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Norman Lindsay Quotes and Sayings

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A writer who presents men and women as creatures truncated
below the waist is exposed as one who goes about without his trousers saying,
'see, I have had my testicles removed.'
- Norman Lindsay

Every mind which has given itself to self-expression
in art is aware of a directing agency outside its conscious
control which it has agreed to label 'inspiration'.
- Norman Lindsay

Sex is not only the basis of life, it is the reason for life.
- Norman Lindsay

The best love affairs are those we never had.
- Norman Lindsay

 

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

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

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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's shortness of breath became more and more distressing as he rose.
- Hudson Stuck

It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass;
but the reader may be sure that it is always there.
- Anthony Trollope

Disney was not a good animator, he didn't draw well at all,
but he was always a great idea man, and a good writer.
- Chuck Jones

I would still like to have that luxury,
to be able to just sit and draw for hours and hours and hours.
In a way, that's what I do as a writer.
- Amy Tan

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

Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which
he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against
the cultivation of his talent.
- James A. Baldwin

Without the faintest possibility of finding a job,
I decided to devote myself to literature:
it was about time to find out what I was worth as a writer.
- Jose Saramago

I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.
- Carl Sandburg

I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer,
writer and director.
- William Shatner

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality,
the way they look, etc.
So there is no possible way that I could have writer's block.
- R. L. Stine

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

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

Every sentence has a truth waiting at the end of it
and the writer learns how to know it when he finally gets there.
- Don DeLillo

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
- Marianne Moore

The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly
the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern
subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The task of a writer consists of being able to make
something out of an idea.
- Thomas Mann

I wanted to be a director and producer and writer,
but in the early '40's the union wouldn't let you get through the gates.
You couldn't get on a crew, or even learn to direct.
- Larry Buchanan

My assignment is what every writer's assignment is:
tell the truth of his own time.
- Leslie Fiedler

I've yet to meet a writer who could change water into wine,
and we have a tendency to treat them like that.
- Michael Tolkin

Life and people are complex.
A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician.
We don't see the world that simply.
- Joyce Carol Oates

I've been a writer for 42 years and,
yes,
it is a full time job for me.
Not a hobby, but serious work.
- Donald McKay

In that sense, film is superior, but the difficulty
is your lack of control as a writer.
- Terry Southern

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

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

I wanted to use what I was, to be what I was born to be -
not to have a 'career',
but to be that straightforward obvious unmistakable animal,
a writer.
- Cynthia Ozick

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

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

A writer's work often reflects what he or she has been exposed to in life;
experiences which are the groundwork of a poem or a story.
- Eyvind Johnson

Academics love to make theories about a body of work,
but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.
- Jeanette Winterson

I always wanted to be a writer.
- Jung Chang

To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual,
a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity,
and creative strength.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

As a writer, I've always been interested in others.
- Antonio Tabucchi

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.
- Tom T. Hall

I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this,
then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.
- Toni Cade Bambara

The process hasn't changed, but the writer has developed.
I still get up every morning and go to work.
- Mordecai Richler

I certainly don't think I would have been asked to
pose for Rage if I wasn't a known writer.
- Poppy Z. Brite

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

The writer who can't do his job looks to his editor to do it for him,
though he won't dream of sharing his royalties with that editor.
- Alfred A. Knopf

I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day,
rather than a sex symbol.
- Steven Seagal

I still can't quite believe it.
Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer,
a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
- Sam Mendes

I had read too many memoirs that were written after
the writer or the director was past his or her prime.
- Joe Eszterhas

So must the writer, whose productions should Take with the vulgar,
be of vulgar mould.
- Edmund Waller

Kafka is still unrecognized.
He thought he was a comic writer.
- Leslie Fiedler

Any writer worth the name is always getting into one
thing or getting out of another thing.
- Fannie Hurst

Although I've said a million times that I'm not a horror writer,
I do like horror.
- Dean Koontz

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

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

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece
and no other task is of any consequence.
- Cyril Connolly

For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is
less important than emotional sincerity.
- George Orwell

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer,
and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that
I would never be fit for real work,
and that writing didn't require any.
- Russell Baker

You know you lose a lot of social skills if you're a writer.
You spend too long alone.
And its forced me to address that.
- Anthony Minghella

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

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged
by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- Kurt Vonnegut

I've never seen myself as a fantasy writer -
ever.
- Jonathan Carroll

A writer is, after all, only half his book.
The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.
- P. L. Travers

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

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
- Kenneth Koch

The creative act is not pure.
History evidences it.
Sociology extracts it.
The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes
to realize that he is answerable.
- Nadine Gordimer

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

I'm an escapist kind of writer.
- Maeve Binchy


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