Sunday, 26 February 2017

10 Perfectly Horrid Writing Quotations

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1. Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good. - Samuel Johnson.

2. I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offense. - George Eliot

3. An author is a fool who not content with boring his contemporaries, insists of boring future generations. - Baron De La Brede Et De Montesquieu. 

4. And when her biographer says of an Italian woman poet: "during some years her Muse was intermitted," we do not wonder at the fact when he casually mentions her ten children. - Anna Garlin Spencer

5. Until he starts to sell, a writer is a bum to his family, a lazy lout to his friends, and a self-deluding parasite to his neighbours. When he becomes known, he is "one helluva neighbour" to his neighbours, a genius to his friends and a favourite cousin to his family. But none of them buy his books. - Clifford Welles.

6. With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs. - James Thurber

7. Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. - Clarence Darrow.

8. Human beings are made by their experiences. Women have different experiences to men - which is not a good reason for wriing about nothing but wombs and menstruation. - Pam Brown

9. Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composing, I resolved to write a book. - Edward Gibbon

10,The perfect hostess will see to it that the works of male and female authors be properly separated on her bookshelves. Their proximity, unless the authors happen to be married, should not be tolerated. Lady Gough's Etiquette (1863)

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