Writers Quotes

Albert Camus

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.. Albert Camus
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

George R.R. Martin

Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.. George R.R. Martin
Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.


If you wish to be a writer, write.

Stephen King

Quiet people have the loudest minds.. Stephen King
Quiet people have the loudest minds.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

There are more writers who read than readers who write.

Stacey T. Hunt

Never give up. Dare to Dream. Dare to believe.. Stacey T. Hunt
Never give up. Dare to Dream. Dare to believe.

Michael Bassey Johnson

As long as music survives, poetry will never die.. Michael Bassey Johnson
As long as music survives, poetry will never die.

Yury Olesha

Writers are engineers of human souls.

Joy Fielding

Give a hundred writers the same idea and you'll get a hundred different stories.

N. Scott Momaday

Writing is not a matter of choice. Writers have to write. It is somehow in their temperament, in the blood, in tradition.

Donald Trump

You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.

Vita Sackville-West

Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.

Natsuki Takaya

A novelist can’t be without a kimono and pen!(Shigure)

Gordon B. Hinckley

All writers should be put in a box and thrown in the sea.

André Gide

I do not love men: I love what devours them.

Red Haircrow

Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.

Michel Houellebecq

Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.

Junot Díaz

In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.

Muriel Rukeyser

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Brian Keene

Good ideas stay with you until you eventually write the story.

Tom Bissell

A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.

Eric T. Benoit

The job of a writer is not to convey emotion but to invoke it.

Nikki Rowe

We all have a vision, a dream to hope for.
Some chase it and some wish upon it..
Who do you think, wins?
the chaser finds ways to create it, regardless of the fight, the wisher finds way to excuse it, because courage doesn't fill their hearts.

E.A. Bucchianeri

One piece of wisdom a writer quickly learns ~ typos keep you humble.

Kage Baker

I want you to tell all these people that I wanted more time to spend with them. Tell them I meant to, tell them I wanted to hear what they said and tell them what was on my mind.

Lailah Gifty Akita

We are inspired by divine power to write.

Roman Payne

The lot of the bride
to be wed before bed
desired until rotten.
The lot of the author
to be read before bed
admired then forgotten.

Madeleine L'Engle

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

Thomas Mann

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Ishmael Reed

No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.

Charles Bukowski

great writers are indecent people
they live unfairly
saving the best part for paper.

good human beings save the world
so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
become immortal.
if you read this after I am dead
it means I made it.

Cornelia Funke

Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?

Ray Bradbury

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The
The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends..
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

Lisa See

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

Ray Bradbury

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me.
Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

Orson Scott Card

You know how writers are... they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they
You know how writers are... they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves.

Rita Mae Brown

Writers will happen in the best of families.

Besa Kosova

Writers write while dreamers procastinate.

Kim Addonizio

. . . All artists’ work is autobiographical. Any writer’s work is a map of their psyche. You can really see what their concerns are, what their obsessions are, and what interests them.

Gustave Flaubert

You don’t make art out of good intentions.

Fran Lebowitz

The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.

Karl Popper

No book can ever be finished. While working on it we learn just enough to find it immature the moment we turn away from it

Julian Barnes

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly.

Anaïs Nin

A big enough artist, I say, can eat anything, must eat everything and then alchemize it. Only the feeble writer is afraid of expansion.

Walter Benjamin

Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.

Washington Irving

Others may write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart will always understand him.

Gustave Flaubert

The public wants work which flatters its illusions.

Besa Kosova

I wasn't born to cook or clean,
but to read and write,
if you don't like me the way I am,
then go fly a kite.

Norman Mailer

The writer can grow as a person or he can shrink. ... His curiosity, his reaction to life must not diminish. The fatal thing is to shrink, to be interested in less, sympathetic to less, desiccating to the point where life itself loses its flavor, and one’s passion for human understanding changes to weariness and distaste.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.

François-René De Chateaubriand

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

Marcel Proust

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

Charlotte Brontë

Writers cannot choose their own mood: with them it is not always hide-tide, nor -thank Heaven!-always
Writers cannot choose their own mood: with them it is not always hide-tide, nor -thank Heaven!-always Storm.

Jyrki Vainonen

Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize the light.

Rudyard Kipling

(An unhappy childhood was not) an unsuitable preparation for my future, in that it demanded a constant wariness, the habit of observation, and the attendance on moods and tempers; the noting of discrepancies between speech and action; a certain reserve of demeanour; and automatic suspicion of sudden favours.

Red Haircrow

Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it's flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotion spent before I began a new story. My characters are my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.

Vita Sackville-West

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.

Roland Barthes

The text you write must prove to me that it desires me. This proof exists: it is writing. Writing is: the science of the various blisses of language, its Kama Sutra (this science has but one treatise: writing itself).

Roman Payne

Who’s to say what a ‘literary life’ is? As long as you are writing often, and writing well, you don’t need to be hanging-out in libraries all the time.
Nightclubs are great literary research centers. So is Ibiza!

Bertolt Brecht

People who understand everything get no stories.

Julian Barnes

Everything you invent is true: you can be sure of that. Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry.

William Gibson

To present a whole world that doesn’t exist and make it seem real, we have to more or less pretend we’re polymaths. That’s just the act of all good writing.

Anne Fadiman

Pen-bereavement is a serious matter.

Chitralekha Paul

And people turn to internet with the hope that in this virtual world, where real identity need not be disclosed, they will find someone before whom they could be their true self,without any pretensions and get an opportunity to release the pent-up emotions and feel light.

Roman Payne

Who is better off? The one who writes to revel in the voluptuousness of the life that surrounds them? Or the one who writes to escape the tediousness of that which awaits them outside? Whose flame will last longer?

Gore Vidal

You can't really succeed with a novel anyway; they're too big. It's like city planning. You can't plan a perfect city because there's too much going on that you can't take into account. You can, however, write a perfect sentence now and then. I have.

Jean Little

Your only responsibility as a writer is to be true to the story that has chosen you as its writer.

Gustave Flaubert

In my view, the novelist has no right to express his opinions on the things of this world. In creating, he must imitate God: do his job and then shut up.

Julio Cortázar

Skill alone cannot teach or produce a great short story, which condenses the obsession of the creature; it is a hallucinatory presence manifest from the first sentence to fascinate the reader, to make him lose contact with the dull reality that surrounds him, submerging him in another that is more intense and compelling.

Charles Baudelaire

He possessed the logic of all good intentions and a knowledge of all the tricks of his trade, and yet he never succeeded at anything, because he believed too much in the impossible. Surprising? Why so? He was forever in the act of conceiving it!

Gustave Flaubert

One day, I shall explode like an artillery shell and all my bits will be found on the writing table.

Fran Lebowitz

All the time I'm not writing I feel like a criminal. It's horrible to feel felonious every second of the day. It's much more relaxing to actually write.

Arthur Holitscher

I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.

Gustave Flaubert

Better to work for yourself alone. You do as you like and follow your own ideas, you admire yourself and please yourself: isn’t that the main thing? And then the public is so stupid. Besides, who reads? And what do they read? And what do they admire?

Chitralekha Paul

In the name of being social, we learn to ignore our natural instinct.
Society keeps dictating do's and don'ts which we keep obeying day in and day out.

David Gerrold

To say that a writer's hold on reality is tenuous is an understatement-it's like saying the Titanic had a rough crossing. Writer's build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home. The only difference between a writer and a crazy person is that a writer gets paid for it.

Stephen King

I've met talespinners before, Jake, and they're all cut more or less from the same cloth. They tell tales because they're afraid of life.

Julian Barnes

The best life for a writer is the life which helps him write the best books he can.

Julian Barnes

Everything in art depends on execution: the story of a louse can be as beautiful as the story of Alexander. You must write according to your feelings, be sure those feelings are true, and let everything else go hang. When a line is good it ceases to belong to any school. A line of prose must be as immutable as a line of poetry.

Felisberto Hernández

I do not believe that I should only write about what I know but that I should write also of the other.

Julian Barnes

The writer has little control over personal temperament, none over historical moment, and is only partly in charge of his or her own aesthetic.

Mignon McLaughlin

There's only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that's a writer sitting down to write.

Junot Díaz

In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.

Nelson Algren

A book, a true book, is the writer's confessional. For, whether he would have it so or not, he is betrayed, directly or indirectly, by his characters, into presenting publicly his innermost feelings.

Stephen King

I believe the first draft of a book - even a long one - should take no more than three months…Any longer and - for me, at least - the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch from the Romanian Department of Public Affairs, or something broadcast on high-band shortwave duiring a period of severe sunspot activity.

Roman Payne

Rich will be my life if I
can keep my memories full
and brimming, and record
them on clear-eyed
mornings while I set
joyously to work setting
pen to holy craft.

Lauren B. Davis

If you are a real writer, then just surrender to the writer's life, all of it, even the bad stuff. When you do that, the beauty appears: the peace, the meaning, the joy, the fulfillment, the sense that you are doing what you were born to do and what could be better, in the end, than that?

Vicki Grove

Writers are archeologists of themselves.

Gustave Flaubert

Come, let’s be calm: no one incapable of restraint was ever a writer.

Jan Neruda

No one has the right to enter literature without fresh new ideas. We’ve got too many dexterous drudges as it is.

Gustave Flaubert

When one does something, one must do it wholly and well. Those bastard existences where you sell suet all day and write poetry at night are made for mediocre minds – like those horses that are equally good for saddle and carriage, the worst kind, that can neither jump a ditch nor pull a plow.

Meagan Spooner

Writer's block' is just a fancy way of saying 'I don't feel like doing any work today.

Jeffrey Eugenides

She thought a writer should work harder writing a book than she did reading it.

Red Haircrow

I write to believe in goodness.

Christina Westover

Be passionate about what you write, believe in your ability to convey timeless ideas, and let no one tell you what what you're capable of.

Peter Brooks

Woman, especially her sexuality, provides the object of endless commentary , description, supposition. But the result of all the telling only deepens the enigma and makes woman's erotic force something that male storytelling can never quite explain or contain.

William Hazlitt

The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote.

Julian Barnes

If the writer were more like a reader, he’d be a reader, not a writer. It’s as uncomplicated as that.

Gustave Flaubert

The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel.

Lytton Strachey

A writer’s promise is like a tiger’s smile

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