Quotes Corner: E.L. Doctorow

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
  • “History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.”
  • “It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
  • “Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”
  • “The writer isn’t made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.”
  • “Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.”
  • “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
  • “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

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Quotes Corner: Mark Twain

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “We write frankly and fearlessly but then we ‘modify’ before we print.”
  • “It is no use to keep private information which you can’t show off.”
  • “You need not expect to get your book right the first time. Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by.”
  • “The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.”
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
  • “I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”

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Quotes Corner: Allen Ginsberg

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
  • “I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator.”
  • “My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.”
  • “Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.”
  • “The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.”
  • ““I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks… And think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries… Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don’t bother about sentences …”

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Quotes Corner: From All Over


With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.” – Harold Acton.
  • “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anais Nin.
  • “A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” – Charles Peguy.
  • “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath.
  • “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison.
  • “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.” – Mark Twain.
  • “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth.
  • “The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” – Vladimir Nabokov.
  • “The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it.” – Jules Renard.
  • “When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.  But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.” – Samuel Lover.
  • “A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.” – Karl Kraus.
  • “Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Quotes Corner: Ray Bradbury

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
  • “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”
  • “Love is easy, and I love writing. You can’t resist love. You get an idea, someone says something, and you’re in love.”
  • “Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”
  • “You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.”
  • “You fail only if you stop writing.”
  • “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Happy Writing!

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Quotes Corner: Salman Rushdie

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With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”
  • “Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.”
  • “Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.”
  • “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”
  • “A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”
  • “In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.”
  • “It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.”
  • What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.”
  • “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
  • “What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.”
  • “The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.”

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Quotes Corner: Michael Crichton

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With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.”
  • “Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
  • “In the information society, nobody thinks. We expect to banish paper, but we actually banish thought.”
  • “It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.”
  • “Discovery is always rape of the natural world. Always.”
  • “I ma certain there is too much certainty in the world.”
  • “Conventional wisdom is invariably out of date. Because in the time it has taken to become conventional–to become what everyone believes–the world has moved on. Conventional wisdom is a remnant of the past.”
  • “It was the job of art to bring true feelings alive. To shock people into awareness.”
  • “There is always a cause for fear. The cause may change over time, but the fear is always with us.”

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Quotes Corner: James Joyce

 

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With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.”
  • “Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
  • “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.”
  • “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.”
  • “Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.”
  • “Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.”
  • “Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.”
  • “The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails”
  • “While you have a thing it can be taken from you… but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.”

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Quotes Corner: Grab Bag

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” — John Jakes.
  • “The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.” — Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • “Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” — E.L. Doctorow.
  • “Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.” — Nadine Gordimer.
  • “Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” — Don Delillo.
  • “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” — Joan Didion.
  • “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.” — Winston Churchill.
  • “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” — E.L. Doctorow.
  • “The important thing in writing is the capacity to astonish. Not shock – shock is a worn-out word – but astonish.” — Terry Southern.
  • “The important thing in writing is the capacity to astonish. Not shock – shock is a worn-out word – but astonish.” — Octavia Butler.
  • “The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.” — Ralph Ellison.

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Quotes Corner: Samuel Beckett

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
  • “All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.”
  • “I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.”
  • “I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.”
  • “In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.”
  • “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it’s the most comical thing in the world.”
  • “Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile… a stain upon the silence.”
  • “To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.”

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