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I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) French philosopher and poet.

Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American writer.


If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

Truman Capote (1924-1984) American author.

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) French poet.

I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.

Woody Allen (1935-?) American director, actor and comedian.

Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.