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A Quote by Barry Mann on waiting, writers, and writing

I think that most writers who wait until they're inspired to write are just waiting for the fear to subside.

Barry Mann

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A Quote by Milan Kundera on novel, writing, existence, knowledge, and morality

A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.

Milan Kundera

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A Quote by Pearl S. Buck on writing, waiting, paper, writers, faith, hope, and work

In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.

Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)

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A Quote by Don Marquis on poetry, writing, publishing, and waiting

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

Don Marquis (1878 - 1937)

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A Quote by Plato on love, poetry, loving, poets, and writing

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

Plato (c.427 - 347 BC)

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A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on poetry, writing, and love

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.

Robert Frost

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on love, writing, and letters

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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A Quote by John Drinkwater on greatness, poetry, and writing

Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.

John Drinkwater (1882 - 1937)

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A Quote by Adam Zagajewski on mystics, mysticism, intelligence, spirituality, and writing

And now, advice for beginning mystics. Be sober, be intelligent, be educated, rely on the tangible reality as long as you can. Remember that the act of writing is a tiny part of a bigger something. Defend the value of the spiritual experience and if somebody tells you it's an old fashioned notion, laugh loudly and serenely.

Adam Zagajewski

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A Quote by Jayne Anne Phillips on writing, awareness, meaning, meaningful, self, and life

Human beings can't live without the illusion of meaning, the apprehension of confluence, the endless debate concerning the fault in the stars or in ourselves. The writer is just the messenger, the moving target. Inside culture, the writer is the talking self. Through history, the writing that lasts is the whisper of conscience. The guild of writers is essentially a medieval guild existing in a continual Dark Age, shaman, monks, witches, nuns, working in isolation, playing with fire.

When the first illuminated manuscripts were created, few people could read. Now that people are bombarded with image and information and the World Wide Web is an open vein, few people can read. Reading with sustained attention, reading for understanding, reading to cut through random meaninglessness - such reading becomes a subversive act. The writer's first affinity is not to a loyalty, a tradition, a morality, a religion, but to life itself, and to its representation in language. Ego enters in, but writing is far too hard and solitary to be sustained by ego. The writer is compelled to write. The writer writes for love. The writer lives in spiritual debt to language, the gold key in the palm of meaning. Awake, asleep, in every moment of being, the writer stands at the gate.

The gate may open.
The gate may not.
Regardless, the writer can see straight through it.

Jayne Phillips

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