„In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?“

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„Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.“

—  Rainer Maria Rilke Austrian poet and writer 1875 - 1926
Context: No one can advise or help you — no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Letter One (17 February 1903)

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„You are writing for yourself.“

—  William Zinsser writer, editor, journalist, literary critic, professor 1922 - 2015
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„If you write for yourself, you'll reach all the people you want to write for.“

—  William Zinsser writer, editor, journalist, literary critic, professor 1922 - 2015
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„You must not take out your sword because if you try to kill someone, you must die for it yourself. What you must do instead is kill yourself, kill your own mind.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru Japanese Buddhist monk 1914 - 1982
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„There were a significant number of questions I had asked myself and, as you know, when you really ask yourself the questions, you give better answers than if we merely read the conventional answers.“

—  Albert Messiah French physicist 1921 - 2013
explaining how he came to write his textbook on quantum mechanics, in Descente au coeur de la matière, an interview edited by

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