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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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