Quotes of Dramatist

“ The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- T. S. Eliot

“ 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

“ 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

“ A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers. ”

- Gwendolyn Brooks

“ In Ireland, a writer is looked upon as a failed conversationalist. ”

- Unknown

“ You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences. ”

- Anatole France

“ When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too. ”

- Stephen King

“ You become a serious novelist by living long enough. ”

- Don Delillo

“ A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. ”

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“ 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

“ If you wish to be a writer; write! ”

- Epictetus

“ 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

“ I must apologise because I know all writers have memories of being on the outer because it's the children on the side of the playground who become the dangerous writers. ”

- Thomas Keneally

“ I thought I'd definitely be a writer, whatever I did. ”

- Thomas Keneally

“ I think new writers everywhere need opportunities to get published. ”

- Greg Egan

“ I just don't see myself as a travel writer. I can't. I don't. ”

- Robyn Davidson

“ Writers speak stench. ”

- Franz Kafka

“ Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square. ”

- Alex Cox

“ You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer. ”

- Margaret Atwood

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

- Karl Kraus

“ Writing has power, but its power has no vector. Writers can stir the mind, but they can't direct it. Time changes things, God changes things, the dictators change things, but writers can't change anything. ”

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

“ 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

“ 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

“ Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers. ”

- Flannery O’Connor

“ A writer can be compared to a well. There are as many kinds of wells as there are writers. The important thing is to have good water in the well, and it is better to take a regular amount out than to pump the well dry and wait for it to refill. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ 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

“ How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it. ”

- Thornton Wilder

“ The theatre is supremely fitted to say: "Behold! These things are." Yet most dramatists employ it to say: "This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.". ”

- Thornton Wilder
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