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To endow the writer publicly with a good fleshly body, to reveal that he likes dry white wine and underdone steak, is to make even more miraculous for me, and of a more divine essence, the products of his art. Far from the details of his daily life bringing nearer to me the nature of his inspiration and making it clearer, it is the whole mystical singularity of his condition which the writer emphasizes by such confidences. For I cannot but ascribe to some superhumanly the existence of beings vast enough to wear blue pajamas at the very moment when they manifest themselves as universal conscience.

Author: Roland Barthes (1915-1980)

Profession: French Semiologist

On the day when a young writer corrects his first proof-sheet he is as proud as a schoolboy who has just got his first dose of pox.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.

Author: Saul Bellow (1915)

Profession: American Novelist

The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Profession: American Humorist, Critic, Parodist

The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.

Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Profession: American Humorist, Critic, Parodist

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up, because by that time I was too famous.

Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Profession: American Humorist, Critic, Parodist

Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint. I was programmed to be a novelist or a playwright. But I'm not.

Author: Alan Bennett (1934)

Profession: British Playwright

Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.

Author: Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

Profession: British Novelist

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.

Author: Thomas Berger

Profession:

A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it.

Author: Maurice Blanchot (1907)

Profession: French Literary Theorist, Author

To write is to make oneself the echo of what cannot cease speaking -- and since it cannot, in order to become its echo I have, in a way, to silence it. I bring to this incessant speech the decisiveness, the authority of my own silence.

Author: Maurice Blanchot (1907)

Profession: French Literary Theorist, Author

He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.

Author: Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)

Profession: French Literary Poet, Critic

No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.

Author: Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)

Profession: French Literary Poet, Critic

Every writer ''creates'' his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.

Author: Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Profession: Argentinean Author