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Language And Writing Quotes


"Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening." - Jeanette Winterson

"I don't believe in that country any longer. I'm not interested. I'm writing in the language, and I like the language." - Joseph Brodsky

"The traditional statement about language is that it is in itself living, and that writing is the dead part of language." - Jacques Derrida

"Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings." - Carol Ann Duffy

"Writing is the Latin of our times. The modern language of the people is video and sound." - Lawrence Lessig

"Writing" is the Latin of our times. The modern language of the people is video and sound." - Lawrence Lessig

"The principal lesson of Emacs is that a language for extensions should not be a mere "extension language". It should be a real programming language, designed for writing and maintaining substantial programs. Because people will want to do that!" - Richard Stallman

"Language instruction should start in the first grade. Writing, also." - Nikki Giovanni

"Reading and writing and the preservation of language and its forms and the kind of eloquence and the kind of beauty which the language is capable of is terribly important to the human beings because this is connected to thought." - Iris Murdoch

"I'm writing, I'm using language, I'm using that language to tell stories and even more so to get ideas across. And I just love that, and I've always loved that." - Walter Mosley

"Language and written language are the only real way we have to see inside another person's thoughts and to know what makes another person human. Without writing, we just wouldn't have that kind of access." - Carol Windley

"Language is inexorably tied to power and understanding. And power and understanding are the roots of magic. Just the act of writing something down is a magical act." - Patrick Rothfuss

"When writing dialogue, I hear it in both Russian and English, and try to find a language that combines the two." - David Bezmozgis

"In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy. I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream, a certain language governed it." - Jacques Derrida

"The politics of language and the politics of writing really got to me. I've heard this phrase more than once now: this idea of the poetry wars, or the idea that people within the space of writing are at odds with one another or manipulating language to further one's political stance, manipulating language in ways that really felt dirty to me. All of these things worked their way into and through language for me." - Truong Tran

"When we use a language, we should commit ourselves to knowing it, being able to read it, and writing it idiomatically." - Ron Jeffries

"Writing fiction is a solitary occupation but not really a lonely one. The writer's head is mobbed with characters, images and language." - Hilma Wolitzer

"If you have a craftsman's command of the language and basic writing techniques you'll be able to write - as long as you know what you want to say" - Jeffery Deaver

"The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was a poet" - June Jordan

"Writing a poem is always a process of subtracting: you start with all of language available to you, and you choose a smaller field." - Matthea Harvey

"Good writing ... involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into the tight-fitting uniform of language, making them visible and clear." - Pat Conroy

"There's nothing in the world for which a poet will give up writing, not even he is a Jew and the language of his poems is German." - Paul Celan

"I regard writing not as an investigation of character but as an exercise in the use of language, and with this I am obsessed." - Evelyn Waugh

"There was writing and foreign languages. I always had an ease with foreign languages. So the both are related, both language related kind of mind." - Robert Greene

"There's no bad writing; you did something. I was operating inside language, and I did something. I'm not ashamed of it." - Aleksandar Hemon

"Croaking and blind, with our three-clawed feet Writing a language dumb, With never a spark in the empty dark To hint at a life to come." - Langdon Smith

"When I started writing seriously in high school, English was the language I had at my disposal - my Spanish was domestic, colloquial, and not particularly literary or sophisticated." - Daniel Alarcon

"If you have a craftsman's command of the language and basic writing techniques you'll be able to write - as long as you know what you want to say." - Jeffery Deaver

"The language has got to be fully alive - I can't bear dull, flaccid writing myself and I don't see why any reader should put up with it." - Helen Dunmore

"The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was a poet." - June Jordan

"Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood." - Jack Prelutsky

"Because music is a language unto itself, when I'm writing, I need silence. I need to hear the music and the rhythms of the words inside my thoughts." - Marianne Wiggins

"Literature in the written sense represents the triumph of language over writing: the subversion of writing for purposes that have little or nothing to do with social and economic control." - Robert Bringhurst

"There's surprisingly little difference between writing from a male angle and from a female angle, but I feel more restricted in my language when I'm writing as a male character because males tend to sound less emotionally expressive than females." - Anne Tyler

"There are many ways of writing badly about painting... There is an 'appreciative' language of threadbare, not inaccurate, but overexposed and irritating words... the language of the schools which 'situates' works and artists in schools and movements... novelists and poets [that] see paintings as allegories of writing..." - A S Byatt

"I approach writing a poem in a much different state than when I am writing prose. It's almost as if I were working in a different language when I'm writing poetry. The words - what they are and what they can become - the possibilities of the words are vastly expanded for me when I'm writing a poem." - Pattiann Rogers

"When I taught at the University of Houston in the Creative Writing program we required the poets to take workshops in fiction writing and we required the fiction writers to take workshops in poetry. And the reason for that is because the fiction writers seemed to need to learn how to pay greater attention to language itself, to the way that language works." - Edward Hirsch

"On of the reasons that I wanted to study literature was because it exposed everything. Writers looked for secrets that had never been mined. Every writer has to invent their own magical language, in order to describe the indescribable. They might seem to be writing in French, English, or Spanish, but really they were writing in the language of butterflies, crows, and hanged men." - Heather O'Neill

"English has always been my musical language. When I started writing songs when I was 13 or 14, I started writing in English because it's the language in between. I speak Finnish, I speak French, so I'll write songs in English because that's the music I listen to. I learned so much poetry and the poetic way of expressing myself is in English." - Olivia Merilahti

"Writing engenders in us certain attitudes toward language. It encourages us to take words for granted. Writing has enabled us to store vast quantities of words indefinitely. This is advantageous on the one hand but dangerous on the other. The result is that we have developed a kind of false security where language is concerned, and our sensitivity to language has deteriorated. And we have become in proportion insensitive to silence." - N Scott Momaday

"A language is the appearances of connections therefore language as in writing doesn't express anything: it creates." - Kathy Acker

"It's my language, the language I speak. I've spent a lot more time playing music than talking or writing." - Nitin Sawhney

"The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end." - Robert Morgan

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

"Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language." - John Milius

"I love language, and I love the failure of language." - Nate Lowman

"I came out with a book called The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language. It's a book that describes how writing is a practice and how my teaching is part of that practice. I direct the writing and create books but underneath, there's always the river of practice happening. No good, no bad. Just do it." - Natalie Goldberg

"A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language." - Gaston Bachelard

"We are writing stories with light and darkness, motion and colors. It is a language with its own vocabulary and unlimited possibilities for expressing our inner thoughts and feelings." - Vittorio Storaro

"I got a bit obsessed with the whole English language and was writing journals and poetry. I've always been intrigued about psychology and philosophy and how people's minds work." - Lara Pulver

"I think it's important to be sincere. And I could be the most sincere just staying in [my] mother language actually. And that's the reason why I stay composing and writing in French." - Stromae

"Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law." - June Jordan

"Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings, and after a time, the language took over and I started getting very involved with the handwriting and then the look of the handwriting." - Patti Smith

"You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect." - John Green

"The only way to learn a new programming language is by writing programs in it." - Dennis Ritchie

"Anyone interested in language ends up writing about the sociological issues around it." - David Crystal

"Well, language seems to be something that obsesses me. I'm always writing about it." - Lisel Mueller

"While we have the freedom to share our love for God with Him and His people in our own language, let's make sure that what we are writing about is orthodox and embraces the "whole counsel of Scripture."" - Brenton Brown

"When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, I think any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it." - Henry David Thoreau

"Because we have political parties led by Romanians, through which Judaism speaks ; Romanian papers, written by Romanians, through which the Jew and his interests speak ; Romanian lecturers, thinking, writing and speaking Hebraically, but in the Romanian language." - Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

"If language is lost, humanity is lost. If writing is lost, certain kinds of civilization and society are lost, but many other kinds remain - and there is no reason to think that those alternatives are inferior." - Robert Bringhurst

"When you begin to write poems because you love language, because you love poetry. Something happens that makes you write poems. And the writing of poems is incredibly pleasurable and addictive." - C K Williams

"There is something false in this search for a purely feminine writing style. Language, such as it is, is inherited from a masculine society, and it contains many male prejudices. We must rid language of all that. Still, a language is not something created artificially; the proletariat can't use a different language from the bourgeoisie, even if they use it differently, even if from time to time they invent something, technical words or even a kind of worker's slang, which can be very beautiful and very rich. Women can do that as well, enrich their language, clean it up." - Simone De Beauvoir

"With my students I give them lots and lots of guided writing. Part of it is as simple as writing a lot but not toward anything. The mind floats. Then I help them see where the language has heat. If we do this a lot in class, students eventually relax into this writing practice and enjoy it. Even just that - writing pleasure without the anxiety of "audience" or "grade" or "success" - is a kind of impetus toward the unfamiliar." - Dawn Lundy Martin

"The major accomplishment of analyzing illiteracy so far has been the listing of symptoms: the decrease in functional literacy; a general degradation of writing skills and reading comprehension; an alarming increase of packaged language (cliches used in speeches, canned messages); and a general tendency to substitute visual media (especially television and video) for written language." - Mihai Nadin

"If writing is language and language is desire and longing and suffering . . . then why when we write, when we make shapes on paper, why then does it so often look like the traditional, straight models, why does our longing look for example like John Updike's longing?" - Carole Maso

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible... Thus, political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging, and sheer cloudy vagueness... Political language [is] designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable." - George Orwell

"I concentrate on character, theme, language, structure, voice. It actually surprises me that no matter what I write, people declare it "intently political." I'm just writing about the world I know, as it is. Wounds and griefs included." - Barbara Kingsolver

"I've been writing plays since the third grade. The biggest difference now is that professionals act in them rather than eight year olds...and the language is a bit more "colorful"." - Colette Freedman

"Novel writing, to me, is all about language: choosing your words, finding the characters within the words and just really agonizing over every word. It's really crafting this whole piece from nothing." - Jonathan Tropper

"No new reader, however charitable, could open "Fifty Shades of Grey," browse a few paragraphs, and reasonably conclude that the author was writing in her first language, or even her fourth." - Anthony Lane

"Horror, let's face it, is basically pretty dumb. You're writing about events that are preposterous, and the trick is to dress them up in language so compelling that the reader doesn't care." - T. E. D. Klein

"I use vulgar language in my writing. Or for people I don't like, but I have never had an outburst of anger and I think that's largely [Mahatma] Gandhi's influence. When you lose your temper, you've lost your cause." - Khushwant Singh

"If ideas are what feed serious literature and arresting language, who today is writing a novel of ideas (which can often mean comedy)? I think of Joshua Cohen. Who else?" - Cynthia Ozick

"I want a book to contain a world - indeed the world. Writing is my main means of engagement with the world and I want the scars of that engagement to be left in the language." - Aleksandar Hemon

"I started writing poetry because language was how I understood the world. It was a paradigm that made everything matter and in forms that were safe to hold what I felt." - Grace Cavalieri

"No new reader, however charitable, could open "Fifty Shades of Grey," browse a few paragraphs, and reasonably conclude that the author was writing in her first language, or even her fourth." - Anthony Lane

"Language is like a road, it cannot be perceived all at once because it unfolds in time, whether heard or read. This narrative or temporal element has made writing and walking resemble each other." - Rebecca Solnit

"Writing a tribe is fun. They have their own language, their own slang; they repeat it, and it becomes part of the texture of the play. For a writer, that's thrilling. That's when my pen flies." - Laura Wade

"My childhood was surrounded by books and writing. From a very early age I was fascinated by storytelling, by the printed word, by language, by ideas. So I would seek them out." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"In 'Pictures from an Institution,' Randall Jarrell was able to transcend the academic novel by simply ignoring it, writing a comedy with no plot at all beyond his own pleasure in language and humanity itself." - Cathleen Schine

"In writing, I want to be remembered for telling good stories in beautiful and powerful language, using the poetry of words to reflect the thematic concerns of compelling stories." - Kim Edwards

"I feel more pressure when I'm writing for teens. I'm very aware that my audience is impressionable. Therefore, I'm far more careful about what I say and the language I use." - Sarah Mlynowski

"England gave me a language and literature, the basis of what I am as a writer, but when I started writing more directly about my own experience, it wasn't England so much as what went before." - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

"For me writing is an organic process that starts with engaging the language and then thinking about the structure of the novel as you move along. Especially in revision you start to notice correlations. Things come up, not self-consciously, because you're busy feeling your way through sentences and trying to push the language into new places." - Dana Spiotta

"I make the case in the book that Standard English, that language we all aspire to live and move and have our being within, is actually based on a fiction. It's not anyone's native way of speaking or writing. That's why we have to take classes in it. Language is just really squishy." - Kory Stamper

"It took a pretty drastic moment to shift my thinking towards visual arts. I got to a moment in my writing career when I wasn't trusting the language, I was really not trusting the written language, the English language. How do you work with a material that you don't have trust in? I had to step away from it and find another way of articulating and I had to do it without words." - Truong Tran

"Modern Arabic literature achieved international recognition when Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel prize in 1988 (.....) Mahfouz also rendered Arabic literature a great service by developing, over the years, a form of language in which many of the archaisms and cliches that had become fashionable were discarded, a language that could serve as an adequate instrument for the writing of fiction in these times." - Denys Johnson-Davies

"There is a pretty interesting document called 'action writing.' Which is not all about spontaneity and first thought, best thought,' but a certain kind of attention to the smallest increments of the phonemes of language, The kind of power of connection, what he is able to do with language." - Anne Waldman

"My language limitations here are real. My vocabulary is adequate for writing notes and keeping journals but absolutely useless for an active moral life. If I really knew this language, there would surely be in my head, as there is in Webster's or the Dictionary of American Slang, that unreducible verb designed to tell a person like me what to do next." - Grace Paley

"Following the invention of writing, the special form of heightened language, characteristic of the oral tradition and a collective society, gave way to private writing. Records and messages displaced the collective memory. Poetry was written and detached from the collective festival." - Harold Innis

"Nu shu means women's writing. And it was a secret writing system that was invented by women, used by women and kept a secret by women in one very remote county in China for a thousand years. It's the only language that was invented and used by women to have been found anywhere in the world." - Lisa See

"When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we're capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I'm trying for that. But I'm also trying for the language. I'm trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for wate it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language." - Maya Angelou

"Writing, or at least good writing, is an outgrowth of that urge to use language to communicate complex ideas and experiences between people. And that's true whether you're reading Shakespeare or bad vampire fiction-reading is always an act of empathy. It's always an imagining of what it's like to be someone else." - John Green

"To me, dance is an extraordinary thing, more extraordinary than most people usually think. Dance preceded writing, speaking and music. When mute people speak their body language, it is true speaking rather than handicap, this is the first word and the first writing. Thus to me, the body is fundamental." - Paul Virilio

"Yeah, and the language the "we" has, and the character the "we" has. Because that was the part of the book that I didn't plan out, but the part that I was most curious about as I was writing. You know what you're doing, but you're sometimes still sort of curious as you're writing it." - Chang-Rae Lee

"Once a poet always a poet, and even though I haven't written poems for a long time, I can nonetheless say that everything I've ever learned about writing lyrical fiction has been informed by three decades of writing in lines and stanzas. For me the real drama of fiction is almost always the drama of the language." - Jack Driscoll

"No instance exists of a person's writing two language perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth." - Thomas Jefferson

"I think it would be cool if you were writing a ransom note on your computer, if the paper clip popped up and said, 'Looks like you're writing a ransom note. Need help? You should use more forceful language, you'll get more money." - Demetri Martin

"Nice writing isn't enough. It isn't enough to have smooth and pretty language. You have to surprise the reader frequently, you can't just be nice all the time. Provoke the reader. Astonish the reader. Writing that has no surprises is as bland as oatmeal. Surprise the reader with the unexpected verb or adjective. Use one startling adjective per page." - Anne Bernays

"The writing has been on the wall for some years now, but we are a nation illiterate in the language of the wall. The writing just gets bigger. Something will eventually bring down the charming, infuriating naivete of Americans that allows us our blithe consumption and cheerful ignorance of the secret ugliness that bring us whatever we want." - Barbara Kingsolver

"I think it would be cool if you were writing a ransom note on your computer, if the paper clip popped up and said, 'Looks like you're writing a ransom note. Need help? You should use more forceful language, you'll get more money.'" - Demetri Martin

"The writing has been on the wall for some years now, but we are a nation illiterate in the language of the wall. The writing just gets bigger. Something will eventually bring down the charming, infuriating naivete of Americans that allows us our blithe consumption and cheerful ignorance of the secret ugliness that bring us whatever we want." - Barbara Kingsolver

"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification" - Robert Smithson

"Language transcends us and yet we speak." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification." - Robert Smithson

"For me, being in prison writing in an African language was a way of saying: "Even if you put me in prison, I will keep on writing in the language which made you put me in prison."" - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"Drawing - it's the first language of human beings, before writing, before even talking, before words, human beings was drawing." - Marjane Satrapi

"If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code" - Clifford Geertz

"If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information. Language or writing is a code." - Clifford Geertz

"Bad writing is bad not just because the language is humdrum, but the quality of the observation is so poor." - Christopher Isherwood

"I have stolen more quotes and thoughts and purely elegant little starbursts of writing from the Book of Revelation than anything else in the English language - and it is not because I am a biblical scholar, or because of any religious faith, but because I love the wild power of the language and the purity of the madness that governs it and makes it music." - Hunter S Thompson

"Photography is and is not a language; language also is and is not a photography." - William J. Mitchell

"I love story-writing because I can (more or less, on occasion) actually DO it. That's really the truth. I like the idea that a story is sort of a site for making cool language effects - a site for celebrating language, and, therefore, the world. And the brevity is part of the challenge. I like stories because I get them - I know how to make beauty, or something like beauty, in that mode." - George Saunders

"There is all this stuff about how sensitive poets are and how in touch with feelings, etc. they are, but really all we care about is language. At least in the initial stages of the process of writing the poem, though later other things start to come in, and a really good poem usually needs something more than just an interest in the material of language to mean anything to a reader." - Matthew Zapruder

"Something that had an enormous influence over my relationship with language was my stammer. I had a really bad stammer in my childhood and adolescence, and that imbues you with two things. First, a hyper-sensitivity to grammar, because a stammerer will have problematic sounds, impossible verbal stumbling blocks. Second, writing is just such a joy when you have a problem with speaking. It's so astonishing to watch language coming out of your pen without any hesitation or dysfluency." - Maggie O'Farrell

"I am very interested in writers from the Francophone world. I like Kamel Daoud a lot, for example. In "The Meursault Investigation" and "Zabor," he shows a passion for the French language, a very special way of writing that belongs to those who live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea. It is language that connects us. It allows people there to cling to our history, our culture and sometimes also our values." - Emmanuel Macron

"I'm composing and writing music." - Anthony Hopkins

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams." - Paul Gauguin

"Everyone prays in their own language, and there is no language that God does not understand." - Duke Ellington

"Silence is God's language, and it's a very difficult language to learn." - Thomas Keating

"Thinking about language, while thinking _in_ language, leads to puzzles and paradoxes." - James Gleick

"Those who read in a second language write and spell better in that language." - Stephen D. Krashen

"Truth and falsity is something that concerns language, it's a property of language." - Errol Morris

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has" - Deborah Tannen

"Design is just language and the real issue is what you use that language to do." - Tibor Kalman

"The only living language is the language in which we think and have our being." - Antonio Machado

"A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language." - Frantz Fanon

"Speak the language of high intelligence, and thus you speak the language of God." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"There is the English language and then there's the Trump language." - David Brooks

"We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has." - Deborah Tannen

"I call the language of political figures, pundits and administrators 'the haute couture of language.'" - Anna Deavere Smith

"People in Israel would write in a high register, they wouldn't write colloquial speech. I do a special take on colloquial speech. When I started writing, I thought [the language] was telling the story of this country: old people in a young nation, very religious, very conservative, very tight-assed, but also very anarchistic, very open-minded. It's all in the language, and that's one thing that doesn't translate." - Etgar Keret

"I believe that any form of writing exercise is good for you. I also believe that any form of tuition which helps develop your awareness of the different properties, styles, and effects of writing is good for you. It helps you become a better reader, more sensitive to nuance, and a better writer, more sensitive to audience. Texting language is no different from other innovative forms of written expression that have emerged in the past. It is a type of language whose communicative strengths and weaknesses need to be appreciated." - David Crystal

"An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character.... Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory." - Timothy Foote

"And I love writing. I've always loved writing." - James Daly

"I came to Hollywood originally writing comedy and writing satire." - Stephen Gaghan

"In writing, the point is not to manifest or exalt the act of writing, nor is it to pin a subject within language; it is, rather, a question of creating a space into which the writing subject constantly disappears." - Michel Foucault

"The text you write must prove to me that it desires me. This proof exists: it is writing. Writing is: the science of the various blisses of language, its Kama Sutra (this science has but one treatise: writing itself)." - Roland Barthes

"Good writing is the hardest form of thinking. It involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into the tight-fitting uniform of language, making them visible and clear. If the writing is good, then the result seems effortless and inevitable. But when you want to say something life-changing or ineffable in a single sentence, you face both the limitations of the sentence itself and the extent of your own talent." - Pat Conroy

"I think that when you're writing plays, and I think it's also true with novels, it helps to have an ear for the music of language, for what we call poetry, for the sound effects and the way that the sound can produce sensual feeling at odds with or consonant with the content of the work. Your work is also gorgeous writing. It's very unfortunate when you open a novel that everybody's loving and it's just, you know, an excruciatingly bad sentence." - Tony Kushner

"This book reminds me of James Gleick's Chaos. The ideas and stories in Loving and Hating Mathematics are timely, interesting, and sometimes even profound. The authors, writing for nonspecialists, take pains to explain technical ideas in nontechnical language, and the book should interest general readers as well as a large mathematical audience." - Steven G. Krantz

"You meditate and then you can put on your pajamas, or you can imagine you're wearing your pajamas, and you talk about your piece of writing in the language you would use if you were wearing your pajamas and you were seated at a table with your very good friend. And you wouldn't have to get all dressed up or clean up the table." - Sandra Cisneros

"I write books because I have always been fascinated by stories and language, and because I love thinking about what makes people tick. Writing a story... 'The Giver' or any other... is simply an exploration of the nature of behavior: why people do what they do, how it affects others, how we change and grow, and what decisions we make along the way." - Lois Lowry

"I think in some ways, acting and writing are the same. You're getting inside the skin of someone else; you're creating their language and their actions. As a writer, you have to see the whole picture and the structure, and you have to understand every character." - Finn Wittrock

"The symbiotic relationship between reading and writing is a cornerstone of our individual intellectual journey and our educational system. We write as an act of self-expression. We read because language renders unto us the vitality of real and imagined experience." - Marita Golden

"Writing fiction is a solitary occupation but not really a lonely one. The writer's head is mobbed with characters, images and language, making the creative process something like eavesdropping at a party for which you've had the fun of drawing up the guest list. Loneliness usually doesn't set in until the work is finished, and all the partygoers and their imagined universe have disappeared." - Hilma Wolitzer

"An exciting and yet highly lucid account of the formation and significance of Karl Kraus's modernist journalism, an activity that Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem regarded as the most Jewish writing in the German language. The Anti-Journalist is the best book I have seen on this engaging topic." - Istvan Deak

"One piece of advice can be universally handed out, and it applies equally to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. If in the course of any of these language activities, you run across words whose meaning or use baffles you, don't by-pass them. Look them up in the dictionary and familiarize yourself with them." - Mario Pei

"I thought clarity of communication was the most important thing in writing, and if you really cared about getting your idea across, you would say it in the most straightforward way possible. Later, in college and grad school, I came to realize that language is a technology like any other, and that it's always evolving - clarity of expression is always evolving." - Elif Batuman



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