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James Chalmers Quotes and Sayings

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This writer, and all others of his stamp,
should remember that the colonies are now in a state
of revolt and rebellion against their rightful sovereign.
- James Chalmers

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

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

 

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

I've yet to meet a writer who could change water into wine,
and we have a tendency to treat them like that.
- Michael Tolkin

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

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I knew I wasn't a baseball writer.
I was scared to death.
I really was afraid to talk to players,
and I didn't want to go into the press box because
I thought I was faking it.
- Roger Angell

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

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

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
- James Houston

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

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
But why? Why do you choose one set of tools rather than another?
- James D. Houston

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

Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer,
we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft,
and started all over again.
- Bruce Boxleitner

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

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

My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer.
- John Sebastian

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

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

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

Well see, I'm a good enough writer that not everybody
in my books talks exactly like I do.
- Robert Kirkman

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

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

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

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience,
of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
- Eudora Welty

The writer wants to be understood much more than he
wants to be respected or praised or even loved.
And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
- Leo Rosten

I am a writer of fragments.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.
- Bernard Malamud

My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive
producing credit on this film.
We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
- Taylor Hackford

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer
is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck
of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.
- Ernest Hemingway

I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length
academic studies have been written.
- Manuel Puig

Disney was not a good animator, he didn't draw well at all,
but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
- Chuck Jones

An incinerator is a writer's best friend.
- Thornton Wilder

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

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered
by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard

It is comparatively easy to become a writer;
staying a writer,
resisting formulaic work, generating one's own creativity -
that's a much tougher matter.
- Brian Aldiss

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

He invented this idea of telling the life story of
a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him.
It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer.
- Simon Callow

I do not know that any writer has supposed that on
this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
- Thomas Malthus

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer's block,
as if it was some kind of illness.
- Mary Garden

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

I wasn't involved, except to the degree that they sent
me drafts of the script as the writer turned them in.
They asked me at one point to write a memo about what I thought of it.
- Michael Chabon

The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that
the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and that no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic.
No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
- Jim Bishop

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

What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us...
what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?
- Julio Cortazar

I'm a writer.
Now I've started to be on television.
I have a big mouth.
And I have good TV teeth, they say.
- Steven Cojocaru

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

A writer should get as much education as possible,
but just going to school is not enough;
if it were,
all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

I could tell it was a popular move as a writer to walk
down the bass lines while you were writing a song.
- Gavin DeGraw

I tell students they will know they are getting somewhere
when a scene is so painful they can just barely bring
themselves to write about it.
A writer has to draw blood.
- Robert Morgan

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost -
the lost valleys of the imagination.
- Alexander Cockburn

The same tools that make any writer good,
plus a cheerful willingness to suspend belief.
- Fred Saberhagen

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

The importance to the writer of first writing must
be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Without books I would not have become a vivacious reader,
and if you are not a reader you are not a writer.
- Ken Follet

You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up -
at least I didn't.
- Anthony Doerr

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

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion;
it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or
romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
- Karl Kraus

In high school, my goal was to be a writer for SNL,
then I got into the acting.
- Illeana Douglas

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

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'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 used to object to being called an Indian writer,
and would always say I was a writer who happened to be an Indian,
and who happened to write about Indians.
- James Welch

If a lecturer, he wishes to be heard;
if a writer,
to be read.
He always hopes for a public beyond that of the long-suffering wife.
- Samuel E. Morison

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

I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.
- Carl Sandburg

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
- Kenneth Koch

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


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