The Great Writers' Quote Thread

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  1. Selbbin

    Selbbin I hate you Contributor

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    This sums it up for me:

    “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
    —George Orwell
     
  2. Selbbin

    Selbbin I hate you Contributor

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    “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
    —Ernest Hemingway
     
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    'I enjoy the freedom of the blank page.' - Irvine Welsh.
     
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    Call. Oscar Wilde never ate anyone.
     
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    I'm not sure if he is a great writer but a quote from 'The Highest' Buddhist Wisdom 'when you become enlightened, when your good deeds overcome bad, you will illuminate the world as the moon does when it breaks free from the clouds'
     
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    GENE SISKEL
    Any topic can be done well.
     
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    There is a lot of pages to go through hear, so not sure if someone else has said it but Hunter S Thompson is one of my favourite writers. And I initially thought the writers quotes was quotes from his books as I was going to post one from fear and loathing about a watermark where the wave broke. But as it is about writers on writing heres one from HST
    “As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing', I will be a writer.”
     
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    "I think people become consumed with selling a book when they need to be consumed with writing it."
    Ann Patchett
    Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/writing.html
     
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    "Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere." - Anne Lamott

    "Don't worry. You'll figure it out - you always do. Just keep writing." - Don't know who said this but I have it posted over my desk, along with the quote from Anne Lamott.
     
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    bonijean2 Ancient Artists And Storytellers Rock

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    Writing is an exploration. You start with nothing and learn as you go.

    E.L. Doctorow
     
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    I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
    Hunter S. Thompson
     
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    "Your first draft is just you telling the story to yourself." Terry Pratchett
     
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    Link's quote in my sig about characters. He's pretty great.:D
     
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    'Normal is just a word for people who are too afraid to be themselves'
     
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    Please cite the source of the quote. It's one of our rules.

    The rule states "Small sections of copyrighted material may be posted when you cite the original author (fair use) or when it is used with the authors permission."
     
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    Selbbin I hate you Contributor

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    “Hey baby, when I write, I’m the hero of my shit.” - Charles Bukowski
     
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    "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before."

    - Kurt Vonnegut
     
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    Sorry, that's a quote I came up with
     
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    Another way to put this is: Normal is a word that people use to make you act just like they do.

    I like this one:
    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
     
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    I may have posted one of these quotes somewhere else on WF, but I have been informed that the www is a big place. So here goes :

    "I'll personally bull whip the first bastard who makes fun of human hopelessness."

    Jack Kerouac


    "Being human is a useless passion."

    Jean-Paul Satre


    "Live existentially asshole."

    Me, upon waking up suddenly after a horrific nightmare one morning at 23.

    So ok, I will admit that quotes about the human condition always make me tremble and stop in my tracks when I get all caught up (i.e. lose myself) in a generally mindless regular dumb ass routine. Long live stopping in your tracks.
     
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    'In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act' - George Orwell
    Strikes a particular resonance in these turbulent political times, I think.
     
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    Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.
    Paulo Coelho

    Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. Rumi
     
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    Appropriate for our time:

    "In war, the truth is so precious that it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies."
    - Winston Churchill

    Good to remember if you're writing about armed conflicts.
     

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