A writer and nothing else; a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.
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- His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.
- The writer’s language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.
- Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
- Really, in the end, the only thing that can make you a writer is the person that you are, the intensity of your feeling, the honesty of your vision, the unsentimental acknowledgment of the endless interest of the life around and within you. Virtually nobody can help you deliberately-many people will help you unintentionally.
- Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
- In a sense the world dies every time a writer dies, because, if he is any good, he has been a wet nurse to humanity during his entire existence and has held earth close around him, like the little obstetrical toad that goes about with a cluster of eggs attached to his legs.