Quotes about Writer

Such bickerings to recount, met often in these our writers, what more worth is it than to chronicle the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air?

John Milton

One writer, for instance, excels at a plan or a title-page, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index.

Oliver Goldsmith

The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.

Edmund Burke

In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.

Pliny the Elder

Writers differ with respect to the apophthegms of the Seven Sages, attributing the same one to various authors.

Diogenes Laërtius

My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Old Testament

To a writer the brain's greatest achievement is literature

Literature clearly has something to do with not forcing the reader into a state of mind (or physicality) which places the writer in a position of advantage over him.

And yet he was supposed to start thinking of death. It was the leaving of things unfinished that was so intolerable. It was all very well for Jesus Christ, not himself a writer though no mean orator, to talk about not thinking of the morrow. If you’d started a long poem you had to think of the bloody morrow.

On Flaubert's 3 Contes: They are not quite short stories as we know them, then, yet to any modern writer, in whatever language, these are recommended as a fundamental textbook of style

If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence

Joyce was so little of a visual writer that he created characters one can hardly see

Nobody ought to think that he is worth writing about. This is especially true of professional writers. They are not remarkable people, and if they are novelists they are particularly lacking in interest.

Mastery never comes and one serves a lifelong apprenticeship. The writer cannot retire from the battle; he dies fighting

Fiction deals with the external world, where things are coloured, and the fiction writer has to get the colours right

I did not wish to be known as a poet or critic or short-story writer. But I did not object to being known as a good journalist

Though we regard a novelist as a writer whose tade is the production of novels - in the plural - we must still take seriously those authors who have been limited, either by circumstances beyond their control, of which death is the least compromising, or by deliberate self-denial, to the production of a single novel

The new books were full of sex and death, perhaps the only materials for a writer

Writers of fiction often have difficulty in deciding between what really happened and what they imagine as having happened .. we lie for a living

No writer is above language. Writers are language. Each is his own language

Writers in time transfer the mendacity of their craft to the other areas of their lives

Every fiction writer ought, once in his lifetime, to be forced to fulfil in fact what he had fashioned in fancy

I was a young, a very young and immature man who believed it eas a fine thing to be a writer

We musicians and writers, always on the move

I know a bit about life - I have to, I'm a writer

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