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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." - Ray Bradbury

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer." - Ernest Hemingway

"The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn't write." - Unknown

"You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

"There is no perfect time to write. There's only now." - Barbara Kingsolver

"Your attitude is everything. Believe in yourself and trust your material. To be a successful writer, write every single day where you feel like it or not. Never, never give up, and the world will reward you beyond your wildest dreams." - Alex Haley, author of 'Roots'

"Anyone who has a choice and doesn't choose to write is a fool. The work is hard, the perks are few, the pay is terrible, and the product, when it's finally finished, is pure joy". - Mary Lee Settle

More quotations on writing

"The solitude of writing is also quite frightening. It's quite close to madness, one just disappears for a day and loses touch." - Nadine Gordimer

"However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader." - Robert Frost

"It's very simple. If you learn how to write well, to write with depth, cream will rise to the top. You'll get published. But, there is no secret." - Dennis Lehane, best-selling crime novelist

"I have written because it fulfilled me...I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever." - Stephen King, "On Writing"

"Art is the manipulation of someone else's imagination." - Sol Saks, Funny Business

"Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A published author is an amateur who didn't quit. Don't quit." - Mandy Hubbard, author and literary agent

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