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"Whenever I'm asked what kind of writing is most lucrative . . . I have to say ransom notes!"  - H.N. Swanson


"As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money. Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money." - Martin Cruz Smith


"The writer does the greatest good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time." - Sydney Smith


"Literature is like any other trade; you will never sell anything unless you go to the right shop." - George Bernard Shaw


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


 "The greatest cure for writer's cramp is writer's block." - Anonymous


 "Someday, I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away." -Clarence Darrow


"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." - W. Somerset Maugham


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Chinese Proverb


"The first forty years gives us the text, the next forty we supply the commentary." -Arthur Shopenhauer


"I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this." -Cormac McCarthy


"Writing is not a profession, but a vocation of unhappiness." - George Simenon


"There are two literary maladies - writer's cramp and swelled head." -Coulson Kernahan


"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." -G.K. Chesterton


"What an author likes to write most . . . is his signature on the back of a check." -Brendan Francis


"If the doctor told me I had only six months to live, I'd type a little faster. " -Isaac Asimov


"I only write when I feel like it; and I feel like it at 9am every morning." -Henry Miller


"In every fat book is a thin book trying to get out." -Anonymous


"Income tax returns are often the most imaginative fiction being written today." -Herman Wouk


"Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one." -Robert Byrne


"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." - Italo Calvino


"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader." -Robert Frost


"Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." -Gene Fowler


"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure." -Samuel Johnson


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


"It is as easy to dream a good book as it is hard to write a good book." -Balzac


"The oldest books are still new to those who have not read them." -Samuel Butler


"Posterity - what you write for after being turned down by publishers." - George Ade


"Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting." - Pete Hamill


"Anything that isn't writing is easy" --Jimmy Breslin


"Man (person) who stands on top of hill with mouth wide open will wait long time for roast duck to fly in" - Confucius


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


"I've only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing. The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water." - Katherine Anne Porter


Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted" -Jules Renard


A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." -Thomas Mann


"Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it

leads." -Erica Jong


"To write a book is easy; it only requires pen and ink and the ever patient paper. To read a book is more difficult, because of the tendency to go to sleep...but the most difficult task of all that a mortal can embark is to sell a book." -Sir Stanley Unwin


"Fulfilling your dreams can be more theraputic than analyzing them." - Unknown


"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Ben Franklin


"The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair." - Mary Heaton Vorse


One book salesman said that he's gotten three orders last week: "get out, stay out, and don't come back!" - Anonymous



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