"The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business."
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"The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty."
"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else."
"Let's face it, writing is hell."
"Style may defined as the proper words in the proper places."
"He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line."
"A writer should be a joyous optimist. Anything that implies rejection of life is wrong for a writer."
"If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood."
"I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can."
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."
"The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it."
"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."
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