Quotes of Columnist

“ I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers. ”

- T. S. Eliot

“ There was never a lighting crew, sound crew, makeup crew, anything,... The list of cameramen is a list of great bebop musicians and writers in L.A., buddies of ours who just happened to be around. ”

- Penn Jillette

“ I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters. ”

- James Albert Michener

“ They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. ”

- Lillian Hellman

“ For a country to have a great writer is like having another government. That's why no rTgime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. ”

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“ She was a very funny writer but also a very thoughtful one. She made writers think and she made readers think. She was constantly playing on the difference between God and the writer. ”

- David Lodge

“ It's so easy to get into the same routine. A novel every two years; perhaps, improving technique. But I'm not interested in that. I'm interested in doing something fundamentally important — and therefore, it needs time. And what I've been doing, really, is avoiding this pressure to get into the habit of one novel a year… ”

- Chinua Achebe

“ Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers. ”

- Curt Rosten

“ What is difficult is the promotion, balancing the public side of a writer's life with the writing. I think that's something a lot of writers are having to face. Writers have become much more public now. ”

- Kazuo Ishiguro

“ What description of clouds and sunsets was to the old novelist, description of scientific apparatus and methods is to the modern Scientific Detective writer. ”

- Hugo Gernsback

“ For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. ”

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“ I think the special thing about Python is that it's a writers' commune. The writers are in charge. The writers decide what the material is. ”

- Eric Idle

“ I am satisfied that all politicians were meant to be journalists and all journalists meant to be politicians. ”

- Owen Arthur

“ My guess is more reporters probably vote Democrat than Republican - just because I think reporters are smart. ”

- Jerry Springer

“ I didn't know writers could be real live people, because I never knew any writers. ”

- Rita Dove

“ Ilike ideas writers have that I might not have written. Writers are there for a reason… to write for me. ”

- Tim Roth

“ Well, when you come down to it, I don't see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you? ”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

“ Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues - which takes years. ”

- Alex Haley

“ Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. ”

- Bible

“ One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like. ”

- Leslie Fiedler

“ Writers always know whether you like them or not. ”

- Leslie Fiedler

“ I'm definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there's no doubt about that. ”

- Anne Rice

“ For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo. ”

- Nicholson Baker

“ Being a newspaper columnist is like marrying a nymphomaniac - It's great for the first two weeks. ”

- Lewis Grizzard

“ I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter. ”

- James Albert Michener

“ When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them. ”

- Franklin P. Adams

“ Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat — no matter who killed the meat for him. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ If you lose your temper at a newspaper columnist, he'll get rich or famous or both. ”

- James C. Hagerty

“ Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. ”

- T. S. Eliot

“ A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction. ”

- Graham Greene
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