language:
that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little,
excessive and impoverished.
- Roland Barthes

There's a story everywhere.
Being bored to death someplace is basically a funny proposition.
What you have to watch out for is you don't write a
boring story about a boring place.
- Tim Cahill

What I want to write about has changed somewhat,
and the scope of the storytelling has changed accordingly.
- Terry Brooks

It seems to me that you would have to write a novel on a very small,
intimate scale for it not to become political.
- Jonathan Coe

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

We'd have made more, but I kept forgetting to write songs down.
- Chris Lowe

I try and write honestly about what I see around me now.
- Billy Bragg

What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.
- Brendan Francis

I keep one simple rule that I only move in one direction -
I write the book straight through from beginning to end.
By following time's arrow, I keep myself sane.
- Jonathan Lethem

But usually I'll wake up and start writing about nine o'clock.
I'll probably write for about three hours,
and I'll do that over the next month and a half.
- Stanley Tucci

Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired
by being mad at something.
- Amy Clampitt

We played some gigs in Switzerland a couple of weeks
ago and it was the first time I really felt the group
was really a band in the sense of something I could write for.
- Fred Frith

You write a hit the same way you write a flop.
- Alan Jay Lerner

I just don't write musically, but lyrically,
yeah I write.
- Tom Araya

The reporter claimed he was going to write the article from my point of view.
Instead, he made me sound like a little idiot.
It made me never want to do another interview again.
- Tia Carrere

It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write.
Let them think you were born that way.
- Ernest Hemingway

I decided to write category romance as I'd recently discovered them,
and enjoyed them.
- Nora Roberts

I like to be alone so I can write.
But focus can hurt you.
I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
- James Ellroy

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
- Meister Eckhart

We all now tell stories by cutting from one dramatic scene to the next,
whereas Victorian novelists felt free to write long
passages of undramatic summary.
- Ken Follett

If I were to write Web now, it would be a much,
much darker book.
- John M. Ford


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