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

The writer is committed when he plunges to the very depths of himself with the intent to disclose, not his individuality, but his person in the complex society that conditions and supports him.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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

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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