Writing Quotes

“Most people carry their demons around with them, buried down deep inside. Writers wrestle their demons to the surface, fling them onto the page, then call them characters.” ― C.K. Webb

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“I came on the old and best ways of writing through ignorance and experiment and was startled when truths leaped out of brushes like quail before gunshot.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

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“Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?” “Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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“I am simply impressed by the unexpected insights which shower down on me when my job is to imagine, as contrasted with the woodenly familiar ideas which clutter my desk when my job is to tell the truth.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

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“Keep on reading, thinking, doing and writing! Words keep introducing their friends to you.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

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“That afternoon he told me that the difference between human beings and animals was that human beings were able to dream while awake. He said the purpose of books was to permit us to exercise that faculty. Art, he said, was a controlled madness… He said books weren’t made of themes, which you could write essays about, but of images that inserted themselves into your brain and replaced what you were seeing with your eyes.” ― Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

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“Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice.” ― Phil Cousineau

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“But my way of writing is rather to think aloud, and follow my own humours, than much to consider who is listening to me; and, if I stop to consider what is proper to be said to this or that person, I shall soon come to doubt whether any part at all is proper.” ― Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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“I wonder what the retirement age is in the novel business. The day you die.” ― Yasunari Kawabata, Beauty and Sadness

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“Yes, I hate orthodox criticism. I don’t mean great criticism, like that of Matthew Arnold and others, but the usual small niggling, fussy-mussy criticism, which thinks it can improve people by telling them where they are wrong, and results only in putting them in straitjackets of hesitancy and self-consciousness, and weazening all vision and bravery. …I hate it because of all the potentially shining, gentle, gifted people of all ages, that it snuffs out every year. It is a murderer of talent. And because the most modest and sensitive people are the most talented, having the most imagination and sympathy, these are the very first ones to get killed off. It is the brutal egotists that survive.” ― Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

Posted before, but it bears repeating…

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