Quotes with written
One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves.
The reason why so few good books are written is, that so few people that can write know anything.
Literary Studies (1879)
A curious thing about written literature: It is about four thousand years old, but we have no way of knowing whether four thousand years constitutes senility or the maiden blush of youth.
Our conscience, which is a great ledger book, wherein are written all our offenses...grinds our souls with the remembrance of some precedent sins, makes us reflect upon, accuse and condemn ourselves.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
Everything written with vitality expresses that vitality: there are no dull subjects, only dull minds.
Essay, The Atlantic Monthly (November, 1945)
Next to doing things that deserve to be written, nothing gets a man more credit, or gives him more pleasure than to write things that deserve to be read.
I too have read all the books and written all I am ever going to.
Letter to a friend shortly before his suicide.
I know one’s work isn’t judged by the number of pounds the scores weigh, but all the same, I hope I have enough years left to work and to produce more, because I really feel I haven’t written enough.
Interview with The New York Times in 1986.
I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.
For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the outpouring of a thirteen year old schoolgirl.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
Two From Galilee means more to me than anything else I have ever written. If I had never written anything else besides this book, I would still feel like I had accomplished something.
Interview with Dallas News
History has to be written because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in.
No poems can live long or please that are written by water-drinkers.
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?
The Sketch Book
Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
It is interesting that when you really write material from inside yourself … just how many people can relate to that. I’ve also always written stuff that’s fun to say. There are a lot of comedians who love music and rhythm. I write things in a musical way in my head.
Interview in Huffington Post (May 2013)
History is lived forward but is written in retrospect. We know the end before we consider the beginning and we can never wholly recapture what it was to know the beginning only.
William the Silent
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891
In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894
I get more kick out of writing than I do singing. I reckon I've written a thousand songs and had over 300 published.
Rolling Stone interview, 1952