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John Gregory Dunne Quotes and Sayings

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Writing is manual labor of the mind:
a job,
like laying pipe.
- John Gregory Dunne

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

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I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Writing is really very easy.
Tap a vein and bleed onto the page.
Everything else is just technical.
- Derrick Jensen

Anarchists prepare for social revolution and use every means-
speech,
writing, or deed, whichever is more to the point -
to accelerate revolutionary development.
- Johann Most

Writing a book is a very lonely business.
You are totally cut off from the rest of the world,
submerged in your obsessions and memories.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

I was burned out.
I think I was just exhausted.
It was a very intense five years.
We didn't stop.
It was constant touring, constant writing,
recording.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

For a man who no longer has a homeland,
writing becomes a place to live.
- Theodor Adorno

I should add that it is open to debate whether what
we call the writing of history these days is truly scientific.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I have four shelves covered with journals that I've written.
Dad and I are writing songs together.
I've probably written 100 songs.
- Miley Cyrus

Re-writing is different from writing.
Original writing is very difficult.
- David Cronenberg

I like pens.
My writing is so amazing there's never a need to erase.
- Todd Barry

When I say "work" I only mean writing.
Everything else is just odd jobs.
- Margaret Laurence

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the
middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
- Ken Follett

Most of my work consisted of crossing out.
Crossing out was the secret of all good writing.
- Mark Haddon

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only
one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
- Sylvia Plath

Hard writing makes easy reading.
- Wallace Stegner

Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves.
- Paul Theroux

I am writing something which I find satisfying and
which I am prepared to put my name to as a composer.
- Gavin Bryars

It was Noel Coward whose technique I envied and tried to emulate.
I collected all his records and writing.
- Kenneth Williams

You never know what you will learn till you start writing.
Then you discover truths you never knew existed.
- Anita Brookner

The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in,
and I'm really just writing about myself and using
those subjects as a prism.
- Chuck Klosterman

I would never want to hurt anyone by writing a book.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

I work eight hours a day, but I'm not writing all that time.
I'm thinking, editing, looking something up.
Thinking is what I do a lot of.
- Barbara Taylor Bradford

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

If I had to give young writers advice,
I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman

All I knew was that I was writing something out of my very guts,
and that I was content.
- Winston Graham

I am 82 years old.
I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading.
- Tony Hillerman

And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking
trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.
- F. L. Lucas

On the other hand when you are someone who records
their own songs you are basically stuck writing for
one voice and for one style that can stifle you a bit.
It's a real trade off.
- Cynthia Weil

There is more good writing and good acting in any ten
minutes of Twister than in,
say, all of Citizen Kane.
- Orson Scott Card

You have certain writing tools but generally creating
something from nothing makes one quite mad and Cynthia
and I are quite mad you know.
- Barry Mann

There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching.
There comes a point where you just have to stop,
and start writing.
- David McCullough

If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years.
There's not much coming in from the outside.
- Mordecai Richler

Novel writing wrecks homes.
- C. S. Forester

The first is that instead of writing a sequel,
which is what most people do, this is in fact a prequel.
Although we didn't know that when we began the process.
- James Collins

Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write
as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.
- Buddy Ebsen

What is writing but an expression of my own life?
- Zane Grey

I loved writing a book in which, in some ways,
it's very, very classical, and in some ways I'm breaking
lots of rules about what you can do and what you can't do.
- Neil Gaiman

In time I began to understand that it's when you start
writing that you really find out what you don't know and need to know.
- David McCullough

People writing about me have said that I've influenced a lot of people,
and there are some artists who have credited me with influencing them.
- Harvey Pekar

My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days,
after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
- Manuel Puig

Writing is the supreme solace.
- W. Somerset Maugham

And eventually as I kept writing it,
something emerged that was not quite me but a version of me.
- Larry David

Let's face it, writing is hell.
- William Styron

Originally I was not writing songs for myself.
- Smokey Robinson

I honestly feel like we never had a bad episode by TV standards.
Every week I felt there were so many strong components of the show,
especially the writing.
- Donal Logue

There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
- Anthony Trollope

I think I'm in a really nice position,
where I'm sure I could do another show if I wanted to do one,
but right now the main thing in my mind is writing songs.
- Chris Isaak

My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own.
I try not to structure my work too rigidly.
- Anita Desai

I remember once, when I started writing for the alto saxophone,
a saxophonist told me to think of it as being like
a cross between an oboe and a viola,
but louder.
- Gavin Bryars

In writing music, the structure of each piece is a very important factor.
- Leo Ornstein

Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives.
We forget this because we've seen too many of her books on screen.
- Mark Haddon

I did some writing and bought a book,
and have been working on that as a film to act and direct in.
- Dustin Hoffman

We collaborate on everything.
I'm involved in the writing and pre-production.
There's a whole bunch of people who keep in touch at
every step about everything.
- Jay Roach

I don't care who you are.
When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay,
in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.
- Nora Ephron

When I did start writing books, I didn't realize it,
but the girls that grew up watching the show became moms.
- Lisa Whelchel

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims.
As I write I keep looking for casualties.
The stories uncover the casualties.
- John Irving

Artists don't talk about art.
Artists talk about work.
If I have anything to say to young writers,
it's stop thinking of writing as art.
Think of it as work.
- Paddy Chayefsky

I wanted to do Playboy to get across the same ideas
I'm singing and writing about these days.
It's all about proving that a woman can defy stereotypes.
- Jody Watley


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