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Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.

Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one - it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.

Steven Wright

Tears are words that need to be written.

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds

Douglas Adams

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear, or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life, and one is as good as the other.

I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset - tears are words waiting to be written.

It took me 40 years to write my first book.

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

Mother Teresa

I have my favorite cat who is my paperweight on my desk while I am writing.

A writer's job is to tell the truth.

Each age it is found must write its own books, or rather each generation for the next succeeding.

No, it's not a very good story - its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

Maya Angelou

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.

The great mass of humanity should never learn to read or write.

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

John Ruskin

Nobody can write the life of a man, but those who have eat, and drunk, and lived in social intercourse with him.

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides, and in this respect it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time.

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.

A person who can write a long letter with ease cannot write ill.

I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don't hurt me because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.

I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very", your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story, rife with character and plot.

Method is not less requisite in conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.

Ideally a book would have no order to it and the reader would have to discover his own.

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge.

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation.

Oscar Wilde

Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.

Gustave Flaubert

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.

Benjamin Franklin

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.

Maya Angelou

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

Ernest Hemingway

Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?

Paulo Coelho

'Tis easy to write epigrams nicely but to write a book is hard

Marcus Aurelius

I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write.

George W. Bush

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.

Alexander Pope

Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer, because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.

Paulo Coelho

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.


About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

Josh Billings

History should be written as philosophy.


Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels, and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.

Gore Vidal

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Kahlil Gibran

One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.

William Shakespeare

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

Oscar Wilde

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

Hunter S. Thompson

I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.

Carl Sandburg

Sometimes reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled and can no longer spell or write a sentence.

Alice Walker

I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.

Ernest Hemingway

The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.

Agatha Christie

Until I became a published writer I remained completely ignorant of books on how to write and courses on the subject... they would have spoiled my natural style, made me observe caution, would have hedged me with rules.

Isaac Asimov

One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.

Gertrude Stein

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.

Steve Martin

My books are like water, those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.

Mark Twain

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid stable business.

John Steinbeck

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand, I teach in order to learn.

Robert Frost

Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute.

Franklin Pierce Adams

The only thing I shy away from is non-consensual violence. I can't write a story where someone is a simple victim because it's boring.

Chuck Palahniuk

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.

Robert Frost

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

Many books require no thought from those who read them and for a very simple reason, they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.

Charles Caleb Colton

To write well express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.


I'd have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.

Paulo Coelho

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

Ernest Hemingway

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

Mark Twain

Kudos to the educators, athletes, dancers, judges, janitors, politicians, artists, actors, writers, singers, poets and social activist, to all who dare to look at like with humor, determination and respect

Maya Angelou

I feel the emotion that life conjures up and the songs I write get me closer to my feelings and realising who I am. It's a natural process.

Taylor Swift

Words are only painted fire, a look is the fire itself.

Mark Twain

Who then to frail mortality shall trust, But limns the water or but writes in dust.

Francis Bacon

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book and does.

Groucho Marx

I think I've really exhausted the magical. It was a lot of fun, but I've put it behind me for the time being.

J. K. Rowling

Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.

Herman Hesse

Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks.

Babe Ruth

I guess what people forget sometimes is that when I write songs, I write them sometimes in about 20 minutes.

Alanis Morissette

The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter, because some new idea has hit me.

Ray Bradbury

We do not need to proselytise, either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.

Mahatma Gandhi

But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric - and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.

Lord Byron

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.

John Steinbeck

You just don't wake up one day and decide that you need to write songs.

Bob Dylan

For a creative writer possession of the 'truth' is less important than emotional sincerity.

George Orwell

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company

Lord Byron

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.

Maya Angelou

I've been asked this question so many times - 'do you feel you need to write a book for adults?' No, I don't need to write a book for adults.

J. K. Rowling

You must stay drunk on writing, so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading, or do things worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it.

Alanis Morissette

Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind, and I like to write standing up.

Ernest Hemingway

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

I try to tell a story the way someone would tell you a story in a bar, with the same kind of timing and pacing.

Chuck Palahniuk

The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.

Dave Barry

If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen particularly.

Alan Watts

Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

Mark Twain

Authors have established it as a kind of rule that a man ought to be dull sometimes, as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.

Joseph Addison

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.


You can tell a more over-the-top incredible story if you use a nonfiction form.

Chuck Palahniuk

You know the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, and like writing a story you follow a lead and that leads you to something else, and then by the time you finish the story is nothing like you expected.

William Shatner

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long, and the age of the great epics is past.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

And they write innumerable books, being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation and dodging his emptiness.

T. S. Eliot

Today writers want to impress other writers.

Paulo Coelho

That is sad, until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.

Gore Vidal

Biography lends to death a new terror.

Oscar Wilde

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.

Winston Churchill

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of lying.

Oscar Wilde

I start drawing and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.

Dr. Seuss

I'm clearly most well known for my music. Eventually ultimately I'll be writing books. I'm still writing articles now. I just consider myself a writer.

Alanis Morissette

I had this dream to become a writer since I was a teenager.

Paulo Coelho

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement, then it becomes a mistress and then it becomes a master and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him out to the public.

Winston Churchill

We don't have to think up a title till we get the doggone book written.

Carl Sandburg

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.

Mark Twain

And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.

J. K. Rowling

I think it was very impertinent of him to write to you at all, and very hypocritical. I hate such false friends. Why could not he keep on quarrelling with you as his father did before him?

Jane Austen

Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.

Oscar Wilde

How can you contrive to write so even?

Jane Austen

I think I did pretty well considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.

Steve Martin

One of Edward's Mistresses was Jane Shore who has had a play written about her, but it is a tragedy and therefore not worth reading.

Jane Austen

At some point I would like to write a book and other things but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.

Alanis Morissette

Swedenborg is the Angel sitting at the tomb: his writings are the linen clothes folded up.

William Blake

As a playwright you can cover a lot of waterfront without being able to hold your own against an expert in any of those areas. I have no illusions about that.

Tom Stoppard