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The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
It could be argued that every age gets the comfort savagery writer it deserves.
No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament, except to think him overdoing everything.
Some say that Cusk has no sense of humour, but expecting giggles from this writer would be akin to expecting sonnets from Benny Hill.
The main impetus for being a writer is thinking, 'I could invent another world. I'm not terribly keen on this one.'
For a writer, for the solitude to write, you don't need a room of your own, you need a house.
I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing, so that it is now possible for any writer with a book to get it published at nominal cost or free, and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
I think of myself as a realistic writer, not a creator of soap opera or melodrama.
To be a writer you have to be out in the world, you have to risk yourself in the world, you have to be immersed in the world, you have to go out looking for it. This becomes harder as you get older because there's less energy, the days are shorter for older people and it's not so easy to go out and immerse oneself in the world outside.
V. S. Naipaul
Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment. Everyone in his time admired him but I think right now he's not spoken of enough.
The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen.
John Millington Synge
I'm not a pop song lyric writer. I can't just focus on one simple meaning or even a double entendre.
There is no writer's block in a newsroom. There's only unemployment block.
There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength.
Lawrence Clark Powell
The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
A non-fiction writer pretty much has the shape of the figure in front of him or her and goes about refining it. A work of non-fiction is not as difficult to write as a work of fiction, but it's not as satisfying in the end.
I'm a writer and this is what I love to do.
My relatives used to laugh when I talked of being a writer.
A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.
Johann Georg Hamann
My dad is a writer, and to see him always in front of a typewriter gave me the inspiration to write. He was my idol, my hero. I wanted to be just like him.
If you're trying to be a successful writer, and you go into a second-hand bookshop, it's the graveyard of people whose books haven't been wanted.
Philip Roth is a fabulous writer, but he pretty much stays within his own life. He's so good - I mean, practically anything I've ever read of his I've really enjoyed. He just has tremendous talent. But I think he should have given himself a break and gone deeper into the society.
The only thing I know anything about are my own fantasies and anxieties. I don't trust my eyes. I consider myself to be a short-story writer.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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