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I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with a little assistance from a professor of Greek and a few poets.

I believe the writer... should always be the final judge. I have always held to that position and have sometimes seen books hurt thereby, but at least as often helped. The book belongs to the author.

I can write better than anyone who can write faster, and I can write faster than anyone who can write better.

I conceive that the right way to write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been a boy. That immensely enlarges the audience.

I have cultivated my hysteria with joy and terror.

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

I have this feeling of wending my way or plundering through a mysterious jungle of possibilities when I am writing. This jungle has not been explored by previous writers. It never will be explored. It's endlessly varying as we progress through the experience of time. These words that occur to me come out of my relation to the language which is developing even as I am using it.

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.

I keep six honest serving-men they taught me all I know; their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who,

I like prefaces. I read them. Sometimes I do not read any further.

I quote others in order to better express my own self.

I struggled in the beginning. I said I was going to write the truth, so help me God. And I thought I was. I found I couldn't. Nobody can write the absolute truth.

I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.

I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. See quote detail

I think with my right hand.

I work every day - or at least I force myself into office or room. I may get nothing done, but you don't earn bonuses without putting in time. Nothing may come for three months, but you don't earn the fourth without it.

I write for myself and strangers. The strangers, dear Readers, are an afterthought.

I've put my genius into my life; I've only put my talent into my works.

If a man means his writing seriously, he must mean to write well. But how can he write well until he learns to see what he has written badly. His progress toward good writing and his recognition of bad writing are bound to unfold at something like the same rate.

If we try to envisage an 'average Canadian writer' we can see him living near a campus, teaching at least part-time at university level, mingling too much for his work's good with academics, doing as much writing as he can for the CBC, and always hoping for a Canada Council Fellowship.

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