We write our names in the sand: and then the waves roll in and wash them away.
To a poet every curve of her was a well place word.
Poetry is composing, you are writing words to move the world like music.
One day I’ll paint the perfect sunset – if I can only find the words.
No one writes anything worth writing, unless he writes entirely for the sake of his subject.
A man who has not enough originality to think out a new title for his book will be much less capable of giving it new content.
He who writes carelessly confesses thereby at the very outset that he does not attach much importance to his own thoughts.
The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.
A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.
For me writing biographies is impossible, unless they are brief and concise, and these are, I feel, the most eloquent.
The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the forces of the circumstances render them impossible.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
Some judge of authors’ names, not works, and then nor praise nor blame the writings, but the men.
I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
It’s with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
If I haven’t any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself.
I have often been downcast but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary, I treat all the privations as amusing.
I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
When I write, I can shake off all my cares.
There’s something happening every day, but I’m too tired and lazy to write it all down.
People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11.