A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Quotes: Writing

(“Which of your novels do you like best and why?”) “That is a question that you should never ask, because a novelist cannot like his or her novels. They are so far from the ideals in mind that it is a constant disappointment to reread them.”
Maryse Condé, interview in Afterword of I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (p. 210)

“Fact exert[s] a tyranny over beginning writers, sapping them of the will to make things up, seducing them into complacency. …It [i]s the writer’s job to fashion truth out of fact.”
Jincy Willet, The Writing Class

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”
Gustave Flaubert

“Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.” (Alternate translation) “The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.”
Andre Gide

“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”
Nadine Gordimer

“The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Sociology extracts it. The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes to realize that he is answerable.”
Nadine Gordimer

“If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.”
Ernest Hemingway

“A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.”
Franz Kafka

“My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.”
Nikos Kazantzakis


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