"To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself."
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"Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it."
"The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it."
"Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive."
"Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one."
"I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible."
"The trade of authorship is a violent, and indestructible obsession."
"You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living."
"I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?"
"Easy writings curse is hard reading."
"Writing is not a profession, but a vocation of unhappiness."
"A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind."
"Paper and ink are all but trash, if I cannot find the thought which the writer did think."
"What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers."
"Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman."
"Writing is the continuation of politics by other means."
"The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both."
"Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals."
"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
"The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty."
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