"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the
writer's loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public
stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his
work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity,
or the lack of it, each day."
-- Ernest Miller Hemingway
"In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you
were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots
the answer and ask yourself; must I write?"
- Rainer Maria Rilke
"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
- Franz Kafka
Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency...to get the book written. If a writer has to
rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
- William Faulkner