I love writer quotes. Many of them are taken from prose, but the ones I like best come from interviews. They’re usually off-the-cuff statements that shed light on how that author feels (felt) about the craft, other writers, and life in general. Although most of my work falls within the sci-fi/fantasy genres I look for advice from writers of every stripe. Here are a few of my favorites (today):
If you’re a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he’s good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
— Mickey Spillane
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
— Mark Twain
What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.
Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance
Plato was a bore
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal
— Leo Tolstoy
I’m not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy
— Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway was a jerk.
— Harold Robbins
— david j.