KURT VONNEGUT: Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.
J. D. SALINGER: An artist’s one concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
HUNTER S. THOMPSON: If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
EDGAR ALLEN POE: The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
TONI MORRISON: The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.
CHINUA ACHEBE: Art is a constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
MARCEL PROUST: If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.