The waste basket is a writer's best friend.
The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
A good writer is basically a story-teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
There are two kinds of writers - the great ones who can give you truths, and the lesser ones, who can only give you themselves.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
Every writer, without exception, is a masochist, a sadist, a peeping Tom, an exhibitionist, a narcissist, an injustice collector and a depressed person constantly haunted by fears of unproductivity.
The best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you.
Writers are the engineers of human souls.
I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.
Writers should be read - but neither seen nor heard.
The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.
There is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
Every writer has to make an emotional journey from artist sitting in attic to being part of a business. The writer of a film is like Tinkerbell. You are only there because people believe in you. The moment they don't, because you're a pain the arse, you've lost.
It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.
I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
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.
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.
The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.
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