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P. L. Travers Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them;
a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline:
the more time he has,
the worse he writes.
- Karl Kraus

I thought I'd definitely be a writer,
whatever I did.
- Thomas Keneally

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A person is a fool to become a writer.
His only compensation is absolute freedom.
- Roald Dahl

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

Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet
or indeed any prophet under Islamic law,
the sentence for that is actually death.
- Cat Stevens

Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher,
stronger writer.
- Jessica Hagedorn

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

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

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

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching
in just enough background to ground the specific story.
- Lynn Abbey

As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie;
all it requires is a great writer and great director
with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy.
- David Cross

I feel like the writer observing the grief,
but it is difficult to be detached from it.
- Hugh Leonard

As a writer no one's gonna tell me how to write,
I'm gonna write the way I wanna write!
- Jacqueline Susann

No writer of a portion of the Bible was perfect.
It was the direct and miraculous operation of the Holy
Spirit that what they wrote is without mistake.
- Walter Lang

It's a dead give away of an inexperienced writer if
every character speaks with the same voice.
- Colleen McCullough

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

The first essential in writing about anything is that
the writer should have no experience of the matter.
- Isadora Duncan

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it.
A good writer turns fact into truth;
a bad writer will,
more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
- Edward Albee

I turned down twelve films last year...
Huge money films, but I had no respect for the writer or the work.
- Shia LaBeouf

Do you want to be an artist and a writer,
or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes.
I don't want to go to PTA meetings.
- Stevie Nicks

If you are killed because you are a writer,
that's the maximum expression of respect,
you know.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.
- John Braine

I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first
story had I not been a lawyer.
I never dreamed of being a writer.
I wrote only after witnessing a trial.
- John Grisham

In America, the race goes to the loud,
the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
- Gore Vidal

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure.
Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
- Joseph Joubert

He invented this idea of telling the life story of
a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him.
It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer.
- Simon Callow

You become a writer because you need to become a writer -
nothing else.
- Grace Paley

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

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this:
marry an English major.
- Stephen Ambrose

I didn't raise Todd to be a writer, but he happened to be one anyway.
- Anne McCaffrey

I wouldn't not want to be a director and write as I
wouldn't not to want to be a writer and direct movies.
- Walter Hill

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

It's a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.
- Amy Tan

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench
down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility
of the writer in all ages of man.
- Nelson Algren

There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than
a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
- William Gaddis

The profession of the writer has its thorns about which
the reader does not dream.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

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

Success comes to a writer as a rule,
so gradually that it is always something of a shock
to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
- P. G. Wodehouse

A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying,
Tell the truth.
Reveal a few secrets here.
- Quentin Tarantino

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

Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion.
- Walter Jon Williams

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

To the present writer a careful study of the facts
now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization
was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted

Coming from Canada, being a writer and Jewish as well,
I have impeccable paranoia credentials.
- Mordecai Richler

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

Nowadays I'm not even sure if newspapers take into
account whether a person is a good writer.
- Bob Schieffer

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

I think it takes about a million words to make a writer.
I mean that you're going to throw away.
- Jerry Pournelle

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

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
He's unique.
He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
- Harold Pinter

The writer wants to be understood much more than he
wants to be respected or praised or even loved.
And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
- Leo Rosten

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

Well, I write in exile because I cannot return to my country,
so I have no choice but to see myself as an exiled writer.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

What I try to keep in mind is that there are going
to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative
of what I'm about as a person and as a writer.
- Alanis Morissette

I view myself primarily as a trial lawyer who happens to be writing,
as opposed to a writer who happens to be a trial lawyer,
so the audience is like a jury to me.
- Vincent Bugliosi

The writer can choose what he writes about but he cannot
choose what he is able to make live.
- Flannery O'Connor

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'm a fairly undisciplined writer.
- Neil Gaiman

And you find as a writer there are certain spots on
the planet where you write better than others,
and I believe in that.
And New Orleans is one of them.
- Jimmy Buffett

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

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual.
Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them,
that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.
- Frank Black

An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about
its writer except his memory.
- Franklin P. Jones

That is a secondary teacher conception -
the writer as an observer.
- Peter Bichsel

As a guest who doesn't eat, drink or smoke,
you leave much to be desired, but as a writer,
you're my girl.
- Thelma Ritter


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