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Cao Yu Quotes and Sayings

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

As society diversifies, the number of people who read
literature is decreasing.
It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.
- Cao Yu

For a writer, life is always too short to write.
I will just try my best during what remains of my life.
- Cao Yu

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 would be more frightened as a writer if people thought
my movies were like science fiction.
- Neil LaBute

This is terrible, when a writer is bored by his own work,
but it was a real bomb and had reached the point where
I couldn't even stand to look at it any more.
- David Eddings

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

A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day,
and then gets stringy.
- E. B. White

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book
and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
- Tom Wolfe

Success comes to a writer as a rule,
so gradually that it is always something of a shock
to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
- P. G. Wodehouse

The writer has to force himself to work.
He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to
his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.
- Roald Dahl

I am a writer who happens to love women.
I am not a lesbian who happens to write.
- Jeanette Winterson

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

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
- Irwin Shaw

I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The writer's duty is to keep on writing.
- William Styron

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

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
- E. M. Forster

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

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

College had little effect on me.
I'd have been the same writer if I'd gone to MIT,
except I'd have flunked out sooner.
- Robert B. Parker

A writer writes.
Period.
No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
- Len Wein

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty,
and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as
a writer enjoys providing one.
- Walter Jon Williams

That is a secondary teacher conception -
the writer as an observer.
- Peter Bichsel

I thought I'd definitely be a writer,
whatever I did.
- Thomas Keneally

And I think one way or another it's evident to those
who work with me that as a writer,
a director, a friend, as somebody's there that's very
anxious to get the movie made.
- Robert Towne

A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or
tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.
- Johann G. Hamann

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write,
but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
- Karl Marx

I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing,
for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
- Edna Ferber

My idea is always to reach my generation.
The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching
in just enough background to ground the specific story.
- Lynn Abbey

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

The other writer who had a very important early influence
on me when I was about 17 was C.S.
Lewis.
- Tanith Lee

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

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

It's a dead give away of an inexperienced writer if
every character speaks with the same voice.
- Colleen McCullough

I would be lying if I said the journalism doesn't reflect
my own choices as a reporter and a writer:
what to say,
what to emphasize, how to say it, what is true or untrue.
- David Simon

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

The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them;
he exhausts the possibilities of his characters.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I
wasn't a better writer or a better singer.
- Patti Smith

If an ordinary person is silent, it may be a tactical maneuver.
If a writer is silent, he is lying.
- Jaroslav Seifert

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes,
in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer
to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
- Winston Churchill

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

A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.
- Tracy Kidder

The writer studies literature, not the world.
He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
- Annie Dillard

I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.
- Bill Griffith

I suspect that writer's block afflicts mainly people
who have some stable and ample source of income outside of writing.
So far it hasn't been a problem.
- Fred Saberhagen

This was something that was obsessing me and creating a writer's block.
To get involved and get stuck in, get the proper information
about what's going on has really helped.
- Thom Yorke

TV writing is different than other mediums,
involving the writer.
- Tom Skerritt

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

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

And I'm a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day.
That's the reason it took me 20 years to write those
million and a half words of the Civil War.
- Shelby Foote

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

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 head writer loves that my character is a boor.
- Rob Corddry

It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass;
but the reader may be sure that it is always there.
- Anthony Trollope

You become a writer because you need to become a writer -
nothing else.
- Grace Paley

The writer is the person who stands outside society,
independent of affiliation and independent of influence.
- Don DeLillo

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

I always serve the writer first because I'm English trained,
even though I'm American.
- Robert Englund

Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment.
Everyone in his time admired him but I think right
now he's not spoken of enough.
- Anne Rice

You know, as a writer, I'm more of a listener than a writer,
cuz if I hear something I will write it down.
- Jimmy Buffett


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