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"Experience is an author's most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes."  (Mark Twain, from "Is Shakespeare Dead?," 1909)

"Follow the dollar."  (Clark Mollenhoff, American journalist, advice to investigative journalists)

"I devoutly believe that words ought to be weapons. That is why I got into this business in the first place. I don't seek the title of 'inoffensive,' which I think is one of the nastiest things that could be said about an individual writer."  (Christopher Hitchens)

"I never attended a creative writing class in my life. I have a horror of them; most writers groups moonlight as support groups for the kind of people who think that writing is therapeutic. Writing is the exact opposite of therapy. The best, the only real training you can get is from reading other people's books."  (Zadie Smith)

"I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments."  (Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, 1904-1991)

"I was recently asked what it takes to become a writer. Three things, I answered: first, one must cultivate incompetence at almost every other form of profitable work. This must be accompanied, second, by a haughty contempt for all the forms of work that one has established one cannot do. To these two must be joined, third, the nuttiness to believe that other people can be made to care about your opinions and views and be charmed by the way you state them. Incompetence, contempt, lunacy once you have these in place, you are set to go."  (Joseph Epstein)

"I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it's a bit like fucking, which is only fun for amateurs. Old whores don't do much giggling."  (Hunter S. Thompson, on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

"If I have learned anything from working in journalism, it's that people who read newspapers apparently can't read newspapers. That's all I've ever been told. Every discussion I've ever had with an editor has stressed that people despise the process of reading."  (Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs)

"It doesn't matter what you write. But don't think that just because you wrote it that it's good."  (Neal Pollack)

"It is a fine thing to face machine guns for immortality and a medal, but isn't it a fine thing, too, to face calumny, injustice and loneliness for the truth which makes men free?"  (Henry Louis Mencken)

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