A Quote by Anaïs Nin on writing and living sanely

I believe one writes because on has to create a world in which one can live.

Anaïs Nin (1903 - 1977)

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A Quote by Edith Sitwell on reading, writing, and rabbits

A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits.

Edith Sitwell

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A Quote by on writing, life, authenticity, honesty, truth, writer, and to write

I think a real writer simply has to think in other terms. Not, "Will I get in this magazine? Will I get the NEA next year?" but whether or not this work is something he would do if a gun was held to his head and somebody was going to pull the trigger as soon as the last word of the last paragraph of the last page was finished. Now if you can write out of the sense that you're going to die as soon as the work is done, then you will write with urgency, honesty, courage, and without flinching at all, as if this were the last testament in language, the last utterance you could ever make to anybody. If a work is written like that, then I want to read it. If somebody's writing out of that sense, then I'll say, "This is serious. This person is not fooling around. This work is not a means to some other end, the work is not just intended for some silly superficial goal, this work is the writer saying something, because he or she feels that if it isn't said, it will never be said." Those are the writers I want to read. And there are not many twentieth-century writers like that [nor twenty-first century writers either!--SMdM].

Charles Johnson

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A Quote by Alfred, Lord TENNYSON on life, words, writing, and grief

I sometimes hold it half a sin, To put in words the grief I feel. For words, like nature, half reveal, And half conceal the soul within.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

Source: In Memoriam

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on life, imagination, imaginary, change, parting, leaving, flux, distance, fate, time, crossroads, fiction, past, present, future, adventure, character, picaresque, road, travel, author, writing, luke soloman, and free novel

I didn’t look back. I couldn’t. Such is life, imaginary or otherwise: a continuous parting of ways, a constant flux of approximation and distanciation, lines of fate intersecting at a point which is no-time, a theoretical crossroads fictitiously “present,” an unstable ice floe forever drifting between was and will be. The Adventure called and I followed with my thumb like a character being written by an intractable author. Which, of course, I was.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 85

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A Quote by Lev Semenovich Vygotsky on thinking, life, and writing

A word devoid of thought is a dead thing, and a thought unembodied in words remains a shadow.

Lev Semenovich Vygotsky

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A Quote by Diane Vanderford on poetry, writing, and truth

Poetry is Truth, but not necessarily reality.

Diane Vanderford

Source: My own ears

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A Quote by Vanna Bonta on death and writing

I've been aware of death since I was a little girl. My only regret will be not being able to write about it.

Vanna Bonta

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A Quote by Henry Miller on writing, creativity, truth, beauty, personal power, and inspiration

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because se we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he gets desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive form the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up to discover what is already there.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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A Quote by George Orwell on writing, thinking, and independence

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

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