"The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it."
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"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
"Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure."
"The secret of all good writing is sound judgment."
"Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing."
"Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years."
"The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness."
"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."
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