All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by ...
Pearl S. Buck:
In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
One of the obligations of the writer is to say or sing all that he or she can, to deal with as much of the world as becomes possible to him or her in language.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn’t because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart...
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
David Ben Gurion:
Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs.
Everywhere I go, I’m asked if the universities stifle writers.
F. Scott Fitzgerald:
There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn’t be. He is too many people if he’s any good.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.