A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be
A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
I write with experiences in mind, but I don't write about them, I write out of them.
I'm a believer. I don't go to church. I don't belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn't write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.
I'm sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I didn't have time to write a short one.
I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.
I've always found the second book in a series is the hardest to write.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
People die from typewriters falling on their heads.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
The task of a writer is not to solve the problem but to state the problem correctly.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
You have to work hard to get to the top of your game. I think every writer has doubts! I still do all the time.