Say What?

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.

— Emerson

Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance
— Plato

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.



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