"To be a good diarist, one must have a snouty, sneaky mind."
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"Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood."
"He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write."
"A book should be luminous not voluminous."
"For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word."
"Great writers are the saints for the godless."
"The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!"
"Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author."
"Writers are the main landmarks of the past."
"The pen is mightier than the sword."
"The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them."
"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."
"Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness."
"Who often, but without success, have prayed for apt Alliteration's artful aid."
"If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!"
"Let authors write for glory and reward. The truth is well paid when she is sung and heard."
"To write is a humiliation."
"Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors."
"The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way."
"Writing isn't hard. It isn't any harder than ditch-digging."
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