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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

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

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

If you wish to be a writer; write!

Epictetus (50-120) Greek philosopher.


We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

Norman Mailer (1923-?) American writer.

You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.