What They Say ?

Here is a Compilation of thoughts, quotes and sayings by the great peoples/writers of the world about writing & reading books.Have a look and get inspired, get motivated.

“Good writing is rewriting.”
—Truman Capote

“The original writer is not one who
imitates nobody, but one whom nobody
can imitate.”

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Think and wonder,wonder and think.”
– Dr. Seuss

“It is by sitting down to write every
morning that one becomes a writer.”
—Gerald Brenan

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I try to create sympathy for my
characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
– Stephen King

“About no subject are poets tempted
to lie so much as about their own lives.”
—Margaret Atwood

“The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.”
—Walter Bagehot

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown,
the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives
to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
– William Shakespeare (from A
Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“A real book is not one that’s read,
but one that reads us.”
—W.H. Auden

“When I graduated from high school I
couldn’t go to college, so I went to
the library 3 days a week for 10 years.”
—Ray Bradbury

“In five minutes the earth would be a
desert, and you cling to books.”
—Elias Canetti

“The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.”
—Raymond Chandler

“I don’t care if a reader hates one of
my stories, just as long as he finishes
the book.”
—Roald Dahl

“The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul—BOOKS.”
—Emily Dickinson

“Let us answer a book of ink with a
book of flesh and blood.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

“All good books are alike in that they
are truer than if they had really happened.”
—Ernest Hemingway

“Books worth reading are worth re-
—Holbrook Jackson

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
– Somerset Maugham

“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”
– Herman Melville

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh

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

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
– Ray Bradbury

“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.”
– David Brin

“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
– Anton Chekhov

“I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story
– Edgar Rice Burroughs

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”
– Ray Bradbury

“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”
– Willa Cather

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.”
– Ayn Rand

“Poetry creates the myth, the
prose writer draws its portrait.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre

“A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.”
– Joseph Conrad

“Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.”
– Philip K. Dick

“The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t
require any.”
– Russell Baker

“Half my life is an act of revision.”
– John Irving

“People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.”
– Ralph Woldo Emerson

“I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course,when you finish something you can be judged.”
– Erica Jong

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only
thing you have to offer.”
– Barbara Kingsolver

“A word is dead When it is said,
Some say.I say it just begins to live that day.”
– Emily Dickinson

“All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary,it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.”
– Somerset Maugham

“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.”
– Dorothy Parker

“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people,and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
– Isaac Asimov

“The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”
– William Faulkner

“The secret of good writing is telling
the truth.”
—Gordon Lish

“Writing-the art of communicating
thoughts to the mind, through the eye is the great invention of the world.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“The Six Golden Rules of Writing:
Read, read, read, and write, write,
—Ernest Gaines

“Instead of following the rules without regard for whether they’re making our writing effective or not,we often need to question the rules.To write with style, we need at times to break the rules.”
—Donna Gorrell

“If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe to yourself and your readers, and to your writing itself, is
to become wonderful. To become the best writer you can possibly be.”
—Theodora Goss

“Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.”
—Helen Hayes

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way
atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.”
—Ralph Keyes



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