Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Barker, Joel A
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.
Adler, Mortimer Jerome
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
Albee, Edward Franklin
Why had I become a writer in the first place? Because I wasn’t fit for society; I didn’t fit into the system
If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing
There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them
Auden, Wystan Hugh
There is absolutely nothing I can tell anybody; except that writers come from all sorts of backgrounds and take all sorts of paths. It's a total mystery how it happens
A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream
Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man and writing an exact man.
Bacon, Sir Francis
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything
Journal writing is a voyage into the interior
Nothing matters but writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile...a stain upon the silence
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind.
Bowen, Catherine Drinker
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
Bradley, Francis Herbert
The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master - something that at time strangely wills and works for itself.
You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed
As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.
Brooks, Van Wyck
The process of writing - any form of creativity - is a power intensifying life
Brown, Rita Mae
In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert
Master books, but do not let them master you. - Read to live, not live to read
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert
All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books
Bury, Richard De
Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.