seanlindsay - Feed Quotations Book Search <![CDATA[Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.]]> <![CDATA[Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.]]> <![CDATA[I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.]]> <![CDATA[The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.]]> <![CDATA[Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.]]> <![CDATA[The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.]]> <![CDATA[A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.]]> <![CDATA[Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.]]> <![CDATA[The dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.]]> <![CDATA[The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]]]> <![CDATA[There is a history in all men's lives.]]> <![CDATA[Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.]]> <![CDATA[Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?]]> <![CDATA[We wound our modesty and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them.]]> <![CDATA[Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he was boasting, The less you speak of your greatness, the more shall I think of it.]]> <![CDATA[The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.]]> <![CDATA[Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale.]]> <![CDATA[He took the bride about the neck and kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack that at the parting all the church did echo.]]> <![CDATA[Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. [Hamlet]]]> <![CDATA[There is no darkness, but ignorance.]]> <![CDATA[The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.]]> <![CDATA[Men's faults to themselves seldom appear.]]> <![CDATA[A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.]]> <![CDATA[Doubt is the father of invention.]]> <![CDATA[Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.]]> <![CDATA[Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.]]> <![CDATA[The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.]]> <![CDATA[Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.]]> <![CDATA[Despair is the conclusion of fools.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrity is never more admired than by the negligent.]]> <![CDATA[And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.]]> <![CDATA[When workmen strive to do better than well, they do confound their skill in covetousness.]]> <![CDATA[There's small choice in rotten apples.]]> <![CDATA[Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.]]> <![CDATA[True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.]]> <![CDATA[Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might win, by fearing to attempt.[Measure For Measure]]]> <![CDATA[Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.]]> <![CDATA[Words pay no debts.]]> <![CDATA[All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession.]]> <![CDATA[To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.]]> <![CDATA[Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5, and Samuel Beckett one -- and maybe a clone of that one. I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.]]> <![CDATA[Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.]]> <![CDATA[Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself; and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one's own cherished beliefs.]]> <![CDATA[In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.]]> <![CDATA[Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.]]> <![CDATA[The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western World. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity -- much less dissent.]]> <![CDATA[On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.]]> <![CDATA[Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.]]> <![CDATA[Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.]]> <![CDATA[There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of ones fellow man.]]> <![CDATA[Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.]]> <![CDATA[Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.]]> <![CDATA[I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.]]> <![CDATA[Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.]]> <![CDATA[The road to perseverance lies by doubt.]]> <![CDATA[The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.]]> <![CDATA[It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.]]> <![CDATA[All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.]]> <![CDATA[The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.]]> <![CDATA[Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things.]]> <![CDATA[To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.]]> <![CDATA[Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory -- the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended.]]> <![CDATA[In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.]]> <![CDATA[Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).]]> <![CDATA[Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.]]> <![CDATA[When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.]]> <![CDATA[The agent never receipts his bill, puts his hat on and bows himself out. He stays around forever, not only for as long as you can write anything that anyone will buy, but as long as anyone will buy any portion of any right to anything that you ever did write. He just takes ten per cent of your life.]]> <![CDATA[The pen is mightier than the sword.]]> <![CDATA[No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.]]> <![CDATA[It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up, because by that time I was too famous.]]> <![CDATA[A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.]]> <![CDATA[Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.]]> <![CDATA[Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.]]> <![CDATA[Why did I write? What sin to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents , or my own?]]> <![CDATA[Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes.]]> <![CDATA[Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.]]> <![CDATA[If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.]]> <![CDATA[Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.]]> <![CDATA[Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.]]> <![CDATA[Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.]]> <![CDATA[A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.]]> <![CDATA[The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing.]]> <![CDATA[The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.]]> <![CDATA[Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.]]> <![CDATA[It is difficult not to write satire.]]> <![CDATA[Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.]]> <![CDATA[Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.]]> <![CDATA[Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.]]> <![CDATA[Writing is the continuation of politics by other means.]]> <![CDATA[Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.]]> <![CDATA[Writing is thinking on paper.]]> <![CDATA[When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.]]> <![CDATA[To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.]]> <![CDATA[It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.]]> <![CDATA[How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.]]> <![CDATA[People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad.]]> <![CDATA[Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.]]> <![CDATA[Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.]]> <![CDATA[A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.]]> <![CDATA[Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.]]> <![CDATA[Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.]]> <![CDATA[All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.]]> <![CDATA[Whatever advice you give, be short.]]> <![CDATA[A good scare is worth more than good advice.]]> <![CDATA[He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.]]> <![CDATA[Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself.]]> <![CDATA[If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.]]> <![CDATA[Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.]]> <![CDATA[Somebody said to me, But the Beatles were anti-materialistic. That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, Now, let's write a swimming pool.]]> <![CDATA[Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.]]> <![CDATA[Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.]]> <![CDATA[True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.]]> <![CDATA[It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.]]> <![CDATA[The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.]]> <![CDATA[I find in most novels no imagination at all. They seem to think the highest form of the novel is to write about marriage, because that's the most important thing there is for middle-class people.]]> <![CDATA[We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.]]> <![CDATA[If you write fiction you are, in a sense, corrupted. There's a tremendous corruptibility for the fiction writer because you're dealing mainly with sex and violence. These remain the basic themes, they're the basic themes of Shakespeare whether you like it or not.]]> <![CDATA[You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.]]> <![CDATA[In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.]]> <![CDATA[There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.]]> <![CDATA[No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.]]> <![CDATA[There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.]]> <![CDATA[The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.]]> <![CDATA[Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.]]> <![CDATA[A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.]]> <![CDATA[Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.]]> <![CDATA[All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.]]> <![CDATA[It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.]]> <![CDATA[Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.]]> <![CDATA[The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash.]]> <![CDATA[A publisher is a specialized form of bank or building society, catering for customers who cannot cope with life and are therefore forced to write about it.]]> <![CDATA[To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.]]> <![CDATA[I can write good songs. I can sing 'em, and I mean it, I mean it deeply, and I pour everything into that. Other than that, I suck.]]> <![CDATA[To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.]]> <![CDATA[It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.]]> <![CDATA[Evidently there are plenty of people in journalism who have neither got what they liked nor quite grown to like what they get. They write pieces they do not much enjoy writing, for papers they totally despise, and the sad process ends by ruining their style and disintegrating their personality, two developments which in a writer cannot be separate, since his personality and style must progress or deteriorate together, like a married couple in a country where death is the only permissible divorce.]]> <![CDATA[No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and clich?, not from real life.]]> <![CDATA[The main thing is to make history, not to write it.]]> <![CDATA[Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.]]> <![CDATA[The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.]]> <![CDATA[The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can't fool around. If you write about someone else, you can stretch the truth from here to Finland. If you write about yourself the slightest deviation makes you realize instantly that there may be honor among thieves, but you are just a dirty liar.]]> <![CDATA[The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little -- or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.]]> <![CDATA[A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.]]> <![CDATA[In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write, but evidently can't read. If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.]]> <![CDATA[The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.]]> <![CDATA[Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.]]> <![CDATA[Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.]]> <![CDATA[The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.]]> <![CDATA[Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.]]>