Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Quotes of the Week

I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied... 
 —Ernest Hemingway 

 Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. 
—Mark Twain 

 Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better. 
—Anne Lamott 

What I write is smarter than I am, because I can re-write it. 
—Susan Sontag 

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. 
—Annie Proulx 

 A character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. 
—Arthur Miller  

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. 
—Louis L'Amour 

Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea. 
—Richard Ford 

Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners. 
—Jimmy Stewart 

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny. 
—Alain de Botton 

Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard. 
—David McCullough 

We have Art in order not to die of the truth. 
—Friedrich Nietzsche 

You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone. That is the goal. 
 —James Baldwin

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