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William Styron Quotes and Sayings

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The writer's duty is to keep on writing.
- William Styron

I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well,
but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain
of getting started each day.
Let's face it, writing is hell.
- William Styron

A great book should leave you with many experiences,
and slightly exhausted.
You should live several lives while reading it.
- William Styron

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis.
- William Styron

 

Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience,
the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes
on the quality of physical pain.
- William Styron

If we do not find anything very pleasant,
at least we shall find something new.
- William Styron

And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.
- William Styron

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Most books, like their authors, are born to die;
of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them;
they live,
and their influence lives forever.
- William Styron

Writing is a fine therapy for people who are perpetually
scared of nameless threats...
for jittery people.
- William Styron

Let's face it, writing is hell.
- William Styron

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.
- William Styron

I think it's unfortunate to have critics for friends.
- William Styron

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here I am, where I ought to be.
A writer must have a place where he or she feels this,
a place to love and be irritated with.
- Louise Erdrich

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

Well, in features, and in writing especially,
it's often the style of the writer comes in.
- Kurt Loder

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'm not constrained by being a genre writer.
Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel
and probably get it published.
- Lynn Abbey

I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter,
because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- Colleen McCullough

Then I read Little Women, and of course,
like a lot of really young girls, I was very taken with Jo -
Jo being the writer and the misfit.
- Patti Smith

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

Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader.
He does movie sound tracks.
- Norman Granz

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that
a writer is working when he's staring out of the window.
- Burton Rascoe

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them;
he exhausts the possibilities of his characters.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it.
Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer.
- Len Deighton

For a writer, published works are like fallen flowers,
but the expected new work is like a calyx waiting to blossom.
- Cao Yu

I just don't see myself as a travel writer.
I can't.
I don't.
- Robyn Davidson

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

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

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 am the worlds laziest writer.
- Oscar Peterson

If they don't read, if they don't love reading;
if they don't find themselves compulsively reading,
I don't think they're really a writer.
- Rita Dove

I am an artist and have no right buggering about with
verbs and split infinitives,
which is what being a writer says to me.
- Ralph Steadman

Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and
he sat in on so many story conferences.
He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
- Vincente Minnelli

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration,
and feign innocence vis a vis language,
because language is never innocent.
- Juan Goytisolo

You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place,
use a humble pen.
- Paul Simon

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the
most important thing in the world.
And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
- John Steinbeck

I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block;
the problem is idea block.
- Jeffery Deaver

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

I tend to have an odd split in my mind:
I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing
thing is OK and I'm happy with it,
then I put on my actor's hat.
- John Cleese

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

For a writer, its very attractive to stay in one world for a time.
- Terry Brooks

I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter.
But after college...
I did other things.
- Jackie Kennedy

Taking on challenging projects is the way that one
grows and extends one's range as a writer,
one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
- Donna Tartt

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

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

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

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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

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

If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate:
The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
- William Faulkner

It's this simple law, which every writer knows,
of taking two opposites and putting them in a room together.
I love anything with Cartman and Butters at the same time,
it's great.
- Trey Parker

I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer
for about 6 years before I sold my first story.
- Sidney Sheldon

When I went to college I took a creative writing class
and decided in a week to be a writer.
- David Guterson

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

I was a government employee in the morning and a writer in the evening.
- Naguib Mahfouz

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

By the time I would have graduated, at 22,
I was a writer and featured performer on Saturday Night Live.
- Sarah Silverman

No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison
terrified me into getting published.
- Dan Simmons

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

Think of an economy where people could be an artist
or a photographer or a writer without worrying about
keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
- Nancy Pelosi

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar,
in point of style.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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