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Writing is like walking in a deserted street.
by John le Carre

Writing is like walking in a deserted street.
Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.
- John le Carre

Love is whatever you can still betray.
Betrayal can only happen if you love.
- John le Carre

If there is one eternal truth of politics,
it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.
- John le Carre

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing
your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
- John le Carre

 

You should have died when I killed you.
- John le Carre

Fools, most linguists.
Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another
and say damn all in that.
- John le Carre

A committee is an animal with four back legs.
- John le Carre

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A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.
- John le Carre

History keeps her secrets longer than most of us.
But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight
in the greatest confidence.
Sometimes there are no winners at all.
And sometimes nobody needs to lose.
- John le Carre

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away,
neither are they ever wholly monstrous.
But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane
of detachment regarding our parents,
however wise and old we may become.
To pretend otherwise is to cheat.
- John le Carre

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

What I said about John was that he liberated me from
my anxieties about writing in a correct,
acceptable way.
- Harry Mathews

And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking
trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.
- F. L. Lucas

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
- Thomas Carlyle

As an economics undergraduate, I also worked on a part-time basis in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, for a company that was advising customers
about portfolio decisions,
writing reports.
- Merton Miller

Whether it's string writing or whatever,
I try to write for what each instrumentalist can do best.
- Chuck Mangione

Writing is like prostitution.
First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends,
and then for money.
- Moliere

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing,
Literary and Dramatic.
- Shelley Berman

But the idea of a man making his living by writing seemed,
in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today
I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality.
- Robert E. Howard

I am not a total, complete nitwit when it comes to selling books.
I promise you there will be unexpected things.
Some of them I don't know yet.
She's writing it all herself.
- Mary Matalin

I tend to have an odd split in my mind:
I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing
thing is OK and I'm happy with it,
then I put on my actor's hat.
- John Cleese

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
- Margaret Mahy

The point of writing my name to you is that I see who you are,
you see who I am...
and that's what it's about.
- Nana Visitor

When I began, the guitar was en-closed in a vicious circle.
There were no composers writing for the guitar,
be-cause there were no virtuoso guitarists.
- Andres Segovia

Yoga introduced me to a style of meditation.
The only meditation I would have done before would
be in the writing of songs.
- Sting

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they
are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A great many people now reading and writing would be
better employed keeping rabbits.
- Edith Sitwell

We still play Foreigner songs.
I play the songs that I was involved in writing.
- Lou Gramm

If you write a story based on a real person,
you're trapped by the details of the real person and his life.
It gets in the way of writing your own story.
- Caroline B. Cooney

All I'm writing is just what I feel,
that's all.
I just keep it almost naked.
And probably the words are so bland.
- Jimi Hendrix

I'm not one for walking the beaches humming a melody.
I love the discipline of sitting in the studio,
writing and listening.
That is my domain.
- Enya

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it,
I don't feel I should be doing something else.
- Gloria Steinem

While you're writing, you can't concentrate nearly
as well on what the speaker is saying.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Fiction writing is great.
You can make up almost anything.
- Ivana Trump

I am writing a sequel to The Touch because I want to
further explore the Chinese question that I have raised.
There will be more about that in a sequel.
- Colleen McCullough

I think in any writing you're paying attention to detail.
- Peter Matthiessen

Writing is an incredibly lonely job.
- R. A. Salvatore

The Fat Mattress consisted of people I'd played with
before joining the 'Experience and it was put together
as a song writing situation.
- Noel Redding

I have four shelves covered with journals that I've written.
Dad and I are writing songs together.
I've probably written 100 songs.
- Miley Cyrus

If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem,
it's going to be average.
- Derek Walcott

Well, I just wanted to be a person.
I just wanted them to keep writing me as humanistic as possible.
- Fisher Stevens

I am a drinker with writing problems.
- Brendan Behan

I'm writing a book and working on my one-woman show,
Learning To Be Human.
- Shirley Knight

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in
a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
- Richard Harding Davis

Writing of that caliber spoils you for any other kind of writing for awhile.
But that's probably good.
- Mercedes Ruehl

Well, I think writing is basically about time and rhythm.
Like with jazz.
You have your basic melody and then you just riff off of it.
And the riffs are about timing.
- Kathy Acker

Writing is no dying art form in America because most
published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity
of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
- Elizabeth George

And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
- Augusten Burroughs

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and
started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler

Because good writing in a TV cartoon is so rare,
I think the animation on The Simpsons is often overlooked.
- Matt Groening

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person,
only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
- Rebecca West

I hate writing.
- Al Alvarez

My relationship with Music Row has always been,
from my end, optimistic and hopeful that there is more
than one way to approach the writing,
recording, and marketing of an album.
- Deana Carter

I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it.
Mostly because novels and films are so different,
and I'm such an internal novelist.
- Alice Hoffman

There is both a skill factor and an effort factor in dream recall.
People can develop dream recall skills,
such as lying still in the morning and writing down whatever comes to mind.
- Henry Reed

We do very little re-writing in the office.
We often take on people who show great promise and
who we hope will develop into somebody important and someone good.
- James Laughlin

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

Cursive writing does not mean what I think it does.
- Nancy Cartwright


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