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Ah, those writers. They have reputations for living life on the edge, mysterious, tortured, unpredictable and living in a fantasy world. But as writers and writing quotes show, outside of the legendary figures such as Hemingway and Wilde, writers practice their craft with the same earnest as a scientist or mathematician. The main difference being that a writer doesn't have to make everything add up until the very end and 2+2 in the word world never has to equal 4. Writers and writing quotes illustrate the trials and tribulations of living by the word and ever wondering whether or not it will ever resonate with another living soul. Reference.com Definition of Writers And Writing
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Henry David Thoreau

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." Henry David Thoreau
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Winston Churchill

"Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public." Winston Churchill
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Willa Cather

"Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values." Willa Cather
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Vita Sackville-West

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind." Vita Sackville-West
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"I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others." Moliere MoliFre
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Oscar Wilde

"This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again." Oscar Wilde
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"Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed." Leo Rosten
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"A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream." Gaston Bachelard
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"But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame." Emily Bronte
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F. Scott Fitzgerald

"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." F. Scott Fitzgerald
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"The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language." Paul Man
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Raymond Chandler

"Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love." Raymond Chandler
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"The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new." William M. Thackeray
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"I make no complaint. I am a writer. I do not accept my condition; I will strive to change it; but I inhabit it, I am trying to learn from it." Salman Rushdie
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Henry David Thoreau

"A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure." Henry David Thoreau
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"As I take up my pen I feel myself so full, so equal to my subject, and see my book so clearly before me in embryo, I would almost like to try to say it all in a single word." Georg C. Lichtenberg
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"I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint. I was programmed to be a novelist or a playwright. But I'm not." Alan Bennett
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Blaise Pascal

"The last thing we decide in writing a book is what to put first." Blaise Pascal
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"You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination." Larry McMurtry
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