The Writer’s Life

Quotable 3

Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders. — Walter Bagehot

The idea that it is necessary to go to a university in order to become a successful writer, or even a man or woman of letters (which is by no means the same thing), is one of those phantasies that surround authorship. — Vera Brittain

When I was a little boy they called me a liar but now that I am a grown-up they call me a writer. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Quotable 2

In America only the successful writer is important; in France all writers are important; in England no writer is important; in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
— Geoffrey Cotterell

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
— Peter de Vries

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you make no money.
— Jules Renard

How to be happy in five words, one of which is a copula

Books, silence, domesticity and food – Patrick White