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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 and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know.
If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works.
John Dos Passos
I'm kind of hooked to the game of art and literature; my heroes are artists and writers.
I don't think anybody can teach anybody anything. I think that you learn it, but the young writer that is as I say demon-driven and wants to learn and has got to write, he don't know why, he will learn from almost any source that he finds. He will learn from older people who are not writers, he will learn from writers, but he learns it -- you can't teach it.
Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.
One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention; and the world therefore swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied, but to be read.
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes and always count their change when it is handed to them.
Catherine Drinker Bowen
I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.
Alfred North Whitehead
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Done With You
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