Writing quotes and quotations
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties.
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
H. G. Wells
Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing.
Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
It's not enough to create magic. You have to create a price for magic, too. You have to create rules.
Eric A. Burns
You ask me why I do not write something....I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.
Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
C. S. Lewis
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C. S. Lewis
Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
Charles Caleb Colton
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
Daphne du Maurier
Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.
After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers, he had decided to write for Posterity.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Charles de Montesquieu
This is pretty much what journals are all about, at least to me. I knew as I wrote them that even though they provided an excellent place for brain (and heart, and psyche) dump, they were mainly a map of me.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
George Bernard Shaw
This is the sixth book I've written, which isn't bad for a guy who's only read two.