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Writers will happen in the best of families. ...
by Rita Mae Brown

Writers will happen in the best of families.
- Rita Mae Brown

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein PHOTO

Good judgment comes from experience,
and often experience comes from bad judgment.
- Rita Mae Brown

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda,
and entertainment without moral passion is television.
- Rita Mae Brown

 

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
- Rita Mae Brown

Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.
- Rita Mae Brown

About all you can do in life is be who you are.
Some people will love you for you.
Most will love you for what you can do for them,
and some won't like you at all.
- Rita Mae Brown

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As a woman, I find it very embarrassing to be in a
meeting and realize I'm the only one in the room with balls.
- Rita Mae Brown

I believe the true function of age is memory.
I'm recording as fast as I can.
- Rita Mae Brown

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
- Rita Mae Brown

Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous.
I'll go a step further.
You must be bisexual.
- Rita Mae Brown

Don't ask to live in tranquil times.
Literature doesn't grow there.
- Rita Mae Brown

Women who love women are Lesbians.
Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms,
define Lesbian as sex between women.
- Rita Mae Brown

The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.
- Rita Mae Brown

To love without role, without power plays,
is revolution.
- Rita Mae Brown

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
- Rita Mae Brown

A deadline is negative inspiration.
Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.
- Rita Mae Brown

Education is a wonderful thing.
If you couldn't sign your name you'd have to pay cash.
- Rita Mae Brown

Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being.
- Rita Mae Brown

Pornography exists for the lonesome,
the ugly,
the fearful - it's made for the losers.
- Rita Mae Brown

A peacefulness follows any decision,
even the wrong one.
- Rita Mae Brown

Art is moral passion married to entertainment.
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda,
and entertainment without moral passion is television.
- Rita Mae Brown

Morals are private.
Decency is public.
- Rita Mae Brown

Leroy bet me I couldn't find a pot of gold at the end,
and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.
- Rita Mae Brown

Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.
- Rita Mae Brown

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
- Rita Mae Brown

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
- Rita Mae Brown

Creativity comes from trust.
Trust your instincts.
And never hope more than you work.
- Rita Mae Brown

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every
four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.
Think of your three best friends.
If they're okay, then it's you.
- Rita Mae Brown

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.
- Rita Mae Brown

You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
- Rita Mae Brown

I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons,
and shoot the bull.
- Rita Mae Brown

Every action is either strong or weak,
and when every action is strong we are successful.
- Rita Mae Brown

You sell a screenplay like you sell a car.
If someone drives it off a cliff, that's it.
- Rita Mae Brown

I became a lesbian because of women,
because women are beautiful,
strong, and compassionate.
- Rita Mae Brown

Humor comes from self-confidence.
- Rita Mae Brown

A life of reaction is a life of slavery,
intellectually and spiritually.
One must fight for a life of action,
not reaction.
- Rita Mae Brown

I believe you are your work.
Don't trade the stuff of your life, time,
for nothing more than dollars.
That's a rotten bargain.
- Rita Mae Brown

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.
- Rita Mae Brown

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

The only people who have the long view are some scientists
and some science fiction writers.
- Sheri S. Tepper

Ironically, Latin American countries,
in their instability, give writers and intellectuals
the hope that they are needed.
- Manuel Puig

I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro.
Again, if you were to ask me about male writers,
there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works.
- Ann Beattie

The first writers are first and the rest,
in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.
- Carl Van Doren

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte
who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience
and unlimited imagination.
- James A. Michener

I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators.
- Ian Hunter

The prophets and the writers of the Psalms were clear
that God was continuing to work in the universe and in all history.
They declared that He had created the universe.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

I was very pleased, obviously, to have outsold such great writers.
But I'm not insane - I do realize that I am a popular
writer who people buy to take on vacation.
- Maeve Binchy

Writers are not meant for action.
- Manuel Puig

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government.
That is why no regime has ever loved great writers,
only minor ones.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

All that writers can do is keep trying to say what
is deepest in their hearts.
- Lloyd Alexander

How some of the writers I come across get through their
books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
- William Gaddis

You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List
and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that
list don't know each other very well.
- Anne Rice

I get so used to working with writers that my prime
occupation is development.
- Ridley Scott

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be
in the forced contemplation of their own works.
- John Dos Passos

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good
at making outlines and sticking to them.
I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it.
It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.
- Neil Gaiman

Writers and politicians are natural rivals.
Both groups try to make the world in their own images;
they fight for the same territory.
- Salman Rushdie

I think the special thing about Python is that it's a writers' commune.
The writers are in charge.
The writers decide what the material is.
- Eric Idle

And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write.
And they care.
- Russell Banks

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe,
polite, obedient, and sterile.
- Sinclair Lewis

This homage has been rendered not to me -
for the Polish soil is fertile and does not lack better writers than me -
but to the Polish achievement,
the Polish genius.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good
reviews and remember one bad one.
- Irwin Shaw

Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker


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