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Quotes - Writing

"Silence is the ultimate weapon of power." -Charles DeGaulle

"I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence." -unknown

"Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind."- Rudyard Kipling

"There is more than one way to say what you mean to say."- unknown

"Real influence is in listening first, and talking second." -unknown

"If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing." -Kingsley Amis

"Litera Scripta Manet." ('The written word endures') -Latin Proverb

"I won't have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent." -unknown

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." -Benjamin Franklin

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -Beatrice Hall

"Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in the dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." -Nathaniel Hawthorne

"How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream." -Gaston Bachelard

"First seek to understand and then to be understood." -unknown

"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." -Mark Twain

"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent." -James Baldwin

"Writers have two main problems. One is writer's block, when the words won't come at all, and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast, they can hardly make it to the wastebasket in time." -Cecilia Bartholomew

"Many suffer from the incurable disease of writing and it becomes chronic in their sick minds." -Juvenal

"A classic is something that everyone wants to have read, but nobody wants to read." -Mark Twain

"Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." -Mark Twain

"Words are meaningless. It is the way they are said that gives them meaning." -unknown

"You have two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly." -unknown

"Speech is the index of the mind." -Seneca

"A closed mouth gathers no foot." -unknown

"I don't believe writers can be made either by circumstance or by self-will…the equipment comes with the original package." -Stephen King ("On Writing")

"I think I did pretty well considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper." -Steve Martin

"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -Nietzsche (On Reading and Writing)

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