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Edna O`Brien Quotes

I hope you find these Edna O`Brien Quotes inspiring and motivational.

Writers really live in the mind and in hotels of the soul.
- Edna O'Brien

My hand does the work and I don't have to think;
in fact,
were I to think, it would stop the flow.
It's like a dam in the brain that bursts.
- Edna O'Brien

The vote means nothing to women.
We should be armed.
- Edna O'Brien

Writing is like carrying a fetus.
- Edna O'Brien


 

I have some women friends but I prefer men.
Don't trust women.
There is a built-in competition between women.
- Edna O'Brien

I'm an Irish Catholic and I have a long iceberg of guilt.
- Edna O'Brien

Countries are either mothers or fathers,
and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire.
- Edna O'Brien


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I am obsessive, also I am industrious.
Besides, the time when you are most alive and most
aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture
that heightened awareness.
- Edna O'Brien

Recollection is not something that I can summon up,
it simply comes and I am the servant of it.
- Edna O'Brien

In every question and every remark tossed back and
forth between lovers who have not played out the last fugue,
there is one question and it is this:
'Is there someone new?'
- Edna O'Brien

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army -
writers,
intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker

The writers keep managing to turn the show in on itself,
coming up with something that's well thought-out and miraculous.
- Kiefer Sutherland

Ironically, Latin American countries,
in their instability, give writers and intellectuals
the hope that they are needed.
- Manuel Puig

I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators.
- Ian Hunter

Writers, all the good ones, are Natural Born Liars.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I realized that everything important in sci-fi showed
up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

The English may not always be the best writers in the world,
but they are incomparably the best dull writers.
- Raymond Chandler

At one time if you were a black writer you had to be
one of the best writers in the world to be published.
You had to be great.
Now you can be good.
Mediocre.
And that's good.
- Walter Mosley

I'm definitely more influenced by European writers
than I am by American writers,
there's no doubt about that.
- Anne Rice

Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they're on a tour.
- Neil Gaiman

I'm always amazed by writers who tell me they plan
everything at the beginning.
I feel their writing days must be very bland.
- Rose Tremain

I think new writers everywhere need opportunities to get published.
- Greg Egan

I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of -
I began writing poetry.
And I find that to be quite usual with writers,
their trying their hand at poetry.
- Shelby Foote

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.
- W. H. Auden

I was very pleased, obviously, to have outsold such great writers.
But I'm not insane - I do realize that I am a popular
writer who people buy to take on vacation.
- Maeve Binchy

I love new writing, new blood, modern works by unknown writers.
- Joseph Fiennes

Literature is always trying to show other parts of
this immense universe in which we live.
It's endless.
I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
- Nathalie Sarraute

But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when
I first started I chose to photograph many of the great
writers in this country to try and earn a living.
- Fay Godwin

Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs,
making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is.
- Jose Saramago

The writers have slowly taken the show,
with subjects other gay shows have dived right into,
slowly.
It was over a year before Will even started to date.
- Sean Hayes

The dilemma felt by science fiction writers will be
perceived in other creative endeavors.
- Vernor Vinge

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that
this is not an area that I find easy.
I doubt that I would have the patience in front of
a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
- Jenny Agutter

If writers learn more from their books than do readers,
perhaps I may have begun to learn.
- Lloyd Alexander

Get more women producers, writers, directors.
Why should we expect men to do it for us? They can't.
- Kathleen Turner

I'm one of those writers who tends to be really good
at making outlines and sticking to them.
I'm very good at doing that, but I don't like it.
It sort of takes a lot of the fun out.
- Neil Gaiman

The mercury rule writers also ignored mercury's special qualities.
- Tom Allen

Artists don't talk about art.
Artists talk about work.
If I have anything to say to young writers,
it's stop thinking of writing as art.
Think of it as work.
- Paddy Chayefsky

If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
- Irvin S. Cobb

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte
who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience
and unlimited imagination.
- James A. Michener

My breakthrough as a reader was when I discovered the
European adventure story writers -
Alexander Dumas,
Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott,
to name a few.
- Terry Brooks

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt,
not admiration.
- Orson Scott Card

Well, there are more writers of blogs right now than there are readers,
so that's clearly a vanity phenomenon.
- John Doerr

Writers will happen in the best of families.
- Rita Mae Brown

Writers never feel comfortable having labels attached to them,
however accurate they are.
- Jonathan Coe

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

Because most writers have totally unrealistic concepts of how publishing works.
- Jim Harrison

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think
of who have come from a background of rural poverty
and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
- Alden Nowlan

Writers are not meant for action.
- Manuel Puig

But a lot of writers - and I'm one of them -
do tend to feel dissatisfied.
It makes you a little hard to live with,
but it's a goad and does keep you alert and restless.
- Tobias Wolff

What a revolting contrast exists in England between
the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.
- Flora Tristan

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy.
- Connie Willis

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

The writers want to know were you made your mistake,
no how well your curve is breaking.
- Alvin Dark

Sometimes writers say true things about the overall nature of publicity,
promotion, and the publishing industry;
but alas,
not always.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden

I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers,
this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind
of hostility to the reader.
- David Foster Wallace

I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing
through electronic media...
it still isn't wide enough for the readership they
would need to get a good start.
- Anne McCaffrey

Painters of paintings, writers of books,
never could tell the half.
- Lorenz Hart

And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write.
And they care.
- Russell Banks

Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first.
It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
- Orson Scott Card

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five
or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven

Writers never get a very good deal in Hollywood.
- Richard O'Brien


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