Writers on writing

  • I struggled in the beginning. I said I was going to write the truth, so help me God. And I thought I was. I found I couldn’t. Nobody can write the absolute truth. – Henry Miller
  • A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind. – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right. – John K. Hutchens
  • How can I know what I think till I see what I say? – E.M. Forster
  • A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. – Karl Kraus
  • If you would be a reader, read,; if a writer, write. – Epictetus
  • The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it. – Ernest Hemingway
  • The waste basket is a writer’s best friend. – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast. – Logan Pearsall Smith
  • I’ve put my genius into my life; I’ve only put my talent into my works. – Oscar Wilde
  • There should be two main objectives in ordinary prose writing: to convey a message and to include in it nothing that will distract the reader’s attention or check his habitual pace of reading – he should feel that he is seated at ease in a taxi, not riding a temperamental horse through traffic. – Robert Graves and Allan Hodge
  • One way to looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness. – Harold Pinter
  • Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. – Erza Pound
  • My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I quote others in order to better express my own self. – Montaigne

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