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John Metcalf Quotes and Sayings

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Writers don't have to keep themselves honest.
They have to keep themselves accurate.
- John Metcalf

I wanted the press to become something of a movement.
Not a movement committed to a particular "ism,"
but a gathering together of writers with an aesthetic
approach to literature and with a lust for excellence.
- John Metcalf

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

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

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

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Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

I have daughters who are writers and actors but no musicians.
- Rosanne Cash

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great
writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
- Gertrude Stein

I get so used to working with writers that my prime
occupation is development.
- Ridley Scott

The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me.
I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I'm a feminist.
That suits me fine.
- Chrissie Hynde

Writers will happen in the best of families.
- Rita Mae Brown

There are plenty of clever young writers.
But there is too much genius, not enough talent.
- J. B. Priestley

If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
- Irvin S. Cobb

It's well known that actors are lousy writers.
- Richard Grant

The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its
artists and writers to become suspected rather than
respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.
- James Thurber

Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
- Logan P. Smith

This might be one way to start talking about differences
between the early postmodern writers of the fifties
and sixties and their contemporary descendants.
- David Foster Wallace

I did what most writers do when something happens that's overwhelming,
fascinating, moving, all of that.
I didn't know what else to do about it except write about it.
- Patti Davis

There were five writers on Blazing Saddles.
- Dom DeLuise

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

We Negro writers, just by being black,
have been on the blacklist all our lives.
Censorship for us begins at the color line.
- Langston Hughes

Writers speak stench.
- Franz Kafka

I belong to a specific category of writers,
those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I was a pretty good fighter.
But it was the writers who made me great.
- Jack Dempsey

The best way to learn about writing is to study the
work of other writers you admire.
- Jeffery Deaver

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think
of who have come from a background of rural poverty
and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
- Alden Nowlan

Young writers should definitely research the current sounds and styles.
- Lamont Dozier

I'm more influenced by my own interests than anyone else's.
Writers have to entertain themselves,
or they can't entertain anyone else.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

I read, therefore I'm interested in writers.
- Philip Kaufman

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

Well, there are more writers of blogs right now than there are readers,
so that's clearly a vanity phenomenon.
- John Doerr

I enjoy writing, sometimes; I think that most writers
will tell you about the agony of writing more than the joy of writing,
but writing is what I was meant to do.
- Leon Uris

I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading
books is a more and more unusual experience,
and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright

There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors,
but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen.
That's why you get rhetoric.
- Dick Wolf

They say great themes make great novels.
but what these young writers don't understand is that
there is no greater theme than men and women.
- John O'Hara

How that works is our first season was the year we
had a threatened writers' strike,
so what we did was that instead of doing 22 episodes,
we did 30.
We put 10 in the bank.
- Christopher Meloni

Writers never get a very good deal in Hollywood.
- Richard O'Brien

Some writers hate to go to trials, but I love trials.
- Ann Rule

There are writers who do start doing the same thing
again and again and almost inevitably fall into self-parody.
- Tobias Wolff

Writers are in the entertainment business,
and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.
- Brian Lumley

I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers:
whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.
- Wendy Cope

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate
in escaping regular education.
- Hugh MacDiarmid

The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is
because we'll do it for nothing.
That's a basic fact - you gotta do it.
- Morgan Freeman

There are writers in Germany who drink the Absolute like water;
and there are books in which even the dogs make references to the Infinite.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Perhaps, all writers walk such a line.
In general - as we all do in our dreams -
I believe I put something of myself into all the characters in my novels,
male as well as female.
- Rose Tremain

I do enjoy working with writers.
- Neil Jordan

Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous.
That's why so many of them are in jail.
- Don DeLillo

Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous.
I'll go a step further.
You must be bisexual.
- Rita Mae Brown

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
- Ken Follett

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters.
It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward.
Art should always be an exchange.
- Nick Cave

Most writers can write, most rock 'n rollers cannot.
- Andrew Eldritch

Between us and the writers, it was comedy hour the whole time.
We could hardly get through it.
- Buddy Rice

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship
and yet produced good novels;
for instance,
Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Many fiction writers eventually want to feel that their work forms a single,
unified entity.
- Peter Straub

I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers
who take themselves seriously -
and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
- Jonathan Franzen

Writers write to influence their readers,
their preachers, their auditors, but always,
at bottom, to be more themselves.
- Aldous Huxley

The mercury rule writers also ignored mercury's special qualities.
- Tom Allen

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
- Antonia Fraser

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
- Daphne du Maurier

I've never seen a worse situation than that of young
writers in the United States.
The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
- Manuel Puig

Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained.
With the other psychoanalytic writers,
everything is always so known and fixed.
- Anna Freud

There may be something to the suggestion about the
pace of technological change intimidating writers,
though - it's been awfully hard to keep ahead of real developments.
- Stanley Schmidt

It's a bit of a crapshoot out there with young writers right now anyway.
- George Murray

Good writers are those who keep the language efficient.
That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
- Ezra Pound

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

One reason the human race has such a low opinion of
itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.
- Wilfrid Sheed


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