Things That Other People Said

Things That Other People Said

“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
George Orwell

“Writers live twice.”
Natalie Goldberg

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”
Ray Bradbury

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.”
Jim Tully

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.”
—Catherine Drinker Bowen

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Ernest Hemingway

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

— Virginia Woolf, The Moment and Other Essays

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
― Ralph Waldo EmersonThe Complete Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson