Quotes of Calling

“ Writing is not a profession, but a vocation of unhappiness. ”

- Georges Simenon

“ If you get to be thirty-five and your job still involves wearing a name tag, you've probably made a serious vocational error. ”

- Dennis Miller

“ Politics is the profession of those who have neither trade nor art. ”

- Muhammad Hijazi

“ When I left the band, what the band did is really their own business. And their career - they got on with it, and I got on with my career. ”

- Bruce Dickinson

“ Calling Atheism a religion is like calling bald a hair color. ”

- Don Hirschberg

“ The physician's highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy — to heal, as it is termed. ”

- Samuel Hahnemann

“ Calling O'Hare an airport is like calling the Queen Elizabeth II a boat. ”

- Andrew H. Malcolm

“ Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the environmentalist view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view. ”

- Edward O. Wilson

“ Writers don't choose their craft; they need to write in order to face the world. ”

- Alice Hoffman

“ Writing is a calling, not a choice. ”

- Isabel Allende

“ Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. ”

- Ray Bradbury

“ I feel well when I am writing. ”

- Anita Brookner

“ At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if–what then' approach. ”

- Chris Van Allsburg

“ Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ Don’t write it right, just write it - and then make it right later. ”

- Tara Moss

“ Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Writing is the painting of the voice. ”

- Voltaire

“ The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling. ”

- Fabienne Fredrickson

“ I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. ”

- Harper Lee

“ Writers aren't exactly people... They're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person. ”

- Francis Scott Fitzgerald

“ A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. ”

- Karl Kraus

“ If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut. ”

- Stephen King

“ The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. ”

- Terry Pratchett

“ Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. ”

- Natalie Goldberg

“ The original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. ”

- Chateaubriand

“ I write to reach eternity. ”

- James Jones

“ I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss - you can’t do it alone. ”

- John Cheever

“ The profession of a prostitute is the only career in which the maximum income is paid to the newest apprentice. It is the one calling in which at the beginning the only exertion is that of self-indulgence; all the prizes are at the commencement. It is the ever-new embodiment of the old fable of the sale of the soul to the Devil… ”

- William Booth

“ Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment. ”

- Thomas Jefferson
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