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Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his
by Rod Serling

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his
lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
- Rod Serling

It is difficult to produce a television documentary
that is both incisive and probing when every twelve
minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits
singing about toilet paper.
- Rod Serling

There is nothing in the dark that isn't there when the lights are on.
- Rod Serling

It may be said with a degree of assurance that not
everything that meets the eye is as it appears.
- Rod Serling

 

There are weapons that are simply thoughts.
For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.
- Rod Serling

Imagination...
its limits are only those of the mind itself.
- Rod Serling

Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it.
When that happens, a talent becomes a curse.
- Rod Serling

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There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.
It is the middle ground between light and shadow,
between science and superstition.
- Rod Serling

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

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

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

Every book has an intrinsic impossibility,
which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
- Annie Dillard

I always wanted to be a writer.
- Jung Chang

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' -
which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
- Maya Angelou

Given that external reality is a fiction,
the writer's role is almost superfluous.
He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
- J. G. Ballard

I was a writer.
I just wasn't a very good one.
I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who
told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright.
- Liev Schreiber

A writer is, after all, only half his book.
The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.
- P. L. Travers

It's a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.
- Amy Tan

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained.
For those two hours he has been in a different place
with totally different people.
- Roald Dahl

The creations of a great writer are little more than
the moods and passions of his own heart,
given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
- William Butler Yeats

It is one test of a fully developed writer that he
reminds us of no one but himself.
- Melvin Maddocks

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

Nobody can assume that, to a writer,
everything is off-limits.
- Ann Beattie

I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper.
He was not a writer.
Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put
anything more than his signature on paper.
- Leslie Fiedler

All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool.
The reader will like the book to the degree that he
agrees with the writer about what's cool.
- Steven Brust

It's a responsibility of the writer to get the reader
out of the story somehow.
- Michael Ondaatje

A writer's work often reflects what he or she has been exposed to in life;
experiences which are the groundwork of a poem or a story.
- Eyvind Johnson

The other writer who had a very important early influence
on me when I was about 17 was C.S.
Lewis.
- Tanith Lee

And I think one way or another it's evident to those
who work with me that as a writer,
a director, a friend, as somebody's there that's very
anxious to get the movie made.
- Robert Towne

A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day,
and then gets stringy.
- E. B. White

When I was about 14 or 15 I decided to become a writer
and never for a moment since have I wanted to do anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that
a writer had said what he had to say in his works.
- John Updike

Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new,
but I don't know how long he's been doing it;
he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
- Larry Niven

I used to want to be a children's writer,
because I would have all these great ideas when I was little,
and I'd write them and draw them, and turn them into class.
- Jena Malone

You know, Mamet is not a huge writer of female parts.
Most of his movies don't even have women in them,
so I'm lucky I'm in it at all.
- Elle Macpherson

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length
academic studies have been written.
- Manuel Puig

My dad told me that no one could ever make it as a writer,
that my chances were equivalent to winning the lottery -
which was good for me,
because I like to have something to prove.
- Poppy Z. Brite

The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe,
but of his individuality.
This is a very narrow-minded situation.
- Aharon Appelfeld

I'm a fast writer.
- Terry McMillan

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
- Henry James

If an ordinary person is silent, it may be a tactical maneuver.
If a writer is silent, he is lying.
- Jaroslav Seifert

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said,
however inexperienced the writer.
- Robertson Davies

I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere
when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring
themselves to write about it.
A writer has to draw blood.
- Robert Morgan

I love being a writer.
What I can't stand is the paperwork.
- Peter De Vries

I worked for half a cent a word.
I'm not a fast writer to begin with,
so for the first few years I had do other things.
- Jack Vance

I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day,
rather than a sex symbol.
- Steven Seagal

The writer should never be ashamed of staring.
There is nothing that does not require his attention.
- Flannery O'Connor

What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us...
what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?
- Julio Cortazar

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.
- Tracy Kidder

I never really wanted to be an actor.
And that was the beginning of it, I began to write
things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.
- Barry Levinson

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
but if you must, then write.
- J. B. Priestley

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual.
Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them,
that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.
- Frank Black

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this:
marry an English major.
- Stephen Ambrose

You can't be too old to be a writer,
but you can definitely be too young!
- Joanna Trollope

It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass;
but the reader may be sure that it is always there.
- Anthony Trollope

Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor,
or a producer, or a writer, or a director,
or an agent, or...
So everybody understands the hours.
- Julie Benz

So must the writer, whose productions should Take with the vulgar,
be of vulgar mould.
- Edmund Waller

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
- Tom T. Hall

There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer,
not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly.
- John Irving

I am a writer of fragments.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion,
all have to come from the characters.
Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.
- Nora Roberts

I want to be a writer someday.
- Andrea Barber

The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe,
to his or her own point of view.
If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view,
it's impossible to be a creator.
- Manuel Puig

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography -
will always have this incompleteness.
- V. S. Naipaul

I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room
is something no power can easily destroy.
- Salman Rushdie


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