WRITING AND THINKING
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.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
Miguel de Cervantes
I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
Arthur C. Clarke
The spirit of creation is the spirit of contradiction. It is the breakthrough of appearances toward an unknown reality.
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
Charles Caleb Colton
I don't have a moral plan. I'm a Canadian.
A writer doesn't solve problems. He allows them to emerge.
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
Consciousness will always be one degree above comprehensibility.
Gösta Carl Henrik Ehrensvärd
In my experience, the best creative work is never done when one is unhappy.
Curiosity has its own reason for existence. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot
Writing, I explained, was mainly an attempt to out-argue one's past; to present events in such a light that battles lost in life were either won on paper or held to a draw.
How do I know what I think until I see what I say?
E. M. Forster
If you are pointing out one of the things a story is about, then you are very probably right; if you are pointing out the only thing a story is about you are very probably wrong - even if you're the author.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The human mind is like umbrella. It functions best when open.
Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.
Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do - not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad.
Authors who never give you something to disagree with never give you anything to think about.
Stupidity is no excuse of not thinking.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
A man who is a genius and doesn't know it, probably isn't.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
Genius is not a quality, but only a quantitative difference in a combination of attributes contained in all persons.
Dr. Ernst Jones
The only time I know that something is true is the moment I discover it in the act of writing.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
The brain that doesn't feed itself, eats itself.
Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them.
Writing is thinking on paper.