Writers Quotes

A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard-by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.

Archibald MacLeish

Our writers are full of cliches just as old barns are full of bats. There is obviously no rule about this, except that anything that you suspect of being a cliche undoubtedly is one and had better be removed.

Wolcott Gibbs

If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.

Irvin S. Cobb

There is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.

Joan Didion

Writers should be read - but neither seen nor heard.

Daphne du Maurier

I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.

T. S. Eliot

Writers are the engineers of human souls.

Joseph Stalin

There are two kinds of writers - the great ones who can give you truths, and the lesser ones, who can only give you themselves.

Clifton Fadiman

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.

Thomas Berger

Every well-written book is a light for me. When you write, you use other writers and their books as guides in the wilderness.

Kate DiCamillo

I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future. People who do not want writers to write about violence want to stop them writing about us and our time. It would be immoral not to write about violence.

Edward Bond

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite

Edward Albee

All good song-writers have no more than half a dozen good tunes in their systems, and if they have that many, they are liberally blessed.

Irving Berlin

One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world therefore swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied, but to be read.

Samuel Johnson

In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is

Geoffrey Cottrell

Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

Aaron Sorkin

Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be.

Mary Wortley Montagu

A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

Ring Lardner

Live action writers will give you a structure, but who the hell is talking about structure? Animation is closer to jazz than some kind of classical stage structure.

Ralph Bakshi

Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs, making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is.

Jose Saramago

Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.

Dan Greenburg

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

The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.

Cyril Connolly

Writers will happen in the best of families.

Rita Mae Brown

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