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                        QUOTES ABOUT WRITING
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I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write 
faster than anybody who can write better.
-A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of 
fools. Let's start with typewriters. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until
one is amazed at one's luck. -Iris Murdoch

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand
Canyon and waiting for the echo. -Don Marquis

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is
also the most difficult task. -Robertson Davies

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while
playing a violin. -Edmond de Goncourt

Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves
understand. -Plato

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't. -Mark Twain

It's only words... unless they're true. -David Mamet

What is written without effort is in general, read without pleasure.
-Samuel Johnson

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
-Peter De Vries

Murder is a crime. Writing about it isn't. Sex is not a crime, but
writing about it is. Why? -Larry Flynt

Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end
the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
-Henry Steele Commager

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing,
but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
-Robert Benchley

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering
for anyone. -John Ciardi

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more
intensely for the reading of it. -Elizabeth Drew

My books are water; those of great geniuses are wine - everybody
drinks water. -Mark Twain

It's more fun writing bad books than reading good ones.
-Werner Lansburgh

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the
public and have no self. -Cyril Connolly 

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