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Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Who casts to write a living line, must sweat.
      - Ben Jonson

The mind conceives with pain, but it brings forth with delight.
      - Joseph Joubert

Write in recollection and amazement for yourself.
      - Jack Kerouac

A good author, and one who writes carefully, often discovers that the expression of which he has been in search without being able to discover it, and which he has at last found, is that which was the most simple, the most natural, and which seems as if it ought to have presented itself at once, without effort, to the mind.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

When genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.
      - Doris Lessing

I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
      - A.J. Liebling

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
      - Bernard Malamud

If you wish to write well, study the life about you,--life in the public streets.
      - Horace Mann

A man who writes well writes not as others write, but as he himself writes; it is often in speaking badly that he speaks well.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Good writing is like a windowpane.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

The world agrees
  That he writes well who writes with ease.
      - Matthew Prior

It smells of midnight oil. [An elaborate piece.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

It smells of the lamp.
  [Lat., Olet lucernam.]
      - Proverb

Turn the stylus often.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
      - Jules Renard

Whatever may be our natural talents, the art of writing is not acquired all at once.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The first rule, indeed by itself virtually a sufficient condition for good style, is to have something to say.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
      - Delmore Schwartz

To be a well-favored man is the gift of fortune; but to read and write comes by nature.
      - William Shakespeare

We have some writers so abstruse and deep that they drown themselves in their fathomless sentences.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
      - Sydney Smith

Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit at a typewriter and open a vein.
      - Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

Writings may be compared to wine. Sense is the strength, but wit the flavor.
      - Laurence Sterne

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