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Mar

Quotations. On Writing



On Writing.
The 82nd in a series of collections of useable quotations to make you look really smart in your next presentation or report. 

 

 

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
Winston Churchill

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Mark Twain

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
Mahatma Gandhi

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Ernest Hemingway

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
Ernest Hemingway

I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
Ernest Hemingway

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
Ernest Hemingway

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway

Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
Ernest Hemingway

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.
Jimi Hendrix

Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
Napoleon Hill

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
Steven Wright

I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography.
Steven Wright

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
Robert Frost

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
Robert Frost


Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second.
Robert Frost

In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can't read. If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.
Will Rogers

When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
John Adams

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
John Steinbeck

I would love to continue in music, with writing... but I am not the kind of person who will hang around if I start to become irrelevant. If that happens, I will bow down gracefully, raise my kids, and have a garden. And I am going to let my hair go gray when I am older. I don't need to be blonde when I'm 60!
Taylor Swift

Factoring in millions of people when I'm writing a song is not a good idea. I don't ever do it.
Taylor Swift

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
Anais Nin

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.
Alexander Pope

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein

But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.
Colin Powell

Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence.
Samuel Beckett

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington

Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.
Adele

I don't really need to stand out, there's room for everyone. Although I haven't built a niche yet, I'm just writing love songs.
Adele

In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
George Orwell

Good writing is like a windowpane.
George Orwell

It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.
Woodrow Wilson

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
Isaac Asimov

 

 
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