1897-1962. American novelist and short-story writer who was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
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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 others.
Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
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I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
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The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.
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Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
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The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn't have needed anyone since.
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A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we callwhat he writes fiction.
A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.