More Quotes On Writing & Reading

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So last night I’m stuck with a high draft number at the Harry Potter release party so I do what any reasonable aging man would do. I retreated from the madness of Harry facsimiles with their Hogwarts academic robes, Harry owlish-spectakles, face-painted lightning scars and found a quiet corner with a Barnes and Noble quote book on writing and writers. Here are a few of my favorites.

There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
Oscar Wilde

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the other.
William Faulkner

My books are water; those of great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.
Mark Twain

Don’t tell me the moon I shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov

The greatest thing in style is to have a command of metaphor.

Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. Its like asking someone with cancer about the progress of his disease.
Jay McInerney

Writing books is the closest men ever come to child bearing.
Norman Mailer

Style and structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
Vladimir Nabokov

The most essential gift for a writer is a built in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.
Ernest Hemingway

In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than unalike.
Mayo Angelo

Artists are the antennae of the race.
Ezra Pound

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It’s about Russia.
Woody Allen

I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book.
Groucho Marx

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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