Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Some more humorous quotes from writers about writing


Writers should be read and not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.
- Edna Ferber.

My advice to aspiring writers: marry money.
- Max Shulman.

I asked my publisher what would happen if he sold all the copies of my book he had printed. He said, "I'll just print another ten".
- Eric Sykes.

If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.
-Wilson Mizner.

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

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning and took out a comma. In the afternoon, I put it back in.
-Oscar Wilde.

A publisher would rather see a burglar in his office than a poet.
-Don Marquis.

Poetry books are handy implements for killing persistent irritating flies.
-Geoffrey Grigson.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning-bug.
-Mark Twain.

Writing is like the world's oldest profession. First, you do it for your own enjoyment. Then you do it for a few friends. Eventually, you figure, what the hell, I might as well get paid for it.
-Irma Kalish.

and finally,

Writing is the hardest way to earn a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
-William Saroyan.

To read my previous post with more quotes about writing click here

7 comments:

Corinna said...

Cracked me up! Thank you for sharing.

Ann said...

Guess I should have married money. Pity i didn't think of it at the time. And of course Oscar Wilde, no need for any further comment I think. Love him!

Brigid said...

@You are welcome Corinna.

@Ann, maybe you should have married Oscar Wilde? I just love him too!

Old Kitty said...

When I grow up I want to be Robert Benchley! LOL!!

Take care
x

Talli Roland said...

Love the first one! Good thing people can't see me now...

Old Kitty said...

Aww Brigid! The comment I left here on Thursday read:

"When I grow up, I want to be Robert Benchley"!

Blogger took the above away when it died on me for two whole miserable days! LOL! Take care
x

Theresa Milstein said...

So many wonderful ones. How to choose a favorite? I like the plagiarism vs. research one. I agree with Max Schulman.