"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing." 

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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."

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"I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within."



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"Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish." 

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"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced."

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"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."

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"Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being."



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"Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college." 

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"You can make anything by writing." 

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"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."

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"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly."

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"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."

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"Half my life is an act of revision." 

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"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good."



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"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in."

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"Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window."

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Benjamin Franklin

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

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"Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences."

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"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative."



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"One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple."

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"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."

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"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."

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"Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write." 

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"When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. "

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"Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money."

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"A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time--proof that humans can work magic."

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"Always be a poet, even in prose."

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"Writers live twice."



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"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

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"I write to discover what I know."



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"To survive, you must tell stories."

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"A word after a word after a word is power."

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"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."

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"As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand." 

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"A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends." 

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"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme."

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"Words are a lens to focus one's mind." 

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"Writing is its own reward." 

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"A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God." 

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"I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged."



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"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."

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"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."

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"You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write."



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"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." 

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"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

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"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."

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"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

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"Tears are words that need to be written."

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"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." 

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"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."

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