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My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel.
      - Edward Abbey

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
      - Dean Acheson

Write what should not be forgotten.
      - Isabel Allende

Every kind of writing is hypocritical.
      - Max Beerbohm

I write scripts to serve as skeletons awaiting the flesh and sinew of images.
      - Ingmar Bergman

The habit of committing our thoughts to writing is a powerful means of expanding the mind, and producing a logical and systematic arrangement of our views and opinions. It is this which gives the writer a vast superiority, as to the accuracy and extent of his conceptions, over the mere talker. No one can ever hope to know the principles of any art or science thoroughly who does not write as well as read upon the subject.
      - William Garden Blaikie

You fail only if you stop writing.
      - Ray Bradbury

To write well is to think well, to feel well, and to render well; it is to possess at once intellect, soul, and taste.
      - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Writing well is at one and the same time good thinking, good feeling, and good expression; it is having wit, soul, and taste, all together.
      - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

How much more cruel the pen may be than the sword.
      - Robert Burton

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.
      - Truman Capote

Pen and ink is wit's plough.
      - John Clarke

When writing about transcendental issues, be transcendentally clear.
      - Rene Descartes,
        "Calculus Gems" by G.F. Simmons

To write for a living, according to Mr. Whipple, is coquetting with starvation.
      - Francis Alexander Durivage

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
      - T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot)

He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you would learn to write, it is in the street you must learn it. Both for the vehicle and for the aims of fine arts, you must frequent the public square. The people, and not the college, is the writer's home. A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Setting down in writing, is a lasting memory.
      - Henry Fielding

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.
      - Anne Frank

The best style of writing, as well as the most forcible, is the plainest.
      - Horace Greeley

Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.
      - Ernest Hemingway

The first draft of anything is shit.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
      - Oliver Herford

Fine writing, according to Mr. Addison, consists of sentiments which are natural without being obvious.
      - David Hume

He who writes much will not easily escape a manner, such a recurrence of particular modes as may be easily noted.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")


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