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Aharon Appelfeld Quotes and Sayings

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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

 

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

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

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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

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

There's one good kind of writer - a dead one.
- James T. Farrell

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

The writer's greed is appalling.
He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody,
in another sense, and at the same time,
he needs no one at all.
- James A. Baldwin

Occasionally a student writer comes up with something
really beautiful and moving,
and you won't know for years if it was an accident
or the first burst of something wonderful.
- Howard Nemerov

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

Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird
Tales and who had a wild imagination.
He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful.
- Jack Vance

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

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult
than it is for other people.
- Thomas Mann

A good writer is basically a story teller,
not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
He's unique.
He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
- Harold Pinter

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist
might training for an orchestra.
- Anne Rice

Life and people are complex.
A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician.
We don't see the world that simply.
- Joyce Carol Oates

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.
- Irwin Shaw

I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing
his writing as an anthropologist.
- Clifford Geertz

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

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

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

If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information.
Language or writing is a code.
- Clifford Geertz

I'm an escapist kind of writer.
- Maeve Binchy

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
- Joseph Heller

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
- Tom T. Hall

The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly
the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern
subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects.
- Lafcadio Hearn

I was a writer.
I just wasn't a very good one.
I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who
told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright.
- Liev Schreiber

There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer,
not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly.
- John Irving

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

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right.
It speaks the writer's will to live.
- Don DeLillo

In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard:
they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like,
but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.
- W. H. Auden

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

I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves
to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery
of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

I'm very happy with the way I write.
I think I do it good.
But I've never really considered myself a writer.
- Quentin Tarantino

I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter.
But after college...
I did other things.
- Jackie Kennedy

I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I've basically thought of myself as a writer,
whether I was or not.
- Bob Schieffer

How do I tell people who I am? Not being a writer,
the only way is to sing songs that reflect my opinions.
- Cass Elliot

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

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

The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.
- Robert Frost

It's okay to be a bad writer if you have something to say.
- Bill Stott

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

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

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration,
and feign innocence vis a vis language,
because language is never innocent.
- Juan Goytisolo

I worked for half a cent a word.
I'm not a fast writer to begin with,
so for the first few years I had do other things.
- Jack Vance

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

As a very experienced writer once told me,
'It's in the rewrites'.
- Tom Skerritt

The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe,
to his or her own point of view.
If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view,
it's impossible to be a creator.
- Manuel Puig

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

To be a dramatic writer takes hard work,
talent, and discipline.
And that's why I just make up crap.
- Colin Mochrie

As a writer, one is busy with archaeology.
- Michael Ondaatje

Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer,
that's all I am.
- Mickey Spillane

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
- Leo Rosten

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself.
It is also his most difficult task.
- Robertson Davies

I came to the conclusion that I am not a fiction writer.
- Tim LaHaye

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

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

Next to the writer of real estate advertisements,
the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists.
- Donal Henahan

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

Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new,
but I don't know how long he's been doing it;
he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
- Larry Niven

For a writer, published works are like fallen flowers,
but the expected new work is like a calyx waiting to blossom.
- Cao Yu

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

When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic.
I say writer.
- Leslie Fiedler


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