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Writing Quotations, Part II December 5, 2013

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Last year around Christmastime, I shared with my readers some of my favorite quotations about writing. Readers seemed to enjoy this gift, so I’ve gathered here a fresh batch of quotations to inspire and instruct.

“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.” — Tennessee Williams

“To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.” — William Shakespeare

“He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.” — Thomas Carlyle

“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” — Francis Bacon

Of all those arts in which the wise excel,
Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.

–Duke of Buckinghamshire Sheffield

“You write with ease to show your breeding, But easy writing’s curst hard reading.” — Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“To fall in love with a first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the prospects of never publishing.” — Richard North Patterson

 “Murder your darlings.” — Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

“I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” — Blaise Pascal

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
’T is not enough no harshness gives offence,—
The sound must seem an echo to the sense.

— Alexander Pope

“Writing is rewriting.” — Eudora Welty

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” — Peter De Vries

“I do not like to write–I like to have written.” — Gloria Steinem

“Though an angel should write, still ’t is devils must print.” — Thomas Moore

“The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” — Robert Benchley

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernard Shaw

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” — Stephen King