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William Golding Quotes and Sayings

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The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book,
but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
- William Golding

Novelists do not write as birds sing,
by the push of nature.
It is part of the job that there should be much routine
and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.
- William Golding

He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience.
- William Golding

My yesterdays walk with me.
They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.
- William Golding

 

Childhood is a disease - a sickness that you grow out of.
- William Golding

Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out
as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
- William Golding

What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.
- William Golding

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Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket.
- William Golding

The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle.
We know he got on the bicycle and started to move.
We know that at some point he will stop and get off.
We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off.
- William Golding

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

The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today.
I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role.
- J. M. Coetzee

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

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

Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

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 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

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

I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
- Christian Bale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.
- Flannery O'Connor

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

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 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

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

I do not know that any writer has supposed that on
this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
- Thomas Malthus

All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool.
The reader will like the book to the degree that he
agrees with the writer about what's cool.
- Steven Brust

The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action;
he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.
- Paul de Man

I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing,
for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
- Edna Ferber

Chemistry is not anything an executive producer or
writer can orchestrate or plan;
you just hope for it.
- David E. Kelley

If I'd had more time or been a better writer,
I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel.
But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web.
- Philip Greenspun

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

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

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

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

I write because I write - as anyone in the arts does.
You're a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint.
You're a writer because this is what you do.
- Richard Price

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

First person narrative is a very effective tool but
you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
- James McBride

In high school, my goal was to be a writer for SNL,
then I got into the acting.
- Illeana Douglas

The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe,
to his or her own point of view.
If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view,
it's impossible to be a creator.
- Manuel Puig

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

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

I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself
unless he has crystallized into expressive and original
phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

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

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

That writer does the most who gives his reader the
most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing
his writing as an anthropologist.
- Clifford Geertz

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

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 am a writer who happens to love women.
I am not a lesbian who happens to write.
- Jeanette Winterson

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

Travel definitely affects me as a writer.
- Anthony Doerr

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

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained.
For those two hours he has been in a different place
with totally different people.
- Roald Dahl

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

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

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the
realization that he has come upon the right word.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen


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