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Len Deighton Quotes and Sayings

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Writers are frequently asked why they wrote their first book.
A more interesting answer might come from asking them
why they wrote their second one.
- Len Deighton

I store away my experiences and don't feel really happy
until I've found a way to write about them.
- Len Deighton

In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician
because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well.
- Len Deighton

Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it.
Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer.
- Len Deighton

 

I think the reason working-class people don't write
books is because they are encouraged to believe that
only certain people are permitted to write books.
- Len Deighton

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

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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

Women writers have been told, forever,
that our stories were not valuable.
Not as valuable as men's stories about wars,
business, power.
- Joyce Maynard

Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism
in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them,
and revert to realism.
- Marguerite Young

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

The writers have slowly taken the show,
with subjects other gay shows have dived right into,
slowly.
It was over a year before Will even started to date.
- Sean Hayes

But the French writers always had more originality
and independence than others,
and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion,
long since ceased to exist for them.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s,
with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and
cliched as Hollywood movies.
- Poppy Z. Brite

Every well-written book is a light for me.
When you write, you use other writers and their books
as guides in the wilderness.
- Kate DiCamillo

Writers tell stories better, because they've had more practice,
but everyone has a book in them.
Yes, that old cliche.
- Tanith Lee

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them -
do tend to feel dissatisfied.
It makes you a little hard to live with,
but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
- Tobias Wolff

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

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

I had neither expert aid nor advice.
I studied no courses in writing; until a year or so ago,
I never read a book by anybody advising writers how to write.
- Robert E. Howard

I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing,
and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions
than any other band leader in the country.
- John Philip Sousa

I do enjoy working with writers.
- Neil Jordan

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

If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives,
that's more than just entertainment-which is what we
writers all struggle to do,
to touch people.
- Dean Koontz

I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well.
I could never do it.
I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem,
it's almost written in my head somewhere.
- Sharon Olds

There's a lot of Latinos right now, a lot of filmmakers
and writers that are Latin too.
- Benicio Del Toro

Together with script writers Syd green and Dick Hills,
we worked on the comedy ideas for this series.
- Eric Morecambe

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

Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation -
from the writers of the world's religious masterpieces
to our most irreverent satirists.
- Jack Herer

I think the criticism that I take to heart is from
other writers that I respect.
- Steve Earle

Good writers are of necessity rare.
- George Henry Lewes

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self,
to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar,
is the test of their power.
- Toni Morrison

Some of the greatest writers in our industry can't get work.
- Kent McCord

I love the line of Flaubert about observing things very intensely.
I think our duty as writers begins not with our own feelings,
but with the powers of observing.
- Mary Oliver

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got
invited to the White House.
- Irwin Shaw

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

There are writers who say they have no social responsibility
except to write a good book,
but that doesn't satisfy me.
- Sheri S. Tepper

Writers are not always right however,
but then again, I've been on shows where the actors
have complete control and change everything and it's terrible.
- William Devane

Writers speak stench.
- Franz Kafka

Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them,
but they riff.
- Carl Reiner

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

The greatest writers of this age...
are aware of the mystery of our existence.
- J. B. Priestley

I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get
at what it is that makes good writers good.
But I made no promises that I would write books a lot
of people would like to read.
- Carl Sandburg

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

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
- Aubrey Beardsley

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be
in the forced contemplation of their own works.
- John Dos Passos

Writers can write outside their ethnicity or sex depending
how open and vulnerable they wish to be.
- Jim Harrison

I'm interested in how artists and writers do this,
using art as therapy.
Escaping into the worlds we create.
We're all victims and few of us are truly free.
- David Lloyd

Our great American writers were all newspaper people.
- John Gould

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

I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators.
- Ian Hunter

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe,
polite, obedient, and sterile.
- Sinclair Lewis

The only people who have the long view are some scientists
and some science fiction writers.
- Sheri S. Tepper

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable,
and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable,
solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov

And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write.
And they care.
- Russell Banks

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction)
is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
- Jacques Barzun

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.
- Mel Brooks

Stargate by far is the top of the pile when it comes to Sci-Fi.
The quality is great.
They have really good writers, production design,
lighting, wardrobe.
- Corin Nemec

Literature does not exist in a vacuum.
Writers as such have a definite social function exactly
proportional to their ability as writers.
This is their main use.
- Ezra Pound

And that's another piece of advice I'll give junior writers;
when you get to the point where they take you to lunch,
let the editor suggest where to go.
- Jerry Pournelle

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 have no agenda except to be funny.
Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus

All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself
to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
- Robert Frost

I just have a thing for writers.
Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
- Patricia Clarkson

I think new writers everywhere need opportunities to get published.
- Greg Egan

Most writers like to maintain some sort of anonymity.
For me, making videos was an assault.
- Sheryl Crow


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