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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.
My favorite writers are all Jews - David, Solomon, Matthew, Mark - well, you get the picture.
I knew Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were really talented. As actors, they were both studly young men, and they had great writers' chops.
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
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
Writers don't retire. I will always be a writer.
My best advice for writers is: Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly - all these make for great stories.
All my big heroes are literary, writers.
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
Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.
I've been trying to find women writers for my staff for a while now and I have three women on my staff and three guys so it's pretty equal. I don't know why that is. It's been the same thing for a while. It's hard for female comedians to stand out. That's weird. That's a shame.
I have an amazing team; I have amazing producers; I have amazing writers, but at the end of it, it's me making the decisions on the writing, the tone, the editing.
My teacher Tom Spanbauer, the man who got me started writing in his workshop, used to say: 'Writers write because they weren't invited to a party.' That always struck so true, and people always nod their heads when they hear that. Especially writers.
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.
I think that writers are, at best, outsiders to the society they inhabit. They have a kind of detachment, or try to have.
I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers.
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
I felt like my favorite writers have almost musical hooks in their work, whether it's poetry or a hook at the end of a chapter that makes you want to read the next one. And I think that my favorite writers definitely have something musical about what they do, in saying something so relatable and universal and so simple.
Most people don't see what's going on around them. That's my principal message to writers: 'For God's sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what's going on around you.'
William S. Burroughs
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.
Stand-up is hard. Or to keep it at a certain level is hard: I have no writers but me.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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