Writer

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. – Winston Churchill

I wrote a few children’s books. Not on purpose. – Steven Wright

I get a lot of letters from people. They say: “I want to be a writer. What should I do?” I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it. – Ruth Rendell

If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers. – Irvin S. Cobb

If Moses were alive today he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published. – Anonymous

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. – Stephen King

If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers. – Doug Larson

Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and write. – Norman Mailer

Learn to write. Never mind the damn statistics. If you like statistics, become a CPA. – Jim Murray

The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he’s given the freedom to starve anywhere. – S.J. Perelman

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.       – Gene Fowler

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

Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.  – Ernest Hemingway

Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment thereafter. – Jessamyn West

I was sorry to hear my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I am not feeling very well myself. – Mark Twain

All autobiographies are alibi-ographies. – Clare Booth Luce

‘The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. – Mary Heaton Vorse

The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering. – Tom Waits

The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another. – J. Frank Dobie

An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory. – Franklin P. Jones

Long, hard slog today writing the Great American Tweet.(That was it…what do you think? Pulitzer?)
(That was it…what do you think? Pulitzer?) – Greg Tamblyn

A bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn’t allow it to spoil your lunch. – Kingsley Amis

Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard. – John Steinbeck

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. – Christopher Hampton

The only time I’ll get good reviews is if I kill myself. – Edward Albee

As far as I’m concerned, “whom” is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler. – Calvin Trillin

Listen up, Internet: there is no “h” in “wacky.” Got that? THERE IS NO “H” IN “WACKY.” Thank you.          – Dave Barry

Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up. – Ernest Hemingway

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. – Josh Billings

Alimony is the curse of the writing class. – Norman Mailer

Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people. – Philip Guedalla

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing. – Quentin Crisp

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does. – Groucho Marx

Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications. – Fran Lebowitz

Revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.  – Stephen King

Never let a bad memory get in the way of a good memoir. – Joanie Levenson

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. – Flannery O’Connor

It’s splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your imagination and make them pop like chestnuts. – Gustave Flaubert

Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public. – Paulo Coelho

All literature is gossip. – Truman Capote

Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. – Dr. Samuel Johnson, to an aspiring writer

I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better. – A. J. Liebling

There’s not much to be said about the period except that most writers don’t reach it soon enough. – William Zinsser

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. – Robert Benchley

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am a grown up they call me a writer. – Isaac Bashevis Singer

Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. Don’t use no double negatives. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. – William Safire

Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial “we”. – Mark Twain

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money. – Ashish Chauhan ‏@4shish

Did you hear about the little boy who ended a sentence with 5 prepositions? He said, “What are you bringing that book that I don’t want to be read to out of up for?”

Let me see if I can put it in words that even the inebriated might understand. – Tom Robbins

When Thoreau wrote: “Simplify, simplify, simplify!” shouldn’t he have edited it down to “Simplify!”?            – CrankyPappy ‏@CrankyPappy

He does not so much split his infinitives as disembowel them. – Rebecca West

I am a writer. If I seem cold, it’s because I am surrounded by drafts. – (Unknown Author)