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Dornford Yates Quotes and Sayings

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When a writer admits that he has an affection for something which he has written,
it is high time to pray for his soul.
- Dornford Yates

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

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

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

 

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

I wanted to use what I was, to be what I was born to be -
not to have a 'career',
but to be that straightforward obvious unmistakable animal,
a writer.
- Cynthia Ozick

Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good:
they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.
- E. M. Forster

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

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

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

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

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

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true
friend and a good writer.
- E. B. White

People love pretty much the same things best.
A writer looking for subject inquires not after what he loves best,
but after what he alone loves at all.
- Annie Dillard

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

Artie is a singer, and I'm a writer and player and a singer.
We didn't work together on a creative level and prepare the songs.
I did that.
- Paul Simon

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

I just don't see myself as a travel writer.
I can't.
I don't.
- Robyn Davidson

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book,
but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
- William Golding

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

If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate:
The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
- William Faulkner

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

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

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

I wanted to write a novel.
At 12 I knew, I am a writer.
I said it to nobody.
- Peter Bichsel

A writer of fiction lives in fear.
Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be
sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
- Roald Dahl

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

I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.
- Flannery O'Connor

I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff.
I think of myself as a writer.
- Sam Shepard

I'm not a born writer, and I don't enjoy writing.
- Alistair Maclean

A writer is, after all, only half his book.
The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.
- P. L. Travers

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

The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze.
He wants a drink.
He needs it.
- Roald Dahl

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the
most important thing in the world.
And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
- John Steinbeck

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

Being rewarded for anything other than the quality
of their work is the fastest way to screw-up a writer-and
it isn't only new ones who suffer from that.
- Greg Egan

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar,
in point of style.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

I want to be a writer someday.
- Andrea Barber

I'm a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.
- Ben Hecht

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue.
You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure
of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard

I'm not going to get into the writer's skills or what
he was trying to portray because that's not fair.
I can only say what I felt was trying to be portrayed there.
- Taylor Dane

It is my desire to be a great writer.
I know that I still have a mountain to climb to achieve that.
- Guy Johnson

So I had a ghostwriter, they call them,
or somebody who is an experienced writer,
to help.
I've got the ideas in my head, it's getting them properly on paper.
- Bruce Boxleitner

Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which
he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against
the cultivation of his talent.
- James A. Baldwin

Whatever you do, make sure you want to write more than you want to be a writer.
Make sure you want to act more than you want to be an actor.
That is what will sustain you.
- Bradley Whitford

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

Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion.
- Walter Jon Williams

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

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged
by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- Kurt Vonnegut

It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I'm a fast writer.
- Terry McMillan

I might add that you change as a person as you grow older,
so you change as a writer, too.
- Terry Brooks

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

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

All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool.
The reader will like the book to the degree that he
agrees with the writer about what's cool.
- Steven Brust

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

When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters.
A character is a caricature.
- Ernest Hemingway

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

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming
a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
- Neil Gaiman

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

A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it.
A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment,
but soon he will watch them filing out.
- Cyril Connolly

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

The writer's shortness of breath became more and more distressing as he rose.
- Hudson Stuck

I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter,
because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- Colleen McCullough

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

Academics love to make theories about a body of work,
but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.
- Jeanette Winterson

I'm a writer first and a woman after.
- Katherine Mansfield

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment
for having disturbed the reader's peace.
The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
- Anatole Broyard

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


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