“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” 
― Albert Camus

“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.” 
― Tom Bissell

“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world."
 Susan Sontag

“Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.” 
― Stephen King, Misery

“I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn't happiness.” 
― William Saroyan, The Bicycle Rider In Beverly Hills

“People who have a creative side and do not live it out are most disagreeable clients. They make a mountain out of a molehill, fuss about unnecessary things, are too passionately in love with somebody who is not worth so much attention, and so on. There is a kind of floating charge of energy in them which is not attached to its right object and therefore tends to apply exaggerated dynamism to the wrong situation.”
― Marie-Louise von Franz, Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales

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