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The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe,
by Aharon Appelfeld

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

People who lose their parents when young are permanently in love with them.
- Aharon Appelfeld

The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives,
but it also has become a metaphor for our century.
There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it.
Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him.
- Aharon Appelfeld

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

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

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I quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

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

The writer wants to be understood much more than he
wants to be respected or praised or even loved.
And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
- Leo Rosten

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

Artie is a singer, and I'm a writer and player and a singer.
We didn't work together on a creative level and prepare the songs.
I did that.
- Paul Simon

I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff.
I think of myself as a writer.
- Sam Shepard

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench
down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility
of the writer in all ages of man.
- Nelson Algren

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
- Irwin Shaw

More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my
life as a writer is rewriting.
I wouldn't say I have a talent that's special.
It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.
- John Irving

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece,
but he cannot of course create it.
- Karl Marx

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer.
A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay,
but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
- Ernest Hemingway

I am a writer who came of a sheltered life.
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.
For all serious daring starts from within.
- Eudora Welty

Writer's block is the greatest side effect of boredom.
- Jason Zebehazy

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book,
but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
- William Golding

For a writer, its very attractive to stay in one world for a time.
- Terry Brooks

They've got this house style which is writer driven.
I heard of one person who sent his script in,
and Karen Berger said there weren't enough words in it.
Put some more in.
- Eddie Campbell

The writer of originality, unless dead,
is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
- Simone de Beauvoir

I'm a fast writer.
- Terry McMillan

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

For what I wrote that started this whole controversy,
I deserved to be criticized, and I felt bad about writing it.
I felt bad mainly as a writer and a thinker.
- Gregg Easterbrook

Then I read Little Women, and of course,
like a lot of really young girls, I was very taken with Jo -
Jo being the writer and the misfit.
- Patti Smith

The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion,
the emotion that can wholly become a thought.
- Thomas Mann

I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this,
then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

There's a feminist writer, Naomi Wolfe,
who is reconsidering her position on abortion.
- Norma McCorvey

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped?
I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.
- Peter Bichsel

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

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

It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing,
cynical writer.
I've never known what to make of that.
- Ann Beattie

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

Understand, I had absolutely no interest in writing;
I wanted to be a Writer.
- Kate DiCamillo

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

Depending on what I'm working on, I come to the writing
desk with entirely different mindsets.
When I change form one to the other,
it's as if another writer is on the scene.
- Evan Hunter

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

I wanted to be a director and producer and writer,
but in the early '40's the union wouldn't let you get through the gates.
You couldn't get on a crew, or even learn to direct.
- Larry Buchanan

I just have a thing for writers.
Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
- Patricia Clarkson

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

I used to object to being called an Indian writer,
and would always say I was a writer who happened to be an Indian,
and who happened to write about Indians.
- James Welch

Of course it's why you want to become a writer -
because you have the liberty to do that,
but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.
- Tobias Wolff

My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive
producing credit on this film.
We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
- Taylor Hackford

When you're in the States and you're a writer and you've
got money and you walk into a bank,
you're a bum with money.
- Norman Spinrad

I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.
- Carl Sandburg

When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly,
then you've got a good writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue.
You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure
of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard

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

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

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

I don't believe in kicking away ladders.
By that, I mean the ladders by which I ascended as a young writer,
small magazines that didn't pay anything,
and that sort of thing.
- George Woodcock

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

A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying,
Tell the truth.
Reveal a few secrets here.
- Quentin Tarantino

It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.
- Margaret Anderson

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

I don't call myself a writer.
- Bruce Boxleitner

I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write,
and I don't know what my influences are.
- Jean M. Auel

Men like women who write.
Even though they don't say so.
A writer is a foreign country.
- Marguerite Duras

I do not know that any writer has supposed that on
this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
- Thomas Malthus

I mean, the problem is, I think I'm a great writer.
- Aaron Eckhart

I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer
for about 6 years before I sold my first story.
- Sidney Sheldon

I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block;
the problem is idea block.
- Jeffery Deaver

When I look back at it, I'm mostly amazed at how poorly it was shot.
David Kelley is a great writer, and I thought the scripts were great,
but it just looks so cheap.
- Peter Berg

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


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