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The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare.  For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.  ~Henry David Thoreau
 
As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me:  grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.  ~Virginia Woolf

Writing is both mask and unveiling.  ~E.B. White
 
The best style is the style you don't notice.  ~Somerset Maugham
Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.  ~Goethe
 
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.  ~Sylvia Plath

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison
 
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.  ~James Michener

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.  ~Mark Twain
Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
 
Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.  ~Orson Scott Card
 
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.  ~Mark Twain

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.  ~Author Unknown