„You don't necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas stations and they're poets. I don't call myself a poet, because I don't like the word. I'm a trapeze artist.“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
„As Jules Renard said, no matter how much care an author takes to write as few books as possible, there will be people who haven’t heard of some of them.“
— Donald Barthelme American writer, editor, and professor 1931 - 1989
Flying to America: 45 More Stories (2007), “You Are Cordially Invited”
„The man writes with such genuine passion for the books he's discussing. With so many critics you feel they're writing so people will say they're good critics.“
— William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984
Criticism, W. H. Auden, recorded in Alan Ansen (ed. Nicholas Jenkins) The Table Talk of W. H. Auden (London: Faber, 1991) p. 44.
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
The Paris Review interview (1984)
„Even people who do cleaning work can write fairy tales. And they can even make better work than me. The problem is that no one encourages them to do so. The most essential thing that people seek is appreciation by others. That is what largely decides one's success or failure.“
— Zheng Yuanjie Chiese writer 1955
Zheng Yuanjie (2004) in: "Zheng Yuanjie's 19 years in fairy tales" on chinadaily.com.cn, May 10, 2004 ( online http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-05/10/content_329434.htm).
„Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.“
— Julie Burchill British writer 1959
Sex & sensibility (1992), p. 20
— Juan Román Riquelme Argentine footballer 1978
After attending to a meeting arranged by criminals from the heavy supporters of Boca Juniors http://www.ellitoral.com/index.php/id_um/58529-manana-van-a-poner-que-riquelme-es-puto-y-voy-a-quedar-que-lo-soy
„… I don't expect everyone to get something deep out of it. Some people can just listen to the music, or get their aggressions out, but I think with any great painting or movie, album or whatever it is, it's better if people can take what they need from it. That they're not forced to get some particular message.“
— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969
1990s, As quoted in "Headbanger's Ball" (10 December 1996), MTV Europe.
„A popular author is one who writes what the people think. Genius invites them to think something else.“
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914
Epigrams, p. 356
„Dear Political Activists,
All your chanting, marching, voting, picketing, boycotting and letter-writing will not change a thing; you will never right the wrongs of this world. The only thing your activity will accomplish is to make some of you feel better. Such activity makes powerless people feel useful, and provides them the illusion that they're making a difference. But it doesn't work. Nothing changes. The powerful keep the power. That's why they're called the powerful.
This is similar to people's belief that love can overcome everything, that it has some special power. It doesn't. Except one on one. One on one, love is incredibly powerful. It is a beautiful thing. But if love had any power to change the world, it would have prevailed by now. Love can't change the world. It's nice. It's pleasant. It's better than hate. But it has no special power over things. It just feels good. Love yourself, find another person to love and feel good.
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
Books, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
„The number of people who can copulate properly may be few; the number who can write well are infinitely fewer.“
— Hugh MacDiarmid Scottish poet, pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve 1892 - 1978
Review of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
„Some people write to make a living; others to share their insights or raise questions that will haunt their readers; others yet to understand their very souls. None of these will last. That distinction belongs to those who write only because if they did not write they would burst… These writers give expression to the divine — no matter what they write about.“
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
One Minute Nonsense (1992), p. 70