“Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.””A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.”

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”

“We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.”

“A writer who wishes to be read by posterity must not be averse to putting hints which might give rise to whole books, or ideas for learned discussions, in some corner of a chapter so that one should think he can afford to throw them away by the thousand.”

“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

“It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes […]

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.”

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.”