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Nothing so fretful, so despicable as a Scribbler, see what I am, and what a parcel of Scoundrels I have brought about my ears, and what language I have been obliged to treat them with to deal with them in their own way; -- all this comes of Authorship.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.

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

Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals.

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) American writer.

My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.

Unknown Source

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterwards.

Unknown Source

For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no régime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-?) Russian novelist, dramatist and historian.

The best emotions to write out of are anger and fear or dread. The least energizing emotion to write out of is admiration. It is very difficult to write out of because the basic feeling that goes with admiration is a passive contemplative mood.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

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