Writers Quotes

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

Robert Frost

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

Irvin S. Cobb

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

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

The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly

Julian Barnes

What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.

Salman Rushdie

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.

John Steinbeck

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.

John Updike

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

W. H. Auden

The original writer is not he who does not imitate others, but he who can be imitated by none

FranÁois R. Chateaubriand

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 good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.

Lawrence Clark Powell

Even the best writer has to erase

Spanish Proverb

Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone.

Susan Sontag

A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.

P. L. Travers

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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