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“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance”
“The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.”
“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.”
“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others”
“A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.”
P. L. Travers
“The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both.”
“I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning”
Peter De Vries
“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.”
“The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life -and one is as good as the other.”
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