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Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use.
I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have concluded that most do not want to be writers working eight and ten hours a day and accomplishing little; they want to have been writers, garnering the rewards of having completed a best-seller. They aspire to the rewards of writing but not to the travail.
James A Michener
The fact that writers will go through so much to remain writers says something, perhaps everything. It would be far easier (and nearly always more profitable) to become a real estate agent.
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
Irvin S Cobb
The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
E L Doctorow
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Writers must fortify themselves with pride and egotism as best they can. The process is analogous to using sandbags and loose timbers to protect a house against flood. Writers are vulnerable creatures like anyone else. For what do they have in reality? Not sandbags, not timbers. Just a flimsy reputation and a name.
Editorial writers enter after battle and shoot the wounded.
Neil E Goldschmidt
Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words.
M F K Fisher is the dowager queen of writers on browsing and slicing.
Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
Therefore we say that a lying Spirit has been in the mouth of the writers of the books of the Bible.
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