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Quality Writing Quotes


"The most important quality any piece of writing can have is doneness." - Fred Barnes

"Emphasizing and rewarding length over quality results in worse writing and more reader abandonment." - Marco Arment

"The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering." - Tom Waits

"Writing has always had a tactile quality for me. It's a physical experience." - Paul Auster

"The quality of that 'who I am', is what I hope comes out in the writing." - Quentin S. Crisp

"It didn't matter the quality of the writing- Callie's fantasies about her fictional heroes were entirely democratic." - Sarah Maclean

"I've loved doing "E.R." for the quality of the writing and the great people I get to work with." - Julie Bowen

"Writing fiction is ... an endless and always defeated effort to capture some quality of life without killing it." - Rose Wilder Lane

"It did' matter the quality of the writing- Callie's fantasies about her fictional heroes were entirely democratic." - Sarah Maclean

"The only way to raise the quality of writing in school is to create, share, and celebrate the specific criteria for that quality with everybody on a regular basis." - Barry Lane

"Rage is ... This is Breslin's full quote: Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers" - Jimmy Breslin

"To George Gershwin, on refusinghim as a pupil: You would only lose the spontaneous quality of your melody, and end by writing bad Ravel." - Maurice Ravel

"I started writing In Darkness out of a frustration of the quality of roles that I was reading in scripts for women." - Natalie Dormer

"Just getting something to work usually means writing reams of code fast, like a Stephen King novel, but making it maintainable and high-quality code that really expresses the ideas well, is like writing poetry. Art is taking away." - Erik Naggum

"Graham Greene at 82 years old was still writing, and I don't think anyone can deny the force, the expertise, and the unique quality of his writing, if you take his complete oeuvre." - William Golding

"In Hollywood, story content of movies follows a hierarchy of power, not the relative quality of various ideas. Hollywood does not lack for quality writing. It's just that quality writing commonly has to be sacrificed in order to propel a film into production. A studio needs a star and a director to make a film, so those are the folk who'll define the content. If they don't have the same creative sensibilities, then the content will change." - Terry Rossio

"Quality questions create a quality life." - Tony Robbins

"If you are serious, and you want to make a living as an author, then you need to hustle. Period. If you can't make that quality, then you need to concentrate on your craft and practice more. One other thing, quality comes with practice. If you are prolific, then you become a better writer because you are writing. The more you do anything the better at it you will become. So in a way, quantity does add to quality." - Larry Correia

"I think that's one of the maybe under-discussed aspects of process - the difference between a good writing day and a bad one is the quality of the split-second decisions you made." - George Saunders

"You have to know human behaviour ... And the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You'll never write above what you know about people." - Tony Gilroy

"Writing an autobiography, usually thought of as a looking back, can just as well be a looking across or through, with the passing of time giving an X-ray quality to the eye." - Janet Frame

"You have to know human behaviour ... And the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You"ll never write above what you know about people." - Tony Gilroy

"To do six to 10 episodes of high-quality writing, and then be able to go direct my own things, and do a movie, if it comes along, sure. I just want to act and do good work." - Jason Momoa

"There's the inherent value of the arts in terms of what that does for the quality of life and culture. The arts - in my case theater, play-writing - is all about community." - Robert Schenkkan

"The challenge of nonfiction is keeping the attention of a reader over span of time, and to keep the quality of the writing as high as it needs to be to keep people's attention." - Ted Genoways

"Mozart began his works in childhood and a childlike quality lurked in his compositions until it dawned on him that the Requiem he was writing for s a stranger was his own." - Ariel Durant

"There's definitely a magical quality to writing that can't be explained. I can write something I love in two days, or I can work on a story every day for months and it never comes together." - Mary J. Miller

"I worked more intensively hour after hour when I was starting out [writing]. More laboriously. I'd say quantity is important as well as quality, and if you're not producing enough, make a schedule and stick to it." - Lydia Davis

"Value the quality of your articles over the number of articles you write. I know a lot of bloggers focus on writing as many articles as possible, but I've realized over the years that you cannot sacrifice quality if you wish to build a loyal following on your blog." - Jeet Banerjee

"But the quality of writing in the series [game of Thrones] is paramount. That's probably why all of us are involved in this and all of us are quite so loyal to it, because we don't have to expend a lot of energy trying to make a silk purse out of a pig's ear. The quality of the writing is really good, and that's what makes playing a character so enjoyable, whether he's heroic or villainous." - Charles Dance

"Quality requires your Presence." - Eckhart Tolle

"In fact, sometimes traveling the world is a way of not writing a poem, but it's the quality of experience. It's being able to experience something and when you begin to write about it be able to apply the tools that you need for writing." - Rita Dove

"Ultimately, it's about the quality of the writing whatever style you are writing." - Tibor Fischer

"Writing. Love is writing." - Hilda Doolittle

"A high quality life starts with a high quality you!" - Cheryl Richardson

"To radiate any quality, that quality must be within yourself." - Emmet Fox

"A genuine quality of life comes from consistent, quality questions." - Tony Robbins

"The quality of expectations determines the quality of our action." - Andre Godin

"Good quality is cheap; it's poor quality that is expensive." - Joe L. Griffith

"Endurance is the crowning quality..." - James Russell Lowell

"Grace is a feminine quality." - Rajneesh

"Make no compromise in quality." - Henry E. Steinway

"Quality brands never go bankrupt." - Richard Branson

"Quality starts in the boardroom." - W Edwards Deming

"Quality, service, cleanliness, and value." - Steve Ross

"Quanity has it's own quality." - Joseph Stalin


"I think television is moving more into movies, particularly with serialization and almost cinematic proportions and expectations. A show like Game of Thrones is a perfect example of that. It isn`t all about instant gratification it's about inviting someone into the long experience of television the way you'd be invited into a theater for two hours. So I think in that way, and the quality of writing in television is probably much better than most film writing." - Bryan Singer

"I write for myself, and perhaps for half a dozen friends. And that should be enough. And that might improve the quality of my writing. But if I were writing for thousands of people, then I would write what might please them. And as I know nothing about them, and maybe I'd have a rather low opinion of them, I don't think that would do any good to my work." - Jorge Luis Borges

"I think the closest thing I can come to defining what that vital thing is for me - is that there's a sort of soul-quality in writing, if it's any good. It has a spirit or an energy to it that is very integral to who the writer is on a deep level. It's almost a cellular thing. It takes place in the cells of the writing, and it is what makes it alive or not." - Mary Gaitskill

"Writing anything as an expert is really poisonous to the writing process, because you lose the quality of discovery." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"Writing fiction is like music. You have to keep it moving. You can have slow movements but there has to be a sense of momentum, of going someplace. You hear a snatch of Beethoven and it has a sense of momentum that is unmistakably his. That's a nice quality if you can do it in fiction." - John Updike

"Everything has become so pop-rock oriented that finding a role for a soprano, and finding an audience for a soprano, is tricky. Unless you're dealing with a revival, which is why I do so many revivals - because my specific tone and vocal quality lends itself to that type of writing." - Laura Benanti

"I feel that whatever virtues the novel may have are very much connected with the limitations you mention. I am not writing a conventional novel, and I think that the quality of the novel I write will derive precisely from the peculiarity or aloneness, if you will, of the experience I write from." - Flannery O'Connor

"In writing novels, you have to believe in yourself or there would be no way to sustain it. But you also have to give good evidence regularly for having that faith in self-either with quality goods or with, at least, "good efforts." Working hard will do when inspiration is not forthcoming." - Rachel Kushner

"The stranger might laugh and seem to enjoy the writing, but you hug to yourself the thought that they didn't quite understand its force and quality the way you do - just as your friends (thank heavens) don't also fall in love with the person you are going on and on about to them." - Stephen Fry

"Virginia Woolf thought a lot about her own sex when she wrote. In the best sense of the word, her writing is very feminine, and by that I mean that women are supposed to be very sensitive to all the sensations of nature, much more so than men, much more contemplative. It's this quality that marks her best works." - Simone De Beauvoir

"Printing and transporting paper is very expensive, and e-books eliminate the expensive four-color printing, the higher quality paper, the ocean shipping, the customs clearance, the inventory, answering the telephone, writing up the orders, picking, packing and shipping and managing all of these functions. So we eliminate a huge number of costs and the chance that those books won't sell." - Dan Poynter

"It starts with the writing - which is really, really good. And the production values are phenomenal. HBO and Sky have spent money on it, and you get what you pay for. This has money put into it properly - not lavish amounts - but as each season is successful, they maintain the money that's being spent to maintain the quality." - Charles Dance

"[Tom] Wolfe's books offered a whole new world to step into, and whilst at times you could accuse him of being somewhat long-winded, he had an incredible quality of prose and a bravery of writing from the heart. He believed in being autobiographical at all times." - Jude Law

"Writing has always had that tactile quality for me. It's a physical experience." - Paul Auster

"The correctness and quality of what you write do not matter; the act of writing does." - Natalie Goldberg

"The flattery is nice, but awards don't add up to writing quality songs." - Chantal Kreviazuk

"Quality is subjective. There are quality blockbusters; there are quality versions of every genre and it doesn't necessarily mean money." - Rufus Sewell

"The quality of mercy is not strained" - William Shakespeare

"Seek Not Every Quality In One Individual." - Confucius

"Improve quality, you automatically improve productivity." - W Edwards Deming

"Quality control starts and ends with training." - Kaoru Ishikawa

"Quality performance starts with a positive attitude." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"Love is a quality, not a quantity." - Vanna Bonta

"Quality rather than quantity distinguishes the master." - Sax Rohmer

"There is a treadmill quality to workaholism." - Julia Cameron

"Quantity has a quality all its own." - Joseph Stalin

"The supreme quality of leadership is integrity." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"We deserve quality lives with equality." - Sarah Silverman

"Popularity is not an indication of quality." - Vanna Bonta

"The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge." - Ambrose Bierce

"I think his deepest quality is empathy." - Paul Begala

"Amiability is the redeeming quality of fools." - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

"Speed, quality, price. Pick any two." - James M. Wallace

"Today's winemakers still worry about quality." - Francis Ford Coppola

"Quality is the best business plan." - John Lasseter

"Obsess about the quality of the product." - Sam Altman

"Quality ... has to do with intention." - Elliott Erwitt

"The most universal quality is diversity." - Michel De Montaigne

"Quality doesn't improve by sitting on things." - Val Logsdon Fitch

"Solitude is an essential quality of wilderness." - Robert Lucas, Jr.

"Popularity is not a gurantee of quality." - Indira Gandhi

"Quality is determined by accuracy and completeness." - Larry Sanger

"In digital, you can maintain the quality." - Oliver Stone

"Quality combines people power and process power." - Subir Chowdhury

"Microsoft, where quality is job 1.1." - Anonymous

"Blood is a juice of rarest quality." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"You can't trust the quality any more..." - Ken Kesey

"I mean, the piano, of course, but I think the piano should be taught in school just like mathematics, just like reading, writing and arithmetic. I'd say reading, writing, arithmetic and rhythm. But that should be a prerequisite, because then the quality of music in the world at least in the United States, would be much better, if everyone knew something about the piano and about music, they would know this is not good. Right now, there is so much music out that's not good, but no one knows the public doesn't know." - Gary Bartz

"Writing recently in the New York Times, David Brooks noted correctly if belatedly that conservatives disdain for liberal intellectuals had slipped into disdain for the educated class as a whole, and worried that the Republican Party was alienating educated voters. I couldn't care less about the future of the Republican Party, but I do care about the quality of political thinking and judgment in the country as a whole." - Mark Lilla

"The Western music tradition is mostly addressed to a public that has a critical mind, and judges the quality of the writing, of the interpretation. And I think it is a great tradition! It pushes the musicians to always go further, and to never stop pushing the limits and explore what can be done with sounds. And great pieces of art were born from that tradition." - Gaspar Claus

"Writing fiction is... an endless and always defeated effort to capture some quality of life without killing it." - Rose Wilder Lane

"I've loved doing 'E.R.' for the quality of the writing and the great people I get to work with." - Julie Bowen

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers." - Jimmy Breslin

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

"Writing only leads to more writing." - Colette

"The hardest thing about writing is writing." - Nora Ephron

"What is writing? Writing is telepathy." - Stephen King

"The best test of the quality of a civilization is the quality of its leisure." - Irwin Edman

"The quality of your play never counts as much as the quality of your effort." - Bud Wilkinson

"The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action." - Jean-Baptiste Andre Godin

"Any artist who has that quality of timelessness has that quality because they tell the truth." - Fran Lebowitz

"The quality of one's life is directly related to the quality of questions one asks oneself." - Tony Robbins

"The quality of our thinking will determine the quality of our future" - Edward De Bono

"Even though quality cannot be defined, you know what quality is." - Robert M Pirsig

"The quality of my life was the quality of my questions." - Tony Robbins

"The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the quality of your relationships." - Tony Robbins

"The quality of leaders matters less than the quality of citizens." - George Scialabba

"The quality of the pass leads directly to the quality of the shot" - Pete Carril

"Abundance is the quality of life you live and quality of life you give to others." - J K Rowling

"Cost is more important than quality but quality is the best way to reduce cost." - Genichi Taguchi

"The quality of your thoughts determines the quality of your personal character." - Grenville Kleiser

"The quality of your attention determines the quality of other people's thinking." - Nancy Kline

"The quality of democracy and the quality of journalism are deeply entwined." - Bill Moyers

"You seldom improve quality by cutting costs, but you can often cut costs by improving quality." - Karl Albrecht

"The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life." - A. R. Bernard

"The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts." - Robin S. Sharma

"Mere allocation of huge sums of money for quality will not bring quality." - W Edwards Deming

"Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert." - Robert Breault

"The quality of our questions determine the quality of our lives." - Tony Robbins

"The quality of your life is the quality of your communication." - Anthony Robbins

"The quality of your life ultimately is shaped by the quality of your choices and decisions." - Robin S. Sharma

"Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert." - Robert Brault

"The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships." - Anthony Robbins

"I blundered into writing." - Ralph Ellison

"Writing as writing. Writing as rioting. Writing as righting. On the best days, all three." - Teju Cole

"Never lie in writing." - Mason Cooley

"Writing is busy idleness." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Writing is hard work." - William Zinsser

"Translating is writing." - Marguerite Yourcenar

"Writing is an adventure." - Winston Churchill

"Good writing is rewriting." - Truman Capote

"Writing forces consciousness." - Melody Beattie

"Writing is seduction." - Stephen King

"All writing is dreaming" - Jorge Luis Borges

"writing = ass + chair" - Oliver Stone

"Writing makes me happy." - Gretchen Rubin

"I'm very comfortable writing." - Ann Patchett

"I'm addicted to writing." - Sefi Atta

"Quality is made in the board room. A worker can deliver lower quality, but she cannot deliver quality better than the system allow." - W Edwards Deming

"...quality of life lies in knowledge, in culture. Values are what constitute true quality of life, the supreme quality of life, even above food, shelter and clothing." - Fidel Castro

"You have to understand that people feel threatened by a writer. It's very curious. He knows something they don't know. He knows how to write, and that's a subtle, disturbing quality he has. Some directors without even knowing it, resent the writer in the same way Bob Hope might resent the fact he ain't funny without twelve guys writing the jokes. The director knows the script he is carrying around on the set every day was written by someone, and that's just not something that all directors easily digest." - Ernest Lehman

"I think any start has to be a false start because really there's no way to start. You just have to force yourself to sit down and turn off the quality censor. And you have to keep the censor off, or you start second-guessing every other sentence. Sometimes the suspicion of a possible false start comes through, and you have to suppress it to keep writing. But it gets more persistent. And the moment you know it's really a false start is when you start ... it's hard to put into words." - Elif Batuman

"As an artist, there's a sweet, jump-starting quality to [marijuana] for me. I've often felt telepathic and receptive to inexplicable messages my whole life. I can stave those off when I'm not high. When I'm high - well, they come in and there's less of a veil, so to speak. So if ever I need some clarity, or a quantum leap in my own consciousness, or a quantum leap in terms of writing something or getting an answer, it's a quick way for me to get it." - Alanis Morissette



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