Monday, 9 October 2017

Quotes (3)

To spice the short replies to his fan mail he would often include a little poem. 

This is just one of many...

'Dear children far across the sea,

How nice of you to write to me;

I love to hear the things you say,

When you are miles and miles away.

All children, and I think I'm right,

Are nicer when they're out of sight.'

Roald Dahl

"People write to me from all over the world and I say to them: Sit down, and write a story about what you know. If you are good at it, we'll all read it. It doesn't matter where you are or what you are doing, a good story-teller just tells a story. Kane and Abel couldn't be more simple," Jeffrey Archer

"If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best that you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best that you can do that kills you," Dorothy Parker

"Know the story - as much of the story as you can possibly know if not the whole story - before you commit yourself to the first paragraph. Know the story - the whole story if possible - before you fall in love with your first sentence, not to mention your first chapter. If you don't know the story before you begin, what kind of storyteller are you? Just an ordinary kind, just a mediocre kind, making it up as you go along like a common liar," John Irving

"Gin and water is the source of all my inspiration." Lord Byron

"Whisky and beer for fools; absinthe for poets." Ernest Dowson

"Really, I can't imagine the drug scene. My generation are drinkers and smokers; I wouldn't stick a needle in myself for a hatful of golden guineas." Philip Larkin

"It is splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your words and make them pop like chestnuts." Gustave Flaubert

"No iron can stab the heart with such force as a full stop put just at the right place." Isaac Babel

"All experience is good for writers - except for physical pain." William Trevor