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Maurice Blanchot Quotes and Sayings

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A writer never reads his work.
For him, it is the unreadable, a secret,
and he cannot remain face to face with it.
A secret, because he is separated from it.
- Maurice Blanchot

Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who
openly display their preference like a delectable ailment
that isolates them and makes them proud.
- Maurice Blanchot

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

 

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

Listen to advice.
You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught
at where at least half the audience fights all the
conventions of the field.
- Jane Haddam

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A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult
than it is for other people.
- Thomas Mann

Calvino was not a writer of hits; he was a writer of classics.
- William Weaver

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.
- Joan Didion

The writer is the person who stands outside society,
independent of affiliation and independent of influence.
- Don DeLillo

There are events which are so great that if a writer
has participated in them his obligation is to write
truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
- Ernest Hemingway

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself
is almost sure to please others.
- Marianne Moore

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

But I do not have the reader in mind when I write.
No true writer does that.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself.
And you have no duty towards anyone else.
- Iris Chang

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

The writer studies literature, not the world.
He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
- Annie Dillard

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

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

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

If I've done my work well, I vanish completely from the scene.
I believe it is invasive of the work when you know
too much about the writer.
- Mary Oliver

I grew up wanting to be a writer for theatre.
- Christopher Durang

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

Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes.
It's impossible.
- Anne Rice

The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe,
but of his individuality.
This is a very narrow-minded situation.
- Aharon Appelfeld

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 will say that the prison regime is rather a good
one for a writer because you have plenty of time to write.
- Mary Archer

As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of
being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected,
either by agents or publishers.
You absolutely must plow forward.
- Augusten Burroughs

Writer's block is the greatest side effect of boredom.
- Jason Zebehazy

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography -
will always have this incompleteness.
- V. S. Naipaul

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

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

You can't be too old to be a writer,
but you can definitely be too young!
- Joanna Trollope

It's a responsibility of the writer to get the reader
out of the story somehow.
- Michael Ondaatje

Now I'm not an author, I'm a writer,
that's all I am.
- Mickey Spillane

I don't believe in kicking away ladders.
By that, I mean the ladders by which I ascended as a young writer,
small magazines that didn't pay anything,
and that sort of thing.
- George Woodcock

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

Style is that which indicates how the writer takes
himself and what he is saying.
It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.
- Robert Frost

I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.
- Bill Griffith

When you're in the States and you're a writer and you've
got money and you walk into a bank,
you're a bum with money.
- Norman Spinrad

It's essential not to have an ideology,
not to be a member of a political party.
While the writer can have certain political views,
he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
- Manuel Puig

I am a writer of fragments.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

There's a moral force in a sentence when it comes out right.
It speaks the writer's will to live.
- Don DeLillo

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says,
but to go off with him and travel in his company.
- Andre Gide

For what I wrote that started this whole controversy,
I deserved to be criticized, and I felt bad about writing it.
I felt bad mainly as a writer and a thinker.
- Gregg Easterbrook

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

I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days.
- Walter Jon Williams

I was very pleased, obviously, to have outsold such great writers.
But I'm not insane - I do realize that I am a popular
writer who people buy to take on vacation.
- Maeve Binchy

I am a writer who came of a sheltered life.
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.
For all serious daring starts from within.
- Eudora Welty

I am also a writer.
That is a fact not known by the public in general.
- Bob Kane

I became a writer in spite of my environments.
- Robert E. Howard

Blanche is written with a terrible authority,
the authority that comes from artistic necessity when
the writer is compelled to write by his demon,
rather than by his agent or promoter.
- Paul Bailey

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

Depending on what I'm working on, I come to the writing
desk with entirely different mindsets.
When I change form one to the other,
it's as if another writer is on the scene.
- Evan Hunter

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
- John Steinbeck

Understand, I had absolutely no interest in writing;
I wanted to be a Writer.
- Kate DiCamillo

When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters.
A character is a caricature.
- Ernest Hemingway

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

For a long period in my life - it lasted about 10 years -
I had writer's block.
- Mary Garden

I mean, the problem is, I think I'm a great writer.
- Aaron Eckhart

A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or
tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.
- Johann G. Hamann

It's a little bit in the genes because my brother is
a journalist and my father was a sports writer.
- Patricia Heaton

My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
- Susan Sontag

How do I tell people who I am? Not being a writer,
the only way is to sing songs that reflect my opinions.
- Cass Elliot

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
- Joseph Heller

A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
- Michael Ondaatje

It is one test of a fully developed writer that he
reminds us of no one but himself.
- Melvin Maddocks

No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament,
except to think him overdoing everything.
- Zane Grey

There's a challenge to playing these fantasy figures
because they are fantasy figures.
You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.
- Ralph Fiennes

What writer wants to make compromises with story? Story
is the only reason you're in it.
- David Simon


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