|A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.
– John Adams (1735-1826)
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|One should write not unskillfully in the running hand, be able to sing in a pleasing voice and keep good time to music; and lastly, a man should not refuse a little wine when it is pressed upon him.
– Yoshida Kenko (1284 1350)
|He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle, to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do; and so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him.
– Roger Ascham (1515-1568)
|The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
– Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
|Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.|
|The second thing you have to do to be a writer is to keep on writing. Don’t listen to people who tell you that very few people get published and you won’t be one of them. Don’t listen to your friend who says you are better that Tolkien and don’t have to try any more. Keep writing, keep faith in the idea that you have unique stories to tell, and tell them.
I meet far too many people who are going to be writers ‘someday.’ When they are out of high school, when they’ve finished college, after the wedding, when the kids are older, after I retire . . . That is such a trap You will never have any more free time than you do right now. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do. You might have to write on a notebook while your kids are playing on the swings or write in your car on your coffee break. That’s okay. I think we’ve all ‘been there, done that.’ It all starts with the writing.
|Too indolent to bear the toil of writing; I mean of writing well; I say nothing about quantity.
– Horace (65 BC-8 BC)
|I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing my-self and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
– Anne Frank (19291945)
|Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
– Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
|True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance.|
|Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1945-)
|I have discovered the most exciting, the most arduous literary form of all, the most difficult to master, the most pregnant in curious possibilities. I mean the advertisement. . . . It is far easier to write ten passably effective sonnets, good enough to take in the not too inquiring critic, than one effective advertisement that will take in a few thousand of the uncritical buying public.|