Being an English Literature graduate and a amateur photographer, I've decided to make these two passions the subject of my first post. Here I've listed some of my favorite writer's quotes on writing mostly and some pics I'm absolutely mad about!
'Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare, or a witches sabbath or a portrait of the devil; but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare or ring true. That's because only a real artist knows the anatomy of the terrible, or the physiology of fear.'
H P Lovecraft
'If booksellers wanted to be millionaires, they'd be in another line of business.'
'The world is so great and rich, and life so full of variety, that you can never lack occasions for poems.'
J W Goethe
'The best poem is that whose worked-upon unmagical passages come closest, in texture and intensity, to those moments of magical accident.'
'Fiction, imaginative work that is, is not dropped like a pebble upon the ground, as science may be; fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.'
'There is no such thing as moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
'The Iliad is only great because all life is a battle, the Odyssey because all life is a journey, the Book of Job because all life is a riddle.'
G K Chesterton
'War and Peace maddens me because I didn't write it myself, and worse, I couldn't.'
'Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all.'
Franklin P Adams
'Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.'
'What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.'
P D James, who has just celebrated her 90th birthday
'You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair - the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.'
'Poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written, he may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.'
T S Eliot
'The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master - something that at times strangely wills and works for itself.'
'And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.'
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