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“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ~ Richard Bach

“I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.” ~ Samuel Beckett (On being taken over by a fictional character)

“A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.” ~ Saul Bellow (Accepting Nobel Prize 12 Dec 76)

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, “To hell with you.”” ~ Saul Bellow

“Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.” ~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

“[My stories] run up and bite me on the leg—I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” ~ Truman Capote

“Art is the triumph over chaos.” ~ John Cheever

“For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle. [It] has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.” ~ John Cheever

“Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.” ~ Cyril Connolly

“A river’s secret [is to] flow … / when an idea falls / out of a sentence / let it come back to the surface / of its own / accord, finding any paragraph it wants later.” ~ Ray Cosseboom

“Here I am, where I ought to be. A writer must have a place where he or she feels this, a place to love and be irritated with.” ~ Louise Erdrich

"Actors yearn for the perfect director, athletes for the perfect coach, priests for the perfect pope, presidents for the perfect historian. Writers hunger for the perfect reviewer." ~ Thomas Fleming

"A lie hides the truth. A story tries to find it." ~ Paula Fox

"What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself—and thus make yourself indispensable." ~ André Gide

"Art begins with resistance—at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor." ~ André Gide


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