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1. "My first TV job was on an episode of 'Hannah Montana'... Since then, I've been fortunate to end up on shows that are just such a high quality, where the writing and material is incredible."
Author: Alison Brie
2. "[That was] the old Ellen Gulden, the girl who would walk over her mother in golf shoes, who scared students away from writing seminars, who started work on Monday after graduating from Harvard with honors on a Thursday, who loved the moments in the office when she would look out at the impenetrable black of the East River, starred with the reflected lights of Queens, with only the cleaning crew for company, and think of her various superiors out at dinner parties and restaurants and her various similars out at downtown clubs or cheap but authentic places in Chinatown and say to herself, 'I'm getting ahead.' That Ellen Gulden, the one her boss suspected of using the dying-mother ploy to get more money or a better job title, would have covered every inch of [this datebook] with the frantic scribble of unexamined ambition."
Author: Anna Quindlen
3. "My writing style has changed dramatically over the years, growing increasingly clean and exact. I like to think that I'm still improving -- that each book I write is a new personal best."
Author: Barbara Delinsky
4. "Crime stories are our version of sitting round a camp fire and telling tales. We enjoy being scared under safe circumstances. That's why there's no tradition of crime writing in countries that have wars."
Author: Camilla Lackberg
5. "I care about writing music and playing my music."
Author: Carla Bruni
6. "I published only in academic journals in philosophy until I was in my 40s, but I had been writing fiction and poetry my whole adult life - without ever once trying to publish it, and rarely letting anyone read it."
Author: Cheryl Mendelson
7. "I'm writing it in a letter, the whole truth of why it happened. And the truth is that I goddamn loved you so much."
Author: Daniel Handler
8. "Generally, all my life, I have had strong friction with life - I was a problematic soldier, I was kicked out of the army, I was in fights. There was something about writing that was a way of experimenting with this emotion."
Author: Etgar Keret
9. "One of the awful things about writing when you are a Christian is that for you the ultimate reality is the Incarnation, the present reality is the Incarnation, and nobody believes in the Incarnation; that is, nobody in your audience. My audience are the people who think God is dead. At least these are the people I am conscious of writing for."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
10. "In my writing with Extreme, there are heavy themes. The cover photo has me with a gun to my neck. I am not advocating suicide. I am taking the philosophy that man is the measure of his own fate."
Author: Gary Cherone
11. "Insisting that his writing did not offer a philosophy of life, Hardy claims that each poem was an ‘impression', intensely subjective and evanescent."
Author: Geoffrey Harvey
12. "As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note."
Author: Georges Bizet
13. "I won't deny that I have a far more productive writing life without the Internet, mostly because I rekindle my ability to concentrate on one thing for a period of longer than three minutes. My curiosity is channeled inward rather than Internet-ward."
Author: Heidi Julavits
14. "Action is the activity of the rational soul, which abhors irrationality and must combat it or be corrupted by it. When it sees the irrationality of others, it must seek to correct it, and can do this either by teaching or engaging in public affairs itself, correcting through its practice. And the purpose of action is to enable philosophy to continue, for if men are reduced to the material alone, they become no more than beasts."
Author: Iain Pears
15. "I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish."
Author: Isaac Asimov
16. "I always knew writing a novel was a great thing."
Author: James Salter
17. "The aftermath of the war is what inspired us to write many of our plays. The whole reason for our writing Inherit the Wind was that we were appalled at the blacklisting. We were appalled at thought control."
Author: Jerome Lawrence
18. "Too often, contemporary continental philosophers take the "other" of philosophy to mean literature, but not religion, which is for them just a little too wholly other, a little beyond their much heralded tolerance of alterity. They retain an antagonism to religious texts inherited straight from the Enlightenment, even though they pride themselves on having made the axioms and dogmas of the Enlightenment questionable. But the truth is that contemporary continental philosophy is marked by the language of the call and the response, of the gift, of hospitality to the other, of the widow, the orphan and the stranger, and by the very idea of the "wholly other," a discourse that any with the ears to hear knows has a Scriptural provenance and a Scriptural resonance. ("A Prologue", Journal of Philosophy and Scripture 1.1, Fall 2003, p. 1)."
Author: John D. Caputo
19. "The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself."
Author: John Mortimer
20. "Reading books is a way for you to communicate with and learn from the best thinkers that are writing today and that have ever lived."
Author: Joshua Rogers
21. "...the only way to judge a philosophy is to examine the lives of those who live it."
Author: Karl Friedrich
22. "And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories. It was pretty clear I'd never catch up."
Author: Larry Niven
23. "I think as the world changes, we have to keep up. We have to note what is happening, and I think writing has always had a powerful corrective influence and possibility. We have to write about what's good, and we also have to write about parts of our culture that are not good, that are not working out. I think it takes a new eye."
Author: Lee Smith
24. "I've still got lots of writing in me. I have not left journalism, but I put it on hold to focus on acting. I love actors. I think it's a crazy thing to do with your life, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them."
Author: Liane Balaban
25. "I did not think much what I was writing them for, except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in some less conventional form than straight narrative."
Author: Nicholas Mosley
26. "I wish I could spend six years writing one novel."
Author: Paullina Simons
27. "You learn a lot, writing fiction."
Author: Penelope Lively
28. "My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection."
Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski
29. "Gregory Corso used to get really pissed when people called Bob Dylan a 'poet.' After writing poetry for a few years, I can understand that."
Author: Steve Earle
30. "Send message to the future by writing it today!"
Author: Toba Beta
31. "Only an unhinged movie survives as a disconnected series of images, of peaks, of visual icebergs. It should display not one central idea but many. It should not reveal a coherent philosophy of composition. It must live on, and because of, its glorious ricketiness."
Author: Umberto Eco
32. "In my case, the long gaps between my books have got quite a lot to do with lack of confidence. A lot of the time when I'm not writing I start thinking I can't do it."
Author: Wendy Cope

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