Be as a page that aches for a word which speaks on a theme that
- Neil Diamond
A single word often betrays a great design.
- Jean Racine
The difference between the right word and the almost right word
is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
- Mark Twain
Our words must seem to be inevitable.
- William Butler Yeats
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.
Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting
to fly in the air.
Literature is an orchestration of platitudes.
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
- Edward Thorndike
Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
Truth is shorter than fiction.
Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad
- Anna Freud
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should
be doing something else.
- Gloria Steinem
To write simply is as difficult as to be good.
- W. Somerset Maugham
Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet
of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
- Gene Fowler
Half my life is an act of revision.
- John Irving
The only time I know that something is true is the moment I discover
it in the act of writing.
- Jean Malaquais
Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there
to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
- Catherine O'Hara
Since great writers communicate a vision of existence, one can't
borrow their methods. The method is married to the vision.
- Norman Mailer
Real work is completed in silence and strikes a chord in the minds
of only a very few.
- C.G. Jung
I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of
- Tom Stoppard
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
- Robert Frost
I am a part of all I have read.
- John Kieran
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle
A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, treasured
up to a life beyond life.
- John Milton
Dictionaries are like watches. The worst is better than none;
the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
- Samuel Johnson
There is a minority of gifted, willfuf people who are determined
to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this
- George Orwell
Biography lends to death a new terror.
- Oscar Wilde
Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their
hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.
- Jessamyn West
No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just
at the right place.
- Isaac Babel
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