Sunday, March 1, 2009

Writing Quotes of the Day

"Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped."
Lillian Hellman

"Naturally, I prefer someone who feels but doesn't write to someone who writes but doesn't feel."
Marina Tsvetaeveva

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight.”
Ursula K. LeGuin

“It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.”
Joan Baez

“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
Anton Chekhov

“Books on writing tend to make much of how difficult it is to become a successful writer, but the truth is that, though the ability to write well is partly a gift—like the ability to play basketball well, or to analyze the stock market—writing ability is mainly a product of good teaching supported by a deep-down love of writing.”
John Gardner

"Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators."
Albert Camus

“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.”
Hart Crane

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
Ray Bradbury

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