Writing Quotes Quotes

If you are a married man resident in Cuba, you cannot get a passport to go to the next town without your wife's permission in writing.

Edward Burnett Tylor

I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important.

Judy Collins

I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.

Bruce Springsteen

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.

Alan Bennett

Unlike any other form of writing, the stories of episodic television require the blended imagination, talent, and tenacity of a staff of writers.

Daniel Petrie

A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.

Henry Miller

I have learned by some experience, by many examples, and by the writings of countless others before me, also occupied in the search, that certain environments, certain modes of life, certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Writing must always have intention because words have power.

Suheir Hammad

The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives, but it also has become a metaphor for our century. There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it. Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him.

Aharon Appelfeld

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Ernest Hemingway

The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated, inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be. Nobody talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of the Goddess Flora.

Ketzel Levine

Style in painting is the same as in writing a power over materials, whether words or colours, by which conceptions or sentiments are conveyed.

Sir Joshua Reynolds

That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.

Jackson Browne

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.

Eliot, T. S.

Writing is a crummy profession, but a good hobby.

Paavo Haavikko

Easy reading is damned hard writing.

Anonymous

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once

Cyril Connolly

It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writing than to put one principle into practice

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

Laurie Anderson

Photography is a system of visual editing. At bottom, it is a matter of surrounding with a frame a portion of one's cone of vision, while standing in the right place at the right time. Like chess, or writing, it is a matter of choosing from among given possibilities, but in the case of photography the number of possibilities is not finite but infinite.

John Szarkowski

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

Booker T. Washington

If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.

William Zinsser

Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish.

Monica Dickens
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