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1. "There is always a certain leap of faith that editors have made with their nonfiction writers. If the trust is broken, things can get very embarrassing for the writers and the publisher."
Author: A. Scott Berg
2. "Indonesian writers are so far behind in terms of global exposure compared with the Philippines and Japanese writers."
Author: Andrea Hirata
3. "It was only after five years in the army, when I was having to do a very boring job in a very boring place, that I thought: 'Why not try writing a novel?' partly out of youthful arrogance and partly because there had been a long line of writers in my mother's family."
Author: Antony Beevor
4. "Some writers like to boil down headlines of liberal newspapers into fiction, so they say there shouldn't be communal riots, everybody should love each other, there shouldn't be boundaries or fundamentalism. But I think literature is more than that; these are political views which most of us hold anyway."
Author: Arundhati Roy
5. "Some writers are curiously unmusical. I don't get it. I don't get them. For me, music is essential. I always have music on when I'm doing well. Writing and music are two different mediums, but musical phrases can give you sentences that you didn't think you ever had."
Author: Barry Hannah
6. "I personally read criticism - at least by writers I enjoy - to stimulate a conversation in my own mind, and I like to think that's the function I serve for others."
Author: Ben Brantley
7. "Of course, in fairness, I must remind you of this: that we writers are the most lily-livered of all craftsmen. We expect more, for the most peewee efforts, than any other people."
Author: Brenda Ueland
8. "Between us and the writers, it was comedy hour the whole time. We could hardly get through it."
Author: Buddy Rice
9. "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."
Author: Christopher Meloni
10. "The way I saw it, if my students were willing to pretend I was a teacher, the least I could do was return the favor and pretend that they were writers."
Author: David Sedaris
11. "Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps."
Author: Elizabeth George
12. "For the source of the short story is usually lyrical. And all writers speak from, and speak to, emotions eternally the same in all of us: love, pity, terror do not show favorites or leave any of us out."
Author: Eudora Welty
13. "Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
14. "Understand now, I'm purely a fiction writer and do not profess to be an earnest student of political science, but I believe strongly that such a law as one prohibiting liquor is foolish, and all the writers, keenly interested in human welfare whom I know, laugh at the prohibition law."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
15. "Twofold misjudgement. - The misfortune suffered by clear-minded and easily understood writers is that they are taken for shallow and thus little effort is expended on reading them: and the good fortune that attends the obscure is that the reader toils at them and ascribes to them the pleasure he has in fact gained from his own zeal."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
16. "I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this, then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself."
Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante
17. "Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened - almost to calm themselves."
Author: Helen Garner
18. "But the recurrent ambiguity of the American tale of the supernatural reveals both a fascination with the possibility of numinous experience and a perplexity about whether there was, in fact, anything numinous to be experienced. Writers often delighted in leading readers into, but not out of, the haunted dusk of the borderland."
Author: Howard Kerr
19. "Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation - from the writers of the world's religious masterpieces to our most irreverent satirists."
Author: Jack Herer
20. "I think ethnic and regional labels are insulting to writers and really put restrictions on them. People don't think your work is quite as universal."
Author: James Welch
21. "As a thinker, and most writers would consider themselves thinkers, your competition is not only the whole world, but it's also the people of the past, and the people of the future. And the people of the future are the dangerous ones, because you'll never know how good they are."
Author: Jarod Kintz
22. "There aren't many shy writers left."
Author: Jay McInerney
23. "The thing that worries me is that I'm so different from other writers. Connecticut is just another state to me. And nature - well, nature is just nature. When I see a tree whose leafy mouth is pressed against the earth's sweet flowing breast, I think, 'Well, that's a nice-looking oak,' but it doesn't change my way of life.Now I'm not going to stand here and run down trees and flowers. Personally, I have three snake plants of my own, and in a tearoom I'm the first one to notice the geraniums. But the point is, I keep my head."
Author: Jean Kerr
24. "In 'Law & Order,' your main job is to stay out of the way of the plot. On another show you'd receive your script and see stuff that seems challenging and feel excited that the writers thought highly enough of you to write it for you."
Author: Jeremy Sisto
25. "Book lovers are engaged with writers in a private communion that occurs in some vaporous cenacle of the mind."
Author: Joe Queenan
26. "I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
27. "Oh, we women know things you don't know, you teachers, you readers and writers of books, we are the ones who wait around libraries when it's time to leave, or sit drinking coffee alone in the kitchen; we make crazy plans for marriage but have no man, we dream of stealing men, we are the ones who look slowly around when we get off a bus and can't even find what we are looking for, can't quite remember how we got there, we are always wondering what will come next, what terrible thing will come next. We are the ones who leaf through magazines with colored pictures and spend long heavy hours sunk in our bodies, thinking, remembering, dreaming, waiting for something to come to us and give a shape to so much pain."
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
28. "The companionship of dead writers is a wonderful form of live friendship."
Author: Julian Barnes
29. "I've never in my life bought a big piece of jewelry - like, 'I'm gonna get myself a big piece of jewelry!' Songwriters' lives are unstable and up and down. Even though mine has sort of has followed more of a going toward the sky trajectory."
Author: Kara DioGuardi
30. "Good writers can't die. Their words live on forever."
Author: Kensington Gore
31. "When the band begins to get a name for themselves, and the writers get assigned to bands, they'll hit somebody who just doesn't like that kind of music, or they love hip hop but hate guitar rock."
Author: Kim Deal
32. "In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved, indeed, many triumphs; but their great, their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought."
Author: Lytton Strachey
33. "Writers are the exorcists of their own demons."
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
34. "God has not any Holy Book; but Man has many Holy Book writers! Producing Holy Books is a cosmic crime against the God! God has not spoken yet! He has been silent for billions of years, because He is out of this universe!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
35. "What I take from writers I like is their economy - the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words - that's magical."
Author: Mos Def
36. "All writers are liars. They twist events to suit themselves. They make use of their own tragedies to make a better story... They are terrible people."
Author: Nina Bawden
37. "Fear is the major cargo that American writers must stow away when the writing life calls them into its carefully chosen ranks."
Author: Pat Conroy
38. "Oh, darling, you know we writers must occasionally stretch a point to heighten the dramatic situation."
Author: Patrick Dennis
39. "The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more 'literary' you are... The good writers touch life often."
Author: Ray Bradbury
40. "Writers should cut as close to the vein as possible. The readers don't want to be covered in your warm sticky blood, but they want to come as close to it as possible."
Author: Robert Black
41. "I feel there must be an enormous amount of really talented songwriters out there who can't sing."
Author: Roger Daltrey
42. "Writing is about allowing yourself to become a vessel of creativity. Writers are avatars of creation. We have tender hearts, and strong emotions. It's hard not to when you have a million different people's personalities playing out in your head."
Author: Sai Marie Johnson
43. "Writers are a product of where we come from but by looking at alternatives to the culture in which we live, we can find ways to change and hopefully improve it."
Author: Sara Sheridan
44. "Is there just one single love in a lifetime? Are all our lovers ? from the first to the last, including the most fleeting ? part of that unique love, and is each of them merely an expression of it, a variation, a particular version? In the same way that in literature there is just one true masterpiece to which different writers give a particular form (taking the twentieth century alone: Joyce, who explores everything happening inside his character;s head with microscopic precision; Proust, for whom the present is merely a memory of the past; Kafka, who drifts on the margins between dream and reality; the blind Borges, probably the one I relate to best, etc)."
Author: Sijie Dai
45. "Art educates. That's why writers must know life. . .If the writer knows life, his work is often progressive, even though his own consciousness may lag behind."
Author: Sławomir Mrożek
46. "Only a hundred years ago the idea that an order might arise without a personal Author appeared so nonsensical to you that it inspired seemingly absurd jokes, like the one about the pack of monkeys hammering away at typewriters until the Encyclopedia Britannica emerged. I recommend that you devote some of your free time to compiling an anthology of just such jokes, which amused your forebears as pure nonsense but now turn out to be parables of Nature."
Author: Stanisław Lem
47. "I think the worst way a writer can self-betray is by not being true to his or her experience of being alive. It's my belief, for what it's worth, that a lot of writers consign to the page what they think will meet with the approval, especially in the moral realm, of what their society has preached to them since they were children, almost all of which is utter bull####."
Author: Thomas Ligotti
48. "Some typewriters in Whitehall, in the Pentagon, killed more civilians than our little A4 could have ever hoped to."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
49. "If writers just sit and talk about oppression, they are not going to do much writing."
Author: V. S. Naipaul
50. "Those of our writers who have possessed a vivid personal talent have been paralyzed by a want of social background."
Author: Van Wyck Brooks

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