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Every writer I know has trouble writing. ...
by Joseph Heller

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
- Joseph Heller

I don't believe in miracles because it's been a long
time since we've had any.
- Joseph Heller

Rise above principle and do what's right.
- Joseph Heller

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity,
and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- Joseph Heller

 

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of
war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
- Joseph Heller

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
- Joseph Heller

I had examined myself pretty thoroughly and discovered
that I was unfit for military service.
- Joseph Heller

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Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way.
When it isn't, don't call it destiny;
call it injustice,
treachery, or simple bad luck.
- Joseph Heller

I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones,
because without them, I might have nothing all night long.
- Joseph Heller

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
- Joseph Heller

We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations,
give or take a dentist.
- Joseph Heller

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.
- Joseph Heller

I think in every country that there is at least one
executive who is scared of going crazy.
- Joseph Heller

I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether
and leave the whole field to private individuals.
- Joseph Heller

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity,
and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- Joseph Heller

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.
- Joseph Heller

He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt.
- Joseph Heller

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed,
no matter which side he's on.
- Joseph Heller

Hungry Joe collected lists of fatal diseases and arranged
them in alphabetical order so that he could put his
finger without delay on any one he wanted to worry about.
- Joseph Heller

When I read something saying I've not done anything
as good as "Catch-22" I'm tempted to reply,
"Who has?"
- Joseph Heller

But that was war.
Just about all he could find in its favor was that
it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious
influence of their parents.
- Joseph Heller

Lots of people who complained about us receiving the
MBE received theirs for heroism in the war -
for killing people.
We received ours for entertaining other people.
I'd say we deserve ours more.
- Joseph Heller

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22.
Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't,
but if he was sane he had to fly them.
If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to;
but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
- Joseph Heller

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

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

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

Listen to advice.
You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught
at where at least half the audience fights all the
conventions of the field.
- Jane Haddam

If I really considered myself a writer,
I wouldn't be writing screenplays.
I'd be writing novels.
- Quentin Tarantino

For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is
less important than emotional sincerity.
- George Orwell

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical
cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
- Irwin Shaw

There's a challenge to playing these fantasy figures
because they are fantasy figures.
You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.
- Ralph Fiennes

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus.
Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement.
To act, an actor has to have words.
A stage.
a camera turning.
- Paul Muni

As a male writer, women are always what men pursue,
and their world is always a mystery.
So I always tried to present as many views as possible on women's worlds.
- Gao Xingjian

I just don't see myself as a travel writer.
I can't.
I don't.
- Robyn Davidson

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

In America, the race goes to the loud,
the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
- Gore Vidal

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
- Robert Frost

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that
this is not an area that I find easy.
I doubt that I would have the patience in front of
a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter

One truth is the swing of the sentence,
the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity
of the writer as he matches with the language.
- Don DeLillo

Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been
able to sit in a room every day,
year after year, alone.
- Susan Sontag

Until you understand a writer's ignorance,
presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As long as a film stays unmade, the book is entirely yours,
it belongs to the writer.
As soon as you make it into a film, suddenly more people
see it than have ever read the book.
- Iain Banks

I became a writer in spite of my environments.
- Robert E. Howard

You know you lose a lot of social skills if you're a writer.
You spend too long alone.
And its forced me to address that.
- Anthony Minghella

God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names.
- Dennis Potter

No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament,
except to think him overdoing everything.
- Zane Grey

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

That writer does the most who gives his reader the
most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I always wanted to be a writer.
- Jung Chang

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
- Susan Sontag

As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell
themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

It's this simple law, which every writer knows,
of taking two opposites and putting them in a room together.
I love anything with Cartman and Butters at the same time,
it's great.
- Trey Parker

If you're a singer you lose your voice.
A baseball player loses his arm.
A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good,
the older he gets, the better he writes.
- Mickey Spillane

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.
- Joseph Stalin

Blanche is written with a terrible authority,
the authority that comes from artistic necessity when
the writer is compelled to write by his demon,
rather than by his agent or promoter.
- Paul Bailey

In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on.
A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book.
I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
- Pearl S. Buck

I think it takes about a million words to make a writer.
I mean that you're going to throw away.
- Jerry Pournelle

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

I want to be a writer someday.
- Andrea Barber

I'm a writer and this is what I love to do.
- Gloria Estefan

Although I write screenplays, I don't think I'm a very good writer.
- George Lucas

Going off the road just leaves me more time to be a writer.
- Janis Ian

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

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

My assignment is what every writer's assignment is:
tell the truth of his own time.
- Leslie Fiedler

I've never seen myself as a fantasy writer -
ever.
- Jonathan Carroll

Poe is the only impeccable writer.
He was never mistaken.
- Paul Valery

I think plays, like books, are endemic.
They grow out of the soil of the writer and the place he's writing about.
I think, you just can't move them about,
you know.
- Peter Shaffer

I decided I would go to Chicago and try my luck as
a writer after those eight months as a fireman.
- Carl Sandburg


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