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Years ago I used to think it was possible for a novelist to alter the inner life of the culture. Now bomb-makers and gunman have taken that territory. They make raids on human consciousness. What writers used to do before we were all incorporated.
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.
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.
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.
Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.
Writers don't write, they read and transcribe.
William S Burroughs
Writers are the main landmarks of the past.
Edward G Bulwer-Lytton
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