An ode to writing: 8 fiendishly pithy quotes

“An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate” — François-René de Chateaubriand

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“The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new” — Samuel Johnson

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“Writing is like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate, in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.” — Elie Wiesel

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“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block”—John Rogers

“To edit a half-written book, is like a pilot reconstructing the fuselage while airborne” — Ferenc Karinthy

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space” — Orson Scott Card

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“ ‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not a story. ‘The cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is a story” — John le Carré

“Writing is like sausage-making; you’ll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what’s gone into it.” — George R.R. Martin

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