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Writers Quotes

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No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Related topics: Wisdom

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

 

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

New fiction writers are a special breed in my estimation,
and I never dreamed that so many people would be interested,
but I remember being led by God.
- Tim LaHaye

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I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters.
It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward.
Art should always be an exchange.
- Nick Cave

I think it must be very hard to be one of the new young
writers who are urged to put themselves forward when
it may be the last thing on earth they'd be good at.
- Anne Tyler

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that
this is not an area that I find easy.
I doubt that I would have the patience in front of
a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter

Most writers can write, most rock 'n rollers cannot.
- Andrew Eldritch

Writing is no dying art form in America because most
published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity
of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
- Elizabeth George

What a revolting contrast exists in England between
the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.
- Flora Tristan

I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Good writers borrow from other writers.
Great writers steal from them outright.
- Aaron Sorkin

Writers are always selling somebody out.
- Joan Didion

I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good
at making outlines and sticking to them.
I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it.
It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.
- Neil Gaiman

Some writers hate to go to trials, but I love trials.
- Ann Rule

Ilike ideas writers have that I might not have written.
Writers are there for a reason...
to write for me.
- Tim Roth

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

The English may not always be the best writers in the world,
but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
- Raymond Chandler

Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
- Gore Vidal

How that works is our first season was the year we
had a threatened writers' strike,
so what we did was that instead of doing 22 episodes,
we did 30.
We put 10 in the bank.
- Christopher Meloni

I want to see the writers strike because the writers,
god bless them, are the only true commies we have in Hollywood.
- Ned Beatty

At one time if you were a black writer you had to be
one of the best writers in the world to be published.
You had to be great.
Now you can be good.
Mediocre.
And that's good.
- Walter Mosley

I've probably had my day in the sun.
I think I've influenced a lot of comic book writers.
- Harvey Pekar

Young writers find their first audience in little magazines,
and experimental writers find their only audience there.
- Robert Morgan

I'm always amazed by writers who tell me they plan
everything at the beginning.
I feel their writing days must be very bland.
- Rose Tremain

Writing can be a very solitary business.
It's you sat at a desk typing words into a computer.
It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives.
- Paul Kane

All that writers can do is keep trying to say what
is deepest in their hearts.
- Lloyd Alexander

Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders
because writers don't come together in real groups.
- Anne Rice

The thing with being on a series that runs that long
is that the writers run out of things to do.
- Ted Shackelford

And I have to consider myself fortunate,
because there are plenty of writers who spend most
of a lifetime looking for that certain something without ever finding it.
- Brian Lumley

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

I think film had a terrible effect on horror fiction particularly in the 80s,
with certain writers turning out stuff as slick and
cliched as Hollywood movies.
- Poppy Z. Brite

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally.
We have no writers who are recognized,
respected and loved outside the Arab world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I haven't stuck to any formula.
Most great writers stick to the same style,
but I wanted to be more various.
- Irwin Shaw

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for
readers to become more indolent;
whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining
knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
- Oliver Goldsmith

The writer isn't made in a vacuum.
Writers are witnesses.
The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses
to this terrifying century.
- E. L. Doctorow

There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors,
but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen.
That's why you get rhetoric.
- Dick Wolf

At the height of the McCarthy period,
writers were being hounded.
- Irwin Shaw

Great writers arrive among us like new diseases threatening,
powerful, impatient for patients to pick up their virus,
irresistible.
- Craig Raine

Women writers have been told, forever,
that our stories were not valuable.
Not as valuable as men's stories about wars,
business, power.
- Joyce Maynard

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
- Walter Bagehot

What we need is more women writers, writing for older women.
There are some actresses who have production companies
and create their own material,
and I truly admire that.
- Kathleen Turner

I feel it is time that I also pay tribute to my four writers,
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
- Fulton J. Sheen

With network shows, writers can be so protective of every syllable.
- Michael Shanks

As is said about most writers: on the one hand all
I ever did from when I was a child was read,
and I was a loner, which was furthered by my parents and my upbringing.
- Elfriede Jelinek

Writers would submit scripts to me, and if I liked
one well enough to submit to magazine editors,
I had the know-how whether the story was good or bad.
- Julius Schwartz

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

Writers write to influence their readers,
their preachers, their auditors, but always,
at bottom, to be more themselves.
- Aldous Huxley

Before you approach a production entity or even a potential producer,
you should write up a treatment and register your show
with the Writers Guild of America.
- Penelope Spheeris

Artists don't talk about art.
Artists talk about work.
If I have anything to say to young writers,
it's stop thinking of writing as art.
Think of it as work.
- Paddy Chayefsky

The first writers are first and the rest,
in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.
- Carl Van Doren

Writers say many true things about their own experiences
with publicity and promotion.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Writers are not just people who sit down and write.
They hazard themselves.
Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
- E. L. Doctorow

I suppose that writers should, in a way,
feel flattered by the censorship laws.
They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.
- John Mortimer

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics.
The ones who want to be writers read the reviews,
the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
- William Faulkner

But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when
I first started I chose to photograph many of the great
writers in this country to try and earn a living.
- Fay Godwin

Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers.
- Ken Follett

Writers are in the entertainment business,
and it gives me lots of pleasure to entertain my readers.
- Brian Lumley

Writing headlines is a specialty - there are outstanding
writers who will tell you they couldn't write a headline to save their lives.
- Bill Walsh

Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them,
but they riff.
- Carl Reiner

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers,
we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy
and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
- Stanley Crouch

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

I believe strongly in writing groups such as Romance
Writers Of America that offer support,
information and networking.
- Nora Roberts

I was a pretty good fighter.
But it was the writers who made me great.
- Jack Dempsey

Writers speak stench.
- Franz Kafka


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