Archive for November, 2010

Bennett on doing the impossible

The history of literature is nothing but the performance by authors of feats which the best experience had declared could not be performed.–Arnold Bennett

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Bronte on writing

Whatever becomes of the work, the occupation of writing has been a real boon to me. It took me out of dark and desolate reality into an unreal but happier region.–Charlotte Bronte

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Beckett on failure

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.–Samuel Beckett

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Cheever on writing well

To write well, to write passionately, to be less inhibited, to be warmer, to be more self-critical, to recognize the power of as well as the force of lust, to write, to love.–John Cheever

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Eliot on writing

It is never too late to be who you might have been.–George Elliot

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Gass on being a fiction writer

As a fiction writer, I find it convenient not to believe things. Not to disbelieve them either, just move them into a realm where everything is held in suspension.–William Gass

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Nietzsche on critics

Critics desire our blood, not our pain.–Friedrich Nietzsche

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Dickinson on what is poetry

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.–Emily Dickinson

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Taylor on advice to writers

I believe the saddest news one has to give any young writer just setting out is that very few good writers are able to support themselves by their writing.–Peter Taylor

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Kennedy on recognition

Recognition is everything you write for; it’s much more than the money. You want your books to be valued. It’s a basic aspiration of the serious writer.–William Kennedy

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