#1: Think much, speak little, and write less. —Italian proverb

#2: It's the story that counts. —Margaret Atwood

#3: The first question . . . is: "Have I things in my head which I need to set forth, or do I merely want to be a writer?" Another way of putting it is, "Do I want to write—or to have written?" —Jacques Barzun



#4: My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see. —Joseph Conrad




#5: An old gentleman . . . declared that it was impossible for any woman, past, present, or to come, to have the genius of Shakespeare . . . He also told a lady . . . that cats as a matter of fact do not go to heaven, though they have, he added, souls of a sort. How much . . . thinking those old gentlemen used to save one! How the borders of ignorance shrank back at their approach! Cats do not go to heaven. Women cannot write the plays of Shakespeare. . . .

Indeed, I would venture to guess that ANON, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was a woman. —Virginia Woolf

#6: Writing is . . . seeking that thread of order and logic in the disorder . . . of life. What all artists are trying to do is to make sense of life. —Nadine Gordimer




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