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Martin Amis Quotes and Sayings

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Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life
is in some sense exemplary,
that the particular will turn out to be universal.
- Martin Amis

Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.
- Martin Amis

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.
- Martin Amis

You cannot combine being a movie star with not being a movie star.
- Martin Amis

 

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb,
and the rose grow without thorn.
- Martin Amis

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil,
it goes from strength to strength.
It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
- Martin Amis

Bullets cannot be recalled.
They cannot be uninvented.
But they can be taken out of the gun.
- Martin Amis

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

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

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

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

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley,
who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me,
but I couldn't tell you what it was.
- Jack Vance

Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.
- Dario Argento

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
but if you must, then write.
- J. B. Priestley

Since I was the solo artist as well as the writer for the songs,
I figured I had enough credits on it already.
- Cy Coleman

I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New
York worked as a musician too,
but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.
- Jim Jarmusch

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

So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes,
it's also true that as a writer of books I want to
have the whole range of human emotions.
- Rick Moody

There's a feminist writer, Naomi Wolfe,
who is reconsidering her position on abortion.
- Norma McCorvey

Every writer I've ever spoken to feels fraudulent in some way or other.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life,
every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
- Virginia Woolf

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

It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery:
the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes,
and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.
- Francoise Sagan

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty,
and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as
a writer enjoys providing one.
- Walter Jon Williams

I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an
integral part of my identity.
Being published, being well regarded,
is a component of that identity.
- Brian Aldiss

The First Amendment has the same role in my life as
a citizen and a writer as the sun has in our ecosystem.
- Michael Chabon

One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer.
- Wole Soyinka

Going off the road just leaves me more time to be a writer.
- Janis Ian

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

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where
time and place and eternity somehow meet.
His problem is to find that location.
- Flannery O'Connor

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical
cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
- Irwin Shaw

Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the
conditions of a writer's life.
- Jerzy Kosinski

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

That, for me, is a very important test of a young writer's
commitment because most of them are going to have to
continue doing that when they've finished the program.
- Tobias Wolff

As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell
themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

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

If I really considered myself a writer,
I wouldn't be writing screenplays.
I'd be writing novels.
- Quentin Tarantino

One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to
make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that
you're not aware there was a writer there.
- Stephen Sondheim

The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion,
the emotion that can wholly become a thought.
- Thomas Mann

You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer.
But you can help a young writer discover within himself
what kind of writer he would like to be.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

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

I wear a lot of different hats - from writer to producer and artist.
We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our
own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.
- William Bell

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family.
A beginning writer, on the other hand,
sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
- Marguerite Yourcenar

The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.
Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
- Vita Sackville-West

The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
- Robert Benchley

Steve Martin is such an exquisite and precise writer.
Everything is so clear; it's like a bell.
He says what he means and says it so beautifully.
- Jason Schwartzman

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing,
remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.
- Gene Fowler

Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired.
He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.
- Hugh Leonard

I have before me a newspaper slip on which a writer
expresses the opinion that no one should be allowed
to possess more than one million dollars' worth of property.
- William Graham Sumner

My father was a writer and an acting teacher.
- Noah Hathaway

The idea that you're not a writer until you're published is a lie.
- Andrew Vachss

I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew
exactly what being a writer entailed.
- Dan Simmons

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.
- Joseph Stalin

Every writer has to figure out what works best -
and often has to select and discard different tools
before they find the one that fits.
- Nora Roberts

I've had aunts and uncles who not only haven't read
my books but could hardly believe that I was a writer.
- Robert Cormier

I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer.
- David Guterson

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

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

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
- James A. Michener

Stephen King.
Now I'm not crazy about him, but he's a great a writer.
- Mickey Spillane

I had never really thought of myself as a writer;
any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
- Len Wein

A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich.
I cannot properly contradict him.
- Thomas Malthus

No writer should minimize the factor that affects everyone,
but is beyond control: luck.
- John Jakes

I am a writer of fragments.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic.
I say writer.
- Leslie Fiedler

You become a better writer by writing.
You become a better travel writer by writing about travel.
- Tim Cahill

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

I've always thought of myself as an organic writer,
rather than a cerebral one.
I feel my way along as I go, hoping I'll get to the place I intend to reach.
- Len Wein

I love being a writer.
What I can't stand is the paperwork.
- Peter De Vries


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