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Alfred Kazin Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Alfred Kazin Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

When a writer talks about his work, he's talking about a love affair.
- Alfred Kazin

One writes to make a home for oneself,
on paper, in time and in others' minds.
- Alfred Kazin

If we practiced medicine like we practice education,
we'd look for the liver on the right side and left side in alternate years.
- Alfred Kazin

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

 

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin


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A good writer is basically a story teller,
not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
- Henry James

It's a little bit in the genes because my brother is
a journalist and my father was a sports writer.
- Patricia Heaton

I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons,
and shoot the bull.
- Rita Mae Brown

Of course it's why you want to become a writer -
because you have the liberty to do that,
but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.
- Tobias Wolff

I am a writer of books in retrospect.
I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
- Robert Frost

The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.
- Robert Frost

I'm an escapist kind of writer.
- Maeve Binchy

Taking on challenging projects is the way that one
grows and extends one's range as a writer,
one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
- Donna Tartt

The writer is the person who stands outside society,
independent of affiliation and independent of influence.
- Don DeLillo

Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer,
but if you must, then write.
- J. B. Priestley

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.
- E. M. Forster

The writer should never be ashamed of staring.
There is nothing that does not require his attention.
- Flannery O'Connor

I decided I would go to Chicago and try my luck as
a writer after those eight months as a fireman.
- Carl Sandburg

Depending on what I'm working on, I come to the writing
desk with entirely different mindsets.
When I change form one to the other,
it's as if another writer is on the scene.
- Evan Hunter

Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.
- Dario Argento

Aggression, the writer's main source of energy.
- Ted Solotaroff

Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the
conditions of a writer's life.
- Jerzy Kosinski

You're in the business - when you're a writer,
producer, director - to get ratings.
- Norman Lear

The profession of the writer has its thorns about which
the reader does not dream.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment.
Everyone in his time admired him but I think right
now he's not spoken of enough.
- Anne Rice

There's a feminist writer, Naomi Wolfe,
who is reconsidering her position on abortion.
- Norma McCorvey

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

I used to want to be a children's writer,
because I would have all these great ideas when I was little,
and I'd write them and draw them, and turn them into class.
- Jena Malone

As a writer, you get to play, you get alter time,
you get to come up with the smart lines and the clever
comebacks you wish you'd thought of.
- Iain Banks

No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament,
except to think him overdoing everything.
- Zane Grey

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus.
Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement.
To act, an actor has to have words.
A stage.
a camera turning.
- Paul Muni

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid.
If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up,
I would have laughed in your face.
- Caleb Carr

I hope to be with you as a writer for a very long time,
and I hope that you will enjoy reading my work,
because readers are the highest form of life on this planet.
- Guy Johnson

Being a writer is like having homework every night
for the rest of your life.
- Lawrence Kasdan

The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.
Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
- Vita Sackville-West

Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir,
I really want it to be true.
- Augusten Burroughs

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered
by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A writer never reads his work.
For him, it is the unreadable, a secret,
and he cannot remain face to face with it.
A secret, because he is separated from it.
- Maurice Blanchot

I always wanted to be a writer.
- Jung Chang

I quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Every writer has to figure out what works best -
and often has to select and discard different tools
before they find the one that fits.
- Nora Roberts

I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block;
the problem is idea block.
- Jeffery Deaver

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
- John Steinbeck

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.
- Joseph Stalin

Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been
able to sit in a room every day,
year after year, alone.
- Susan Sontag

I did that for 40 years or more.
I never had any writer's block.
I got up in the morning, sat down at the typewriter -
now,
computer - lit up a cigarette.
- Frederik Pohl

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography -
will always have this incompleteness.
- V. S. Naipaul

What I try to keep in mind is that there are going
to be a lot of articles that are going to be misrepresentative
of what I'm about as a person and as a writer.
- Alanis Morissette

I should think just about every young writer -
which I was at the time -
would be influenced by HPL.
As an American writer of weird fiction,
he was at the top of the class.
- Brian Lumley

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book,
but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
- William Golding

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life,
every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
- Virginia Woolf

Since I was the solo artist as well as the writer for the songs,
I figured I had enough credits on it already.
- Cy Coleman

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
- Karl Kraus

To the present writer a careful study of the facts
now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization
was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted

I've yet to meet a writer who could change water into wine,
and we have a tendency to treat them like that.
- Michael Tolkin

Given that external reality is a fiction,
the writer's role is almost superfluous.
He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
- J. G. Ballard

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.
One tears it from his guts.
The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.
- Charles Peguy

No writer should minimize the factor that affects everyone,
but is beyond control: luck.
- John Jakes

I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers
who take themselves seriously -
and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
- Jonathan Franzen

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism,
a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what
the country needed to hear during times of crisis,
tragedy and triumph.
- Tom Brokaw

Academics love to make theories about a body of work,
but each book consumes the writer and is the sum of his or her world.
- Jeanette Winterson

If I remember correctly, a writer is someone who wants to convey information.
Language or writing is a code.
- Clifford Geertz

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
- James A. Michener

The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe,
to his or her own point of view.
If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view,
it's impossible to be a creator.
- Manuel Puig

I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day,
rather than a sex symbol.
- Steven Seagal

Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that
a writer had said what he had to say in his works.
- John Updike

I became paralyzed as an artist with writer's block.
- David Guterson


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