The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
- Anaïs Nin
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
- Jean Cocteau
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
- Karl Marx
Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau
The writer must be playful and serious at the same time.
- W. Somerset Maugham
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway
Writing is the art of repeating oneself without anyone noticing.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
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