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I have always thought that writers come with any variety of attributes. Some are capable and some aren't.
I am dismayed to realize that much of the advice I used to parcel out to aspiring writers has passed its sell-by date.
Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous. I'll go a step further. You must be bisexual.
Rita Mae Brown
Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.
Telling writers to shut up is a sure way to keep them talking.
The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we'll do it for nothing. That's a basic fact - you gotta do it.
Writers are completely out of touch with reality.
What has been forgotten is that there were major intellectual breakthroughs in the 1960s, thanks to North American writers of an older generation. There was a rupture in continuity, since most young people influenced by those breakthroughs did not enter the professions.
Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
I'm not one of those writers that sits worrying about posthumous fame.
There's always this sense of incredulity that writers feel, because they're usually living flat and ordinary lives, because they have to.
Some Native American writers enjoy being called Native American writers.
My first thought when I came here was that I understood why there are so many great Irish writers - because there is something mystical in the air. There's always this cloudy, moody sky and it's challenging.
My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.
I feel it is time that I also pay tribute to my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Fulton J. Sheen
When I was 17, I worked in a mentoring program in Harlem designed to improve the community. That's when I first gained an appreciation of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African-Americans rose to prominence in American culture. For the first time, they were taken seriously as artists, musicians, writers, athletes, and as political thinkers.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.
Every time I make American film I just trust American directors and American writers.
I know white clothing is supposed to enhance that summer glow, but writers don't tan.
Well, to aspiring writers, I would tell them that we live in a wonderful time where you're able to make your work visible, easily.
I might have missed my calling as an editor. In the spring, the sight of my empty garden beds gives me the horticultural equivalent of writers' block: So much space! So many plants to choose among, and yet none of them seem quite right!
Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
William E. Gladstone
It's not a bad thing for a writer not to feel at home. Writers - we're much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling.
When I started, there were no big interviews, no television, no profiles and all that. The publishers were quite shockingly uncommercial, but they did look after their writers.
I do not think writers ought ever to sit down and think they must write about some cause, or theme, or something. If they write about their own experiences, something true is going to emerge.
No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones - like most writers.
Lyrics have to be underwritten. That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers because the language is too rich. You get drowned in it.
At 'The Village Voice,' there were all these fevers inside the offices, that would break out into full-scale rumbles between writers.
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