"The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness."
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"I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories."
"I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme."
"Footnotes -- little dogs yapping at the heels of the text"
"In all pointed sentences, some degree of accuracy must be sacrificed to conciseness."
"No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination."
"Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many."
"I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph."
"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer."
"It requires more than mere genius to be an author."
"The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander."
"I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze."
"The cure for writers cramp is writer's block."
"We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand."
"Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer."
"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."
"I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them well."
"Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does."
"It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer."
"The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties."
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