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Zola on what makes a poet

There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman. — Emile Zola

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Williams on writing

At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. — Tennessee Williams,Sweet Bird of Youth (Forward)

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Ibsen on what it means to write

Writing has … been to me like a bath from which I have risen feeling cleaner, healthier, and freer. — Henrik Ibsen, Speeches and New Letters

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Allingham on learning to write

Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly each day. — William Allingham

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Rilke on what a writer needs to write

What is needed, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end–that is what you must be able to attain. — Rainer Maria Rilke

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Zola on the value of deadlines

One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines. — Emile Zola

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T.E. Lawrence on writing first drafts

All the revision in the world will not save a first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament. Alas! –T.E. Lawrence Technorati Code: S4MD26A9JYDG

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Herford on manuscripts

Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.–Oliver Herford

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Rexroth on poetry

I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.–Kenneth Rexroth

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Graves on how books support his poetry writing

Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.–Robert Graves

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