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Be as a page that aches for a word which speaks on a theme that is timeless.

- 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.

Robert Frost

Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.

Maxwell Bodenheim

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.

Carl Sandburg

Literature is an orchestration of platitudes.

Thornton Wilder

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.

Ayn Rand

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling

Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.


Truth is shorter than fiction.

Irving Cohen

Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training.

- 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 contradicting myself.

- 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 class.

- 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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