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David Simon Quotes and Sayings

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What writer wants to make compromises with story? Story
is the only reason you're in it.
- David Simon

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

One of the sad things about contemporary journalism
is that it actually matters very little.
The world now is almost inured to the power of journalism.
The best journalism would manage to outrage people.
And people are less and less inclined to outrage.
- David Simon

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

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

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

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Every writer has to figure out what works best -
and often has to select and discard different tools
before they find the one that fits.
- Nora Roberts

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

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse
than maybe it actually was.
- Amy Tan

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

I always wanted to be a writer.
- Jung Chang

When you're a writer you no longer see things with
the freshness of the normal person.
There are always two figures that work inside you.
- Brian Moore

As a writer, you get to play, you get alter time,
you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever
comebacks you wish you'd thought of.
- Iain Banks

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

The Onion Field made a real writer.
And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
- Joseph Wambaugh

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

I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing.
However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be,
from the time I was a child.
- Margaret Mahy

I grew up wanting to be a writer for theatre.
- Christopher Durang

I've got America's best writer for $300 a week.
- Jack L. Warner

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell,
an American writer whose work I admire very much.
- Donna Tartt

I had always wanted to be a writer who confused genre
boundaries and who was read in multiple contexts.
- Jonathan Lethem

Given that external reality is a fiction,
the writer's role is almost superfluous.
He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
- J. G. Ballard

The process hasn't changed, but the writer has developed.
I still get up every morning and go to work.
- Mordecai Richler

One of my rules is never explain.
A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how
the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting
kind of writer when you give me a pen.
- J. M. Synge

By the time I would have graduated, at 22,
I was a writer and featured performer on Saturday Night Live.
- Sarah Silverman

No writer of a portion of the Bible was perfect.
It was the direct and miraculous operation of the Holy
Spirit that what they wrote is without mistake.
- Walter Lang

I've been a writer for 42 years and,
yes,
it is a full time job for me.
Not a hobby, but serious work.
- Donald McKay

Here I am, where I ought to be.
A writer must have a place where he or she feels this,
a place to love and be irritated with.
- Louise Erdrich

I am an artist and have no right buggering about with
verbs and split infinitives,
which is what being a writer says to me.
- Ralph Steadman

I used to want to be a children's writer,
because I would have all these great ideas when I was little,
and I'd write them and draw them, and turn them into class.
- Jena Malone

Oftentimes what happens is that the writer understands one character,
but they don't understand the other one,
and the other one ends up not being written as well.
- Jennifer Beals

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
- Dean Acheson

It's a little bit in the genes because my brother is
a journalist and my father was a sports writer.
- Patricia Heaton

As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie;
all it requires is a great writer and great director
with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy.
- David Cross

I suppose I'm most influenced by any good,
commercial writer.
I learn from everyone.
- Nicholas Sparks

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

Some people want to call me an Appalachian writer,
even though I know some people use regional labels to belittle.
- Robert Morgan

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

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

I decided I would go to Chicago and try my luck as
a writer after those eight months as a fireman.
- Carl Sandburg

When a writer becomes a reader of his or her own work,
a lot can go wrong.
It's like do-it-yourself dentistry.
- William Collins

I pretty much only write by default,
because I want to make certain projects so instead
of trying to wait and find them,
I create them, but I'm not really a writer.
- Sara Gilbert

You know, Mamet is not a huge writer of female parts.
Most of his movies don't even have women in them,
so I'm lucky I'm in it at all.
- Elle Macpherson

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as
a writer of fiction by writing all those songs.
I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

Think of an economy where people could be an artist
or a photographer or a writer without worrying about
keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
- Nancy Pelosi

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
- Joseph Heller

I had never really thought of myself as a writer;
any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
- Len Wein

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

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

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

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

Every writer I've ever spoken to feels fraudulent in some way or other.
- Stephen Sondheim

I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century:
that a writer never complains,
never explains and never disdains.
- James A. Michener

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

I don't think of myself as a director or writer.
I think of myself as a filmmaker.
- Conrad Hall

Rarely ever see or meet the writer during shooting.
- Tom Skerritt

I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus.
Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement.
To act, an actor has to have words.
A stage.
a camera turning.
- Paul Muni

You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place,
use a humble pen.
- Paul Simon

Aggression, the writer's main source of energy.
- Ted Solotaroff

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

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid.
If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up,
I would have laughed in your face.
- Caleb Carr

I think with every writer there are two people there.
- Hugh Leonard

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

I never really wanted to be an actor.
And that was the beginning of it, I began to write
things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.
- Barry Levinson

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

My assignment is what every writer's assignment is:
tell the truth of his own time.
- Leslie Fiedler

As a writer no one's gonna tell me how to write,
I'm gonna write the way I wanna write!
- Jacqueline Susann

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


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