Funny quotes by and about writers, writing and life

Turning the mind inside out - funny quotes about writing, writers and life

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
—Robert Cromier

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you
— Cyril Connolly

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
— Groucho Marx

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
— Mark Twain

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
—Ray Bradbury

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
—Kurt Vonnegut

I’m astounded by people who take eighteen years to write something. That’s how long it took that guy to write Madame Bovary, and was that ever on the best-seller list?
—Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the script to Rocky in three days

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
— Dorothy Parker

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself — it is the occurring which is difficult.
— Stephen Leacock

It took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up, because by that time I was too famous.
—Robert Benchley

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

I compiled this list from various sites, among them: Union Writers and Geocities.

By Photography Harris A Ewing (Saturday Evening Post, 24 May 1941, pages 18-19) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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