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My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying . . . one must ruthlessly suppress everything that is not concerned with the subject. If, in the first chapter, you say there is a gun hanging on the wall, you should make quite sure that it is going to be used further on in the story.

Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write.

Never believe anything a writer tells you about himself. A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells himself about himself.

No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.

No tears and the writer, no tears and the reader.

Now as through this world I ramble, I see lots of funny men, Some rob you with a six gun Some with a fountain pen.

Our society, like decadent Rome, has turned into an amusement society, with writers chief among the court jesters - not so much above the clatter as part of it.

Please, never despise the translator. He's the mailman of human civilization.

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy.

Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

That isn't writing at all, it's typing.

The beginning is easy; what happens next is much harder.

The best part of every author is in general to be found in his book, I assure you.

The business of writing is one of the four or five most private things in the world.

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

The life of a writer is tragic: the more we advance, the farther there is to go and the more there is to say, the less time there is to say it.

The llama is a woolly sort of fleecy hairy goat, with an indolent expression and an undulating throat like an unsuccessful literary man.


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