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Words are our way of communicating with others. There is the spoken word and the written word. Many languages are akin to each other, however writing is not a language. The written word is a tool used to make languages be read. Writing is a great form of communicating because by putting your words on paper you can reach more people and your messages can be read by future generations.

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.  ~ Don Marquis

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.  ~ Virginia Woolf

I'm sorry this letter is so long, I didn't have time to make it shorter.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

Writer's block is a disease for which there is no cure, only respite.  ~ Terri Guillemets

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.  ~ Samuel Johnson

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.  ~ Maya Angelou

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them.  The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.  ~ Joan Baez

Books want to be born: I never make them.  They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.  ~ Samuel Butler

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~ William Wordsworth

No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.  ~ Ezra Pound

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Everyone should always have two books with him, one to read and one to write in.  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't look at the world with your hands in your pockets. To write about it you have to reach out and touch it.  ~ Mark Twain

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.  ~ Truman Capote

A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.  ~ Ernest Hemingway

I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.  ~ C.S. Lewis

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.  ~ Mark Twain

No tears and the writer, no tears and the reader.  ~ Robert Frost

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.  ~ Lillian Hellman

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.  ~ Stephen King

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.  ~ Benjamin Franklin

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.  ~ Thomas Mann

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.  ~ Albert Camus

A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.  ~ Mark Twain

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.  ~ Ernest Hemingway

I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.  ~ Philip Pullman

A word after a word after a word is power.  ~ Margaret Atwood

Writing is a dog’s life, but the only one worth living.  ~ Gustave Flaubert

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.  ~ Sidney Sheldon

The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.  ~ Ernest Hemingway

Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.  ~ Margaret Atwood

Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision. ~ Joseph Joubert

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.  ~ Stephen King

Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.  ~ Colette

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.  ~ Anatole France

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.  ~ E. B. White

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Writers are the engineers of human souls.  ~ Joseph Stalin

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.  ~ Francis Bacon

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.  ~ C.S. Lewis

Writing is both mask and unveiling.  ~ E. B. White

The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.  ~ Robert Frost

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

I have only made this letter rather long because I have not had time to make it shorter.  ~ Blaise Pascal

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.  ~ Karl Kraus

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.  ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember.  ~ Mary Shelley

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.  ~ Olin Miller

But still the Vine her ancient Ruby yields, And still a Garden by the Water blows.  ~ Edward Fitzgerald

Pity's akin to love.  ~ Thomas Southerne

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