10 timeless quotes about writing

27 05 2011

“I write to tell stories. I believe that there a some professions in the world that will last forever: doctor or a nurse, teacher, builder and a storyteller.”
— Eppu Nuotio

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“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
— Thomas Jefferson

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“Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.”
Matthew Arnold

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“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones.”
Stephen King

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“A writer doesn’t solve problems. He allows them to emerge.”
Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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“Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.”
Rhys Alexander

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“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
Edwin Schlossberg

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“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”
Orson Scott Card

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“The two most engaging powers of a writer are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.”
— Samuel Johnson

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“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it, and the writing will be just as it should be.”
— Mark Twain

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6 responses

27 05 2011
Classic

Brilliant quotes 😀

31 05 2011
Alex Mitchell

Glad you enjoy the quotes as much as I do, Classic. Lots of insight and inspiration in good quotes. Thanks for reading!

27 05 2011
bardicblogger

Great quotes. 🙂

31 05 2011
Alex Mitchell

Thanks for the feedback! I of course can’t take credit for the words, but I certainly enjoyed assembling the list.

27 05 2011
C.B. Wentworth

Great quotes – Orson Scott Card and Mark Twain both offer excellent pieces of advice. 🙂

31 05 2011
Alex Mitchell

Thank you for the note, C.B. Card’s and Twain’s quotes are terrific. Glad you enjoyed them.

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