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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.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

In general I do not draw well with literary men -- not that I dislike them but I never know what to say to them after I have praised their last publication.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.

Author: Elias Canetti (1905)

Profession: Austrian Novelist, Philosopher

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

Author: Truman Capote (1942)

Profession: American Author

Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.

Author: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)

Profession: French Writer, Journalist, Playwright

Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

There is something about the literary life that repels me, all this desperate building of castles on cobwebs, the long-drawn acrimonious struggle to make something important which we all know will be gone forever in a few years, the miasma of failure which is to me almost as offensive as the cheap gaudiness of popular success.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.

Author: John Cheever (1912-1982)

Profession: American Author

Who often, but without success, have prayed for apt Alliteration's artful aid.

Author: Charles Churchill (1731-1764)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

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.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister