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


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

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

Theresa Milstein said...

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