„Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing - for life itself is a writer's love until death.“

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„I love writers who limit themselves, who write beneath their intelligence.“

— Elias Canetti Bulgarian-born Swiss and British jewish modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer 1905 - 1994
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„Focusing on a writer’s life undermines the power of that writer’s ideas.“

— John Twelve Hawks American writer
Context: These days, I live on the grid – primarily because of medical issues. But I think that it would be hypocritical for a writer to condemn our surveillance culture and then appear on the Charlie Rose show to blather about personal details. Focusing on a writer’s life undermines the power of that writer’s ideas.

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„I'm a writer and this is what I love to do. There's no reason that just because you're a celebrity, you can't write.“

— Gloria Estefan Cuban-American singer-songwriter, actress and divorciada 1957
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„A writer who writes straight is the architect of history.“

— John Dos Passos novelist, playwright, poet, journalist, painter 1896 - 1970
Context: The mind of a generation is its speech. A writer makes aspects of that speech enduring by putting them in print. He whittles at the words and phrases of today and makes of them forms to set the mind of tomorrow's generation. That's history. A writer who writes straight is the architect of history. Introduction to 1932 Modern Library edition of Three Soldiers

„You can't be a writer if you're not a reader. It's the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it's for only half an hour — write, write, write.“

— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Context: I have advice for people who want to write. I don't care whether they're 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can't be a writer if you're not a reader. It's the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it's for only half an hour — write, write, write.

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