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The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
As a former writer for the 'National Lampoon,' I've probably contributed to the sea of sarcasm in which we live.
P. J. O'Rourke
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.
James A. Baldwin
Writers don't retire. I will always be a writer.
A writer's job is to tell the truth.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
William Butler Yeats
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
Comedy can be, especially in a writer's room, really aggressive, kind of a very male-dominated room, and it would be hard for women. It's not a nurturing place. It's not like a lot of women are going to say, I can't wait to live that lifestyle and be in a writer's room until 2 or 3 a.m.
I'm either going to be a writer or a bum.
Being lonely is not a bad thing for a writer.
A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it's all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can't change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.
Christopher Hitchens was a writer and an orator with a matchless style, commanding a vocabulary and a range of literary and historical allusion far wider than anybody I know.
The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
Simone de Beauvoir
It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
W. Somerset Maugham
I'm glad a genre writer has got a knighthood, but stunned that it was me.
A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer.
Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.
E. M. Forster
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
I think Chris Brown gets kind of dismissed as a gay writer, and I think Chris's books are really, really smart. I wish his books sold a little more widely.
You want to be a writer, don't know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
John F. Kennedy
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