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I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
Robert A. Heinlein
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?
Today, writers want to impress other writers.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
T. S. Eliot
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Writers don't retire. I will always be a writer.
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
I know many writers who first dictate passages, then polish what they have dictated. I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
As soon as I started writing, other writers stopped wanting me acting in their shows - maybe they thought I was going to rewrite them.
I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy.
From my close observation of writers... they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.
You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.
As for goals, I don't set myself those anymore. I'm not one of these 'I must have achieved this and that by next year' kind of writers. I take things as they come and find that patience and persistence tend to win out in the end.
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
E. M. Forster
The great thing about being a print journalist is that you are permitted to duck. Cameramen get killed while the writers are flat on the floor. A war correspondent for the BBC dedicated his memoir to 50 fallen colleagues, and I guarantee you they were all taking pictures. I am only alive because I am such a chicken.
P. J. O'Rourke
Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
That is sad until one recalls how many bad books the world may yet be spared because of the busyness of writers.
Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
W. Somerset Maugham
It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.
I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers.
Writers mean more than they say and say more than they mean.
I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get at what it is that makes good writers good. But I made no promises that I would write books a lot of people would like to read.
But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.
Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
It's also not unusual for writers to look backward. Because that's your pool of resources.
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