Just a few quotes from the archives of rich and famous

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
-- Peter De Vries

[Introducing the best adapted screenplay]
I handed in a script last year and the studio didn't change one word. The word they didn't change was on page 87.
-- Steve Martin (at the 2003 Oscars®)

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.
-- Samuel Johnson

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
-- Tom Clancy

The free-lance writer is the person who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
-- Robert Benchley

It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
-- Robert Benchley (Robert Benchley by Nathaniel Benchley, 1955)

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
-- William Faulkner

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
-- William Faulkner

[I work until] beer o’clock.
-- Stephen King On his 9 to 5 writing day, Time - 6 Oct 86

People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy -- and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
-- Stephen King

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
-- Somerset Maugham

The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
-- John Steinbeck

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
-- Somerset Maugham





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