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WRITERS
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The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
      - Walter Bagehot

They lard their lean books with the fat of others' works.
      - Robert Burton

A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

If a young writer can refrain from writing, he shouldn't hesitate to do so.
      - Andre Gide

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
      - Karl Kraus

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
      - Sinclair Lewis

The writers who have nothing to say, are the ones you can buy, the others have too high a price.
      - Walter Lippmann

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.
      - Norman Mailer

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
      - Thomas Mann

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
      - Thomas Mann

The moral I draw is that the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success.
      - William Somerset Maugham,
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The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter.
      - Marcel Proust

If a law were passed giving six months to every writer of a first book, only the good ones would do it.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

The writer's duty is to keep on writing.
      - William Styron

Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.
      - Robert Penn Warren

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.
      - William Wordsworth


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