Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
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
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
The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
- Karl Marx
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
- Karl Marx
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.
- Truman Capote
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
- Nelson Mandela
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.
- Tom Bissell
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
- Anaïs Nin
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