After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
- Jean Cocteau
A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.
- Tom Bissell
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
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
- Anaïs Nin
Writing is the art of repeating oneself without anyone noticing.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
She looked at her hand: Just some hand, holding a cheap pen. Some girls’ hand. She had nothing to do with that hand. Let that hand do whatever it wanted to.
- Cynthia Voigt
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
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
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 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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