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  • #1
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #2
    Bruce Springsteen
    “You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above.”
    Bruce Springsteen

  • #3
    Sylvia Plath
    “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #4
    Carson McCullers
    “Any form of art can only develop by means of single mutations by individual creators. If only traditional conventions are used an art will die, and the widening of an art form is bound to seem strange at first, and awkward. Any growing thing must go through awkward stages. The creator who is misunderstood because of his breach of convention may say to himself, 'I seem strange to you, but anyway I am alive.”
    Carson McCullers

  • #5
    Flannery O'Connor
    “Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
    Flannery O'Connor

  • #6
    Bruce Springsteen
    “More than rich, more than famous, more than happy...I wanted to be great.”
    Bruce Springsteen

  • #7
    Emily Dickinson
    “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #8
    Sylvia Plath
    “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #9
    T.S. Eliot
    “Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #9
    Ernest Becker
    “To live fully is to live with an awareness of the rumble of terror that underlies everything.”
    Ernest Becker

  • #10
    Bruce Springsteen
    “Is a dream a lie if it don't come true? Or is it something worse?”
    Bruce Springsteen, Songs: Bruce Springsteen

  • #11
    Flannery O'Connor
    “Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”
    Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

  • #12
    William Faulkner
    “I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.”
    William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

  • #13
    Ray Bradbury
    “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

  • #15
    Cormac McCarthy
    “I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else.”
    Cormac McCarthy

  • #16
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday dont count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it's made out of. Nothin else. You might think you could run away and change your name and I dont know what all. Start over. And then one mornin you wake up and look at the ceilin and guess who's layin there?”
    Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

  • #17
    Paul Simon
    “She said a good day ain't got no rain
    She said a bad day is when I lie in the bed
    And I think of things that might have been”
    Paul Simon

  • #18
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Bagombo Snuff Box

  • #19
    Virginia Woolf
    “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • #20
    Keith Richards
    “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.”
    Keith Richards

  • #21
    Sylvia Plath
    “Out of the ash
    I rise with my red hair
    and I eat men like air.”
    Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition

  • #22
    Anne Sexton
    “When I'm writing, I know I'm doing the thing I was born to do.”
    Anne Sexton

  • #23
    Cormac McCarthy
    “Creative work is often driven by pain. It may be that if you don't have something in the back of your head driving you nuts, you may not do anything. It's not a good arrangement. If I were God, I wouldn't have done it that way.

    [Interview, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2009]”
    Cormac McCarthy



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