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A. J. Liebling
I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
Anne Sexton
When I'm writing, I know I'm doing the thing I was born to do.
Bill Clinton
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
Blaise Pascal
I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.
C.S. Lewis
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations.
Don't say it was 'delightful'; make us say 'delightful' when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers 'Please, will you do the job for me?'
Cyril Connolly
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Ernest Hemingway
Write drunk; edit sober.
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.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Flannery O'Connor
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Fran Lebowitz
Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.
Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.
Frank Lloyd Wright
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
George Orwell
For a creative writer possession of the 'truth'' is less important than emotional sincerity.
GK Chesterton
The only right way of telling a story is to begin at the beginning--at the beginning of the world. Therefore all books have to be begun in the wrong way for the sake of brevity.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
Gloria Steinem
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.