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Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
-Cyril Connolly

If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
-Kingsley Amis

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
-Paul Valery

A painting is never finished -- it simply stops in interesting places.
-Paul Gardner

What is art but a way of seeing?
-Thomas Berger

Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
-Lawrence Durrell

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
-Edwin Schlossberg

If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
-Toni Morrison

Writing about people helps us to understand them, and understanding them helps us to accept them as part of ourselves.
-Alice Walker

I write to find out what I'm talking about.
-Edward Albee

It's appropriate to pause and say that the writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.
-Donald Barthelme

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
-Thomas Mann

You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
-James Baldwin

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
-Marcel Proust

I learned long ago that being Lewis Carroll was infinitely more exciting than being Alice.
-Joyce Carol Oates

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
-William Makepeace Thackeray

The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected in the dark sea of Time.
-From "The Sword and the Staff: a Book of Merlin" by Jeffrey Robbins

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