Writers Quotes

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends and society are the natural enemies of a writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.

Laurence Clark Powell

A memorandum is written to protect the writer - not to inform his reader.

Dean Acheson

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.

William Wordsworth

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

The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one... If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.

William Faulkner

The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside

Samuel Johnson

Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

Aaron Sorkin

Few things are more tempting to a writer than to repeat, admiringly, what he has said before

John Kenneth Galbraith

A born writer is born scrofulous; his career is an accident dictated by physical or circumstantial disabilities.

Dylan Thomas

The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.

Sidonie Gabrielle

When you're a writer you no longer see things with the freshness of the normal person. There are always two figures that work inside you.

Brian Moore

When a writer knows home in his heart, his heart must remain subtly apart from it. He must always be a stranger to the place he loves, and its people.

William Morris

Any writer worth the name is always getting into one thing or getting out of another thing.

Fannie Hurst

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.

Karl Marx

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.

Marcel Achard

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.

Ernest Hemingway

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

Rod Sterling

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others

William Faulkner

If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.

Joyce Carol Oates

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

You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences

Anatole France

What no wife of a writer understands is that a writer is working when he's staring out the window.

Burton Rascoe

When a writer talks about his work, he's talking about a love affair.

Alfred Kazin

Asking a writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp post how it feels about dogs

Ann Landers

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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