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"Nobody has to be a writer. Print culture may be under siege, but there has been an enormous inflation in the number of books printed, and very few of these could be considered part of literature. ... Unlike what has been said here before, for me the primary obligation is human solidarity."  (Susan Sontag)

"Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood."  (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

"One must regard the hyphen as a blemish to be avoided whenever possible."  (Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965)

"Somebody asked me, 'Bukowski, if you taught a course in writing what would you ask them to do?' I answered, 'I'd send them all to the racetrack and force them to bet $5 on each race.' This ass thought I was joking. The human race is very good at treachery and cheating and modifying a position. What people who want to be writers need is to be put in an area that they cannot manuever out of by weak and dirty play. This is why groups of people at parties are so disgusting: all their envy and smallness and trickery surfaces. If you want to find out who your friends are you can do two things: invite them to a party or go to jail. You will soon find that you don't have any friends."  (Charles Bukowski)

"The nineteenth century was the era of the novelist.
The twentieth is the era of the journalist."  (James Reston)

"The only good writer was a dead writer. Then he couldn't surprise anyone any more, couldn't hurt anyone any more."  (John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley)

"The writer merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality. He knows the selected locality, and he strusts that he can plunge those people into incidents with interesting results."  (Mark Twain)

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."  (Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, US writer)

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it."  (Herman Melville)

"To serve the reader a fruitcake that you wouldn't eat yourself, to build the reader an uncomfortable house you wouldn't want to live in: this violates what seems to me the categorical imperative for any fiction writer. This is the ultimate breach of Contract."  (Jonathan Franzen)

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