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I was a writer.
by Liev Schreiber

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

If I'm doing my job as an actor, the audience knows
everything I know about the character.
- Liev Schreiber

I manage to hide in my movies.
- Liev Schreiber

I really don't think there is anybody in the business
with better eyes than Elijah Wood.
- Liev Schreiber

 

You should never ask actors about politics.
- Liev Schreiber

As soon as you know what you're doing,
you're doing it wrong.
- Liev Schreiber

I live with an 18-month-old Jack Russell named Chicken.
He moved in about 15 months ago, and it was very hard
at first because I work a lot and he doesn't.
- Liev Schreiber

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Style, no matter how outrageous it is,
is still an expression of someone's personality.
And my personality is somewhere stuck in the classics.
- Liev Schreiber

You can think about your career or you can think about your job.
I like to think about my job.
- Liev Schreiber

My publicist told me not to talk about politics but,
yes, I think we have a president who stole the election.
- Liev Schreiber

If you fall in love with somebody you're working with,
fine, but wait till your project is over.
- Liev Schreiber

Some actors need to be rattled and some need to be focused.
- Liev Schreiber

I didn't think that a career in theater was very realistic
so I thought the only thing I could make money doing
and still be somewhat artistic was,
god help me, advertising.
- Liev Schreiber

It's good to overexpose yourself with work.
But don't expose yourself too much with the press.
- Liev Schreiber

There's the private persona and the public persona
and the two shall never meet.
- Liev Schreiber

Hamlet is a remarkably easy role.
Physically it's hard because it tends to be about three
hours long and you're talking the whole time.
But it's a simple role and it adapts itself very well,
because the thing about Hamlet is, we all are Hamlet.
- Liev Schreiber

Everyone assumes that novelists are smarter and more interesting.
They're generally smarter and more interesting,
but they're often very short.
So it kind of cancels all the smart and interesting stuff out.
- Liev Schreiber

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

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

The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that
the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and that no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

I'm not going to get into the writer's skills or what
he was trying to portray because that's not fair.
I can only say what I felt was trying to be portrayed there.
- Taylor Dane

A writer should get as much education as possible,
but just going to school is not enough;
if it were,
all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Life and people are complex.
A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician.
We don't see the world that simply.
- Joyce Carol Oates

People are always saying that I must have been the class clown,
with all these voices.
No, I was way too shy to be the class clown;
I was a class clown's writer.
- Tom Kenny

I did that for 40 years or more.
I never had any writer's block.
I got up in the morning, sat down at the typewriter -
now,
computer - lit up a cigarette.
- Frederik Pohl

I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter,
because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- Colleen McCullough

Well, in features, and in writing especially,
it's often the style of the writer comes in.
- Kurt Loder

If I'd had more time or been a better writer,
I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel.
But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web.
- Philip Greenspun

I think it's a short story writer's duty,
as well as writing well about emotions and characters,
to write story.
- Eric Brown

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
He's unique.
He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
- Harold Pinter

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

I had never really thought of myself as a writer;
any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
- Len Wein

The first job of a writer is to be honest.
- Irvine Welsh

I always serve the writer first because I'm English trained,
even though I'm American.
- Robert Englund

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
But why? Why do you choose one set of tools rather than another?
- James D. Houston

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience
of the people who produced him.
- James Baldwin

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure.
Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
- Joseph Joubert

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

Paper and ink are all but trash, if I cannot find the
thought which the writer did think.
- Walter Smith

I'm a writer first and a woman after.
- Katherine Mansfield

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
- Richard Bach

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly
the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern
subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The writer who can't do his job looks to his editor to do it for him,
though he won't dream of sharing his royalties with that editor.
- Alfred A. Knopf

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse
than maybe it actually was.
- Amy Tan

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

Rarely ever see or meet the writer during shooting.
- Tom Skerritt

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer.
It's an aphrodisiac.
- Saul Bellow

I write because I write - as anyone in the arts does.
You're a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint.
You're a writer because this is what you do.
- Richard Price

Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir,
I really want it to be true.
- Augusten Burroughs

Every writer is a writer of the generation before.
- Wilfrid Sheed

I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- Neil Gaiman

If you wish to be a writer, write.
- Epictetus

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

As a professional writer of detective stories,
I string along with the ballplayers.
I love a ball game.
- Rex Stout

When writing isn't going well-then the bad thing about
being a writer is that I also have the freedom and
flexibility to do something badly,
and no one else can fix it for me.
- Margaret Haddix

I don't think of myself as a director or writer.
I think of myself as a filmmaker.
- Conrad Hall

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

There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than
a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
- William Gaddis

For a writer only one form of patriotism exists:
his attitude toward language.
- Joseph Brodsky

One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to
make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that
you're not aware there was a writer there.
- Stephen Sondheim

I feel like the writer observing the grief,
but it is difficult to be detached from it.
- Hugh Leonard

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming
a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
- Neil Gaiman

I became paralyzed as an artist with writer's block.
- David Guterson

When a writer talks about his work, he's talking about a love affair.
- Alfred Kazin

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist
might training for an orchestra.
- Anne Rice

I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting
kind of writer when you give me a pen.
- J. M. Synge

Here I am, where I ought to be.
A writer must have a place where he or she feels this,
a place to love and be irritated with.
- Louise Erdrich


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