"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” - William Carlos Williams M.D.
“[Writing is] like driving a car at night: you never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” - E.L. Doctorow
“Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck.” – Iris Murdoch
"If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers." - Irwin S. Cobb
"You never know what you'll want to write until it starts writing itself in your head." – Jill Ker Conway
“Most writers enjoy two periods of happiness — when a glorious idea comes to mind and, secondly, when a last page has been written and you haven’t had time to know how much better it ought to be.” - J.B. Priestley
“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. ... With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.” - Gabriel García Márquez
"I have learned in my thirty-odd years of serious writing only one sure lesson: stories, like whiskey, must be allowed to mature in the cask." - Sean O'Faolain
"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
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." - Margaret Fuller
"Stick with what is essential to the piece, find the right image, the right language, then shut up, stand back and let the work speak for itself." - Marya Hornbacher
“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” - Jesse Lee Bennett
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." - Francis Bacon
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” - Joseph Brodsky
"You can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries." – Christopher Morley
“No two persons ever read the same book.” - Edmund Wilson
"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges
"It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning." - Claude Bernard
“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas.” - Norman Cousins
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” - P.J. O’Rourke
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” - Neil Gaiman
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” - Oscar Wilde
"When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read." – Hilaire Belloc
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” - Paul Sweeney
"Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking." - John Barrington Wain
"It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there." - William Carlos Williams M.D.
"When in public poetry should take off its clothes and wave to the nearest person in sight; it should be seen in the company of thieves and lovers rather than that of journalists and publishers." - Brian Patten
"Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child." - Carl Sandburg
"Poetry is what gets lost in translation." - Robert Frost
Poetry should: "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant." - Emily Dickinson
"Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings." - W.H. Auden
“The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.” - Christopher Morley
"Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young." - Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
"How gladly, with proper words, the soldier dies." - Wallace Stevens
“The greatest thing of all is to be a master of the metaphor. It is the only thing which cannot be taught by others; and it is also a sign of original genius, because a good metaphor implies the intuitive perception of similarity in dissimilar things.” – Aristotle
Words are things, and a small drop of ink falling like dew upon a thought produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. - Lord Byron
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