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"He writes so well he makes me feel like putting the quill back in the goose."
Fred Allen
"I am a drinker with a writing problem."
Brendan Behan
"I do most of my work sitting down; that's where I shine."
Robert Benchley
"The biggest obstacle to professional writing today is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon."
Robert Benchley
" Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the backyard and shot it."
Truman Capote
"Of Jack Kerouac: That's not writing - that's typing!"
Truman Capote
"Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes."
John Le Carré
"When two people are collaborating on the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties."
Agatha Christie
"Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away."
Clarence Darrow
"Writing is turning one's worst moments into money."
J. P. Donleavy
"Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
" Writing is easy. All you have to do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."
Gene Fowler
"Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book."
Edward Gibbon
"'The script is too bloody and thirsty,' Samuel Goldwin to James Thurber:' I'm horror and struck.' James Thurber to Samuel Goldwin."
Samuel Goldwyn
"The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends, and, lastly, the solid cash."
Nathaniel Hawthorne
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway) Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? - Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)"
 Faulkner on Hemingway
"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood."
Gabriel García-Marquez
"If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves."
Don Marquis
"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
W. Somerset Maugham
"Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing."
Sylvia Plath
"You write a hit play the same way you write a flop."
William Saroyan
"You will never write a good book until you have written some bad ones."
George Bernard Shaw
"Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare."
George Bernard Shaw
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein."
Walter 'Red' Smith
"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
John Steinbeck
"So much has already been written about everything that you can't find out anything about it."
James Thurber
"When I had got my notes all written out I thought I'd polish it off in two summers, but it took me twenty-seven years."
Arnold Joseph  Toynbee
"The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice."
Mark Twain
"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork."
Peter De Vries
"The only type of writing guaranteed to make money is ransom notes."
Lynne Truss
""Writing is the hardest way of earning a living with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.""
William Saroyan

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