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Engrave this Quote Of course I'm a black writer. I'm not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer and Latin American writer aren't marginal anymore. We have to acknowledge that the thing we call literature is more pluralistic now, just as society ought to be. The melting pot never worked. We ought to be able to accept on equal terms everybody from the Hasidim to Walter Lippmann, from the Rastafarians to Ralph Bunche.
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-Toni Morrison
Engrave this Quote There's more of yourself in a book than a play. that's why we know all about Dickens and not much about Shakespeare. Ben Jonson murdered people; Marlowe was a spy; Shakespeare just sat in the corner and took notes.
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-Sir John Mortimer
Engrave this Quote The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yogurt.
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-Sir John Mortimer
Engrave this Quote Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
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-Iris Murdoch
Engrave this Quote Rereading this novel today, replaying the moves of its plot, I feel rather like Anderssen fondly recalling his sacrifice of both Rooks to the unfortunate and noble Kieseritsky
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-Vladimir Nabokov
The Defense foreword
Engrave this Quote A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives.
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-Vladimir Nabokov
Engrave this Quote I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.
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-V. S. Naipaul
Engrave this Quote For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application -- why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
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-Howard Nemerov
Engrave this Quote The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying. Being unable to write, you must examine in writing this being unable, which becomes for the present -- henceforth? -- the subject to which you are condemned. The first thought is this: fear. I cannot write because I am afraid. Of what?
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-Howard Nemerov
Journal of the Fictive Life, 1965
Engrave this Quote I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
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-Pablo Neruda
Engrave this Quote Jesus of Nazareth could have chosen simply to express Himself in moral precepts; but like a great poet He chose the form of the parable, wonderful short stories that entertained and clothed the moral precept in an eternal form. It is not sufficient to catch man's mind, you must also catch the imaginative faculties of his mind.
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-Dudley Nichols
Engrave this Quote To be a good diarist, one must have a snouty, sneaky mind.
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-Harold Nicolson
Engrave this Quote I have used these weeks to revalue values. Do you understand this expression? When you come right down to it, the alchemist is the most praiseworthy of men: I mean the one who changes something negligible or contemptible into something of value, even gold. He alone enriches, the others merely exchange. My task is quite singular this time: I have asked myself what mankind has always hated, feared, and despised the most
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-Friedrich Nietzsche
Letter to Georg Brandes, May 23, 1888
Engrave this Quote Remember the waterfront shack with the sign FRESH FISH SOLD HERE. Of course it's fresh, we're on the ocean. Of course it's for sale, we're not giving it away. Of course it's here, otherwise the sign would be someplace else. The final sign: FISH.
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-Peggy Noonan
Engrave this Quote A writer is a person who has solutions for which there are no riddles.
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-Gregory Nunn
Engrave this Quote It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.
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-Flannery O'Connor
Engrave this Quote Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
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-Flannery O'Connor
Engrave this Quote The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.
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-Michael Ondaatje
Engrave this Quote A scrupulous writer in every sentence that he writes will ask himself. . . What am I trying to say? What words will express it?...And he probably asks himself. . . Could I put it more shortly? But you are not obliged to go to all this trouble. You can shirk it by simply throwing open your mind and letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in. They will construct your sentences for you
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-George Orwell, "Horizon", April, 1947
Engrave this Quote Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.
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-George Orwell
Engrave this Quote All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
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-George Orwell
Engrave this Quote For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
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-George Orwell
Engrave this Quote I did try very hard to tell the whole truth without violating my literary instincts.
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-George Orwell
Why I Write

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