Writers Quotes

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

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

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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