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  • #1
    Pablo Picasso
    “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
    Pablo Picasso

  • #2
    Ernest Hemingway
    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #3
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #4
    Oscar Wilde
    “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #5
    Robert Frost
    “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
    Robert Frost

  • #6
    Jack Kerouac
    “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
    Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

  • #7
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

  • #8
    Virginia Woolf
    “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #9
    Kahlil Gibran
    “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
    That we may record our emptiness.”
    Kahlil Gibran

  • #10
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Always be a poet, even in prose.”
    Charles Baudelaire

  • #11
    Peter De Vries
    “Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.”
    Peter De Vries, Reuben, Reuben

  • #12
    Pablo Neruda
    “I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #13
    Benjamin Franklin
    “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”
    Albert Camus

  • #15
    Franz Kafka
    “I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #16
    Robert Frost
    “To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.”
    Robert Frost

  • #17
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

  • #18
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #19
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #20
    George Orwell
    “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
    George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

  • #21
    Roald Dahl
    “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it”
    Roald Dahl

  • #22
    Marcel Proust
    “It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #23
    William Faulkner
    “Don't be 'a writer'. Be writing.”
    William Faulkner

  • #24
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #25
    Paulo Coelho
    “Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum.”
    Paulo Coelho

  • #26
    William Faulkner
    “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

  • #27
    Truman Capote
    “You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.”
    Truman Capote

  • #28
    Umberto Eco
    “Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.”
    Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose

  • #29
    Philip Roth
    “I don’t ask writers about their work habits. I really don’t care. Joyce Carol Oates says somewhere that when writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out, "Is he as crazy as I am?" I don’t need that question answered.”
    Philip Roth

  • #30
    Charles Bukowski
    “Writing is something that you don't know how to do. You sit down and it's something that happens, or it may not happen. So, how can you teach anybody how to write? It's beyond me, because you yourself don't even know if you're going to be able to. I'm always worried, well, you know, every time I go upstairs with my wine bottle. Sometimes I'll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don't go up there to write. The typewriter's up there. If it doesn't start moving, I say, well this could be the night that I hit the dust.”
    Charles Bukowski



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