Dirty Thirty

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 28, 2011

1. “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov
2. “As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.” ~Rhys Alexander 3. “Whether or not you write well, write bravely.” ~Bill Stout (ed. note: I don’t think these are mutually exclusive but I appreciate the sentiment) 4. “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.'” ~Jef Mallett 5. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~Anaïs Nin
6. “Sometimes a flat-footed sentence is what serves, so you don’t get all writerly: ‘He opened the door.’ There, it’s open.” ~Amy Hempel 7. “Don’t get it right, just get it written.” ~James Thurber8. “Write about what you know and care deeply about. When one puts one’s self on paper — that is what is called good writing.” ~Joel Chandler Harris 9. “Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.” ~Ezra Pound 10. “Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while.” ~David Eddings 11. “Revision is one of the true pleasures of writing. I love the flowers of afterthought.” ~Bernard Malamud 12. “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~Gloria Steinem 13. “Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.” ~Jules Renard 14. “The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” ~Isaac Bashevis Singer 15. “True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.” ~Alexander Pope 16. “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” ~Gene Fowler 17. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” ~Anaïs Nin 18. “The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.” ~John Steinbeck 19. “I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.” ~Oscar Wilde 20. “I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.” ~P.G. Wodehouse 21. “Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.” ~Oscar Wilde 22. “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain 23. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin 24. “We writers dream of a future where actors are mostly computer generated and their performances can be adjusted, by us, on a laptop, alone.” ~Tina Fey 25. “Anyone can become a writer. The trick is staying a writer.” ~Harlan Ellison 26. “A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.” ~Baltasar Gracián 27. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~E. L. Doctorow 28. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” ~Isaac Asimov 29. “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired to write at 9 o’clock every morning.” ~Peter De Vries 30. “Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté.” ~Margaret Atwood 31. “I’m an avid collector of quotes. They’re cheaper than vintage records, don’t take up as much space as a retro lunch box collection, and unlike most other tchotchkes, have the potential to keep those creativity juices flowing.”~ Urban Muse 32. HT to DailyPost. Thank you Urban Muse. Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. chamblee54 regrets the omission of a George Bernard Shaw quote in this collection.

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