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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

―  Pablo Picasso

That’s when I start to know when I’m off to the races—when I’m in love again. And it’s not in love with an idea. I’m in love with a character. A character just did something on a page that made me sit up and go, “Now you’re becoming a dimensional human being to me, and I’m interested.”

―  Nic Pizzolatto, On Writing True Detective

We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.”

―  Voltaire

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

―  Oscar Wilde

The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it.”

―  Paul Cezanne

We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

―  Christopher Columbus

Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

―  Norman Vincent Peale

When I’m writing, I’m trying to immerse myself in the chaos of an emotional experience, rather than separate myself from it and look back at it from a distance with clarity and tell it as a story. Because that’s how life is lived, you know?”

―  Charlie Kaufman  (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich)

The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”

―  William Faulkner

Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.”

―  Anne McCaffrey

When I was 14, I was the oldest I ever was. I’ve been getting younger ever since.”

―  Shirley Temple Black

“In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.”

―  Sid Caesar

People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.”

―  Harlan Ellison


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