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A writer is a spectator, looking at everything ...
by Bernard Malamud

A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.
- Bernard Malamud

If you ever forget you're a Jew, a Gentile will remind you.
- Bernard Malamud

Life is a tragedy full of joy.
- Bernard Malamud

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
- Bernard Malamud

 

We have two lives the one we learn with and the life we live after that.
- Bernard Malamud

I work with language.
I love the flowers of afterthought.
- Bernard Malamud

Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
- Bernard Malamud

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The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.
- Bernard Malamud

Those who write about life, reflect about life.
you see in others who you are.
- Bernard Malamud

There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go -
if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.
- Bernard Malamud

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

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

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

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

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

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
- Marianne Moore

If a lecturer, he wishes to be heard;
if a writer,
to be read.
He always hopes for a public beyond that of the long-suffering wife.
- Samuel E. Morison

So I had a ghostwriter, they call them,
or somebody who is an experienced writer,
to help.
I've got the ideas in my head, it's getting them properly on paper.
- Bruce Boxleitner

Any writer worth the name is always getting into one
thing or getting out of another thing.
- Fannie Hurst

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

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

In that sense, film is superior, but the difficulty
is your lack of control as a writer.
- Terry Southern

I am an artist and have no right buggering about with
verbs and split infinitives,
which is what being a writer says to me.
- Ralph Steadman

It is impossible to read for pleasure from something
to which you are both father and mother,
born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him.
- Jim Bishop

Providing a writer isn't put off by conventions -
and some are -
attending them can be a nice break from the necessary isolation of writing.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

You're in the business - when you're a writer,
producer, director - to get ratings.
- Norman Lear

When a writer knows home in his heart,
his heart must remain subtly apart from it.
- Willie Morris

Nothing would make me happier if Peter Falk would finally win his Oscar for this.
Not just as the writer but as a fan and a friend.
It would be so great.
- Paul Reiser

It's essential not to have an ideology,
not to be a member of a political party.
While the writer can have certain political views,
he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
- Manuel Puig

I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work.
- Harold Ramis

The process hasn't changed, but the writer has developed.
I still get up every morning and go to work.
- Mordecai Richler

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

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

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

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

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

I've hung out in the writer's room a few times,
but the fact is we've got such a good writing staff,
I don't want to get my peanut butter fingerprints on anything.
- Patton Oswalt

I think male roles are generally much better written.
So for actresses, we're always dealing with trying
to inject a role with more truth than the writer possibly had in mind.
- Judy Davis

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

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion;
it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or
romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn

I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
- Christian Bale

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true
friend and a good writer.
- E. B. White

I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew
exactly what being a writer entailed.
- Dan Simmons

That, for me, is a very important test of a young writer's
commitment because most of them are going to have to
continue doing that when they've finished the program.
- Tobias Wolff

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

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

Sean's a great, great writer.
- Robin Wright Penn

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

It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes.
I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics
is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
- Christopher Hampton

The First Amendment has the same role in my life as
a citizen and a writer as the sun has in our ecosystem.
- Michael Chabon

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

If technique is of no interest to a writer,
I doubt that the writer is an artist.
- Marianne Moore

I view myself primarily as a trial lawyer who happens to be writing,
as opposed to a writer who happens to be a trial lawyer,
so the audience is like a jury to me.
- Vincent Bugliosi

The profession of the writer has its thorns about which
the reader does not dream.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

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

I was too heavy to be a jockey and too honest to be a producer,
so I became a writer.
- Leon Uris

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

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

I wanted to use what I was, to be what I was born to be -
not to have a 'career',
but to be that straightforward obvious unmistakable animal,
a writer.
- Cynthia Ozick

Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and
he sat in on so many story conferences.
He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
- Vincente Minnelli

A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

I'll never be a good writer, and no chance of being a good actor.
- Matthew Vaughn

I wear a lot of different hats - from writer to producer and artist.
We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our
own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.
- William Bell

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

The same tools that make any writer good,
plus a cheerful willingness to suspend belief.
- Fred Saberhagen

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

Disney was not a good animator, he didn't draw well at all,
but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
- Chuck Jones

I'm 82 years old, wherever I go everybody knows me,
but here's why...
I'm a merchandiser, I'm not just a writer,
I stay in every avenue you can think of.
- Mickey Spillane


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