Writers Quotes

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

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.

Thomas Wolfe

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.

Edmund Bergler

The best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you.

Samuel Johnson

Writers are the engineers of human souls.

Joseph Stalin

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

T. S. Eliot

Writers should be read - but neither seen nor heard.

Daphne du Maurier

The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.

Ernest Hemingway

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

Joan Didion

An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

Francois Rene De Chateaubriand

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.

Julian Fellowes

It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.

Margaret Anderson

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

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

You cannot be a good writer of serious fiction if you are not depressed

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.

Leo Rosten

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.

William Faulkner

The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.

Elia Kaza

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.

Cyril Connolly

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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