Posterity-what you write for after being turned down by publishers-George Ade.
If I had to give young writers advice about writing, I’d say don’t listen to writers talking about writing-Lillian Hellman
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working even when he is staring out the window-Burton Rascoe
Literature is an occupation in which you keep having to prove your talent to people who have none–Jules Renard
An essayist is a lucky person who has found a way to discourse without being interrupted-Charles Poore
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft-H.G. Wells
Read over your compositions and when you meet a passage that you think is particular fine, strike it out-Samuel Johnson
No One can write decently who is distrustful of the readers intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing-E. B. White.
Words are but pictures of our thoughts–John Dryden
Words are used to express meaning; when you understand the meaning, you can forget the words-Chuang-Tzu
Asking a writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs-John Osborne
Reading reviews of your book is a . . . no win game. It the review is flattering one tends to feel and vain and uneasy. If it is bad, one tends to feel exposed, found out. neither feeling does you any good-Walker Percy
During WW2 the Civil Defense authorities had posters which read “illumination must be extinguished when premises are vacated.” When President Franklin Roosevelt saw the signs he exclaimed, “Damn, why can’t they just say ‘Put out the lights when you leave?’-President Franklin Roosevelt