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A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian writer.

No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish author.

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

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

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.


Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

Wayne Dyer (1940-?) American psychotherapist, author and lecturer.

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.