Quotes with writers
In the company of friends, writers can discuss their books, economists the state of the economy, lawyers their latest cases, and businessmen their latest acquisitions, but mathematicians cannot discuss their mathematics at all. And the more profound their work, the less understandable it is.
In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
The biblical story of the birth is striking in its absence of information. We never know exactly who the wise men are - philosophers? teachers? astrologers? - nor where the East they came from, nor why they want to follow the star and pay homage to the king of the Jews. It is as though they are symbols, metaphors created by the writers of the Gospels to represent the enthusiasm that the Nativity created in the land.
Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. Published in The New York Times on December 23, 1984.
Writing can be a very solitary business. It's you sat at a desk typing words into a computer. It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives. Even when they're with other people they're in their own little worlds. I'm fortunate in that I'm a lecturer too and this gets me out and about and away from the computer. I also have loads of friends all around the world, plus a core group of special people in my life that I can lean on, chat to, or just hang with. My family and loved ones are also a great antidote to this. They're incredibly important to me and I count myself a lucky man because of them.
Interview, Summer 2003. Retrieved from http://www.shadow-writer.co.uk/interv4.html on May 20, 2013.
Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose." This rule doesn't require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use "suddenly" tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
Literature should be more revolutionary than revolutions themselves; ... writers must find the means to continue to be critical of the negative elements in the sociopolitical reality.
Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in it use.