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Caesar had perished from the world of men Had not his sword been rescued by his pen.

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.

Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.

Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'.

Flaubert had infinite correction to perform.

Footnotes, the little dogs yapping at the heels of the text.

For a dyed-in-the-wool author nothing is as dead as a book once it is written ... she is rather like a cat whose kittens have grown up. While they were a-growing she was passionately interested in them but now they seem hardly to belong to her - and probably she is involved with another batch of kittens as I am involved with other writing.

Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing: it's about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustrations that it creates.

Get black on white.

He claimed his modest share of the general foolishness of the human race.

He is limp and damp and milder than the breath of a cow.

His (the writer's) standard of fidelity to the truth should be so high that his invention, out of his experience, should produce a truer account than anything factual can be.

How can I know what I think till I see what I say?

How can you write if you can't cry?

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.

I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.

I am not learning definitions as established in even the latest dictionaries. I am not a dictionary-maker. I am a person a dictionary-maker has to contend with. I am a living evidence in the development of language.


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