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Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.

I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.
The first thing an unpublished author should remember is that no one asked him to write in the first place. With this firmly in mind, he has no right to become discouraged just because other people are being published.
There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves.
A pathological business, writing, don't you think? Just look what a writer actually does: all that unnatural tense squatting and hunching, all those rituals: pathological!
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything.
He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.

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