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The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
by Vita Sackville-West

The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.
Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
- Vita Sackville-West

I worshipped dead men for their strength,
forgetting I was strong.
- Vita Sackville-West

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.
- Vita Sackville-West

Men of my age live in a state of continual desperation.
- Vita Sackville-West

 

Women, like men, ought to have their youth so glutted
with freedom they hate the very idea of freedom.
- Vita Sackville-West

There are no signposts in the sea.
- Vita Sackville-West

Travel is the most private of pleasures.
There is no greater bore than the travel bore.
We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.
- Vita Sackville-West

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Among the many problems which beset the novelist,
not the least weighty is the choice of the moment at
which to begin his novel.
- Vita Sackville-West

Nothing shows up the difference between the things said or read,
so much as the daily experience of it.
- Vita Sackville-West

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.
- Dario Argento

The task of a writer consists of being able to make
something out of an idea.
- Thomas Mann

I pretty much only write by default,
because I want to make certain projects so instead
of trying to wait and find them,
I create them, but I'm not really a writer.
- Sara Gilbert

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

That, for me, is a very important test of a young writer's
commitment because most of them are going to have to
continue doing that when they've finished the program.
- Tobias Wolff

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
- E. M. Forster

I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet
or indeed any prophet under Islamic law,
the sentence for that is actually death.
- Cat Stevens

The writer's greed is appalling.
He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody,
in another sense, and at the same time,
he needs no one at all.
- James A. Baldwin

I didn't raise Todd to be a writer, but he happened to be one anyway.
- Anne McCaffrey

I am a writer of books in retrospect.
I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
- Robert Frost

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid.
If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up,
I would have laughed in your face.
- Caleb Carr

I had always wanted to be a writer who confused genre
boundaries and who was read in multiple contexts.
- Jonathan Lethem

I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing.
However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be,
from the time I was a child.
- Margaret Mahy

I grew up wanting to be a writer for theatre.
- Christopher Durang

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.
- Joseph Stalin

As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell
themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

When writing isn't going well-then the bad thing about
being a writer is that I also have the freedom and
flexibility to do something badly,
and no one else can fix it for me.
- Margaret Haddix

I still can't quite believe it.
Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer,
a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
- Sam Mendes

You become a better writer by writing.
You become a better travel writer by writing about travel.
- Tim Cahill

When I was about 14 or 15 I decided to become a writer
and never for a moment since have I wanted to do anything else.
- Tobias Wolff

I decided I would go to Chicago and try my luck as
a writer after those eight months as a fireman.
- Carl Sandburg

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer's block,
as if it was some kind of illness.
- Mary Garden

One truth is the swing of the sentence,
the beat and poise, but down deeper it's the integrity
of the writer as he matches with the language.
- Don DeLillo

Fortunately, John Houseman is a marvelous writer and
he sat in on so many story conferences.
He worked with Welles, you know, and he's a marvelous man.
- Vincente Minnelli

The writing career is not a romantic one.
The writer's life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing,
cynical writer.
I've never known what to make of that.
- Ann Beattie

If you're a singer you lose your voice.
A baseball player loses his arm.
A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good,
the older he gets, the better he writes.
- Mickey Spillane

I am a writer.
I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing
career to play detective.
- James Ellroy

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe
in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor
any membership in literature.
- John Steinbeck

I want to be a writer someday.
- Andrea Barber

And I find - I'm 63, and my capacity to be by myself
and just spend time by myself hasn't diminished any.
That's the necessary part of being a writer,
you better like being alone.
- John Irving

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

As a writer, I've always been interested in others.
- Antonio Tabucchi

The writer of originality, unless dead,
is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Providing a writer isn't put off by conventions -
and some are -
attending them can be a nice break from the necessary isolation of writing.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

I do not know that any writer has supposed that on
this earth man will ultimately be able to live without food.
- Thomas Malthus

You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up -
at least I didn't.
- Anthony Doerr

I have a writer's memory which makes everything worse
than maybe it actually was.
- Amy Tan

When a writer admits that he has an affection for something which he has written,
it is high time to pray for his soul.
- Dornford Yates

I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days.
- Walter Jon Williams

A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself,
and then publishes for money.
I write for myself and publish just for the reader.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Paper and ink are all but trash, if I cannot find the
thought which the writer did think.
- Walter Smith

I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew
exactly what being a writer entailed.
- Dan Simmons

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true
friend and a good writer.
- E. B. White

I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer,
writer and director.
- William Shatner

I write because I write - as anyone in the arts does.
You're a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint.
You're a writer because this is what you do.
- Richard Price

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.
- Joan Didion

As a guest who doesn't eat, drink or smoke,
you leave much to be desired, but as a writer,
you're my girl.
- Thelma Ritter

I don't think any good book is based on factual experience.
Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
- Carlos Fuentes

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion;
it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or
romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Raymond Carver is good.
I think he'll be appreciated more and more.
He's an easy writer to imitate.
- Leslie Fiedler

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer.
Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel
and probably get it published.
- Lynn Abbey

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult
than it is for other people.
- Thomas Mann

The great thing about being a writer is that you are
always recreating yourself.
- Martin C. Smith


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