"A writer’s work is the product of laziness, you see. A writer’s work essentially consists of taking his mind off things, of thinking about something else, of daydreaming, of not being in any hurry to go to sleep but to imagine something … And then comes the actual writing, and that’s his trade. That is, I don’t think the two things are incompatible. Besides, I think that when one is writing something that’s more or less good, one doesn’t feel it to be a chore; one feels it to be a form of amusement. A form of amusement that doesn’t exclude the use of intelligence, just as chess doesn’t exclude it."
Jorge Luis Borges on writing – wisdom from his most candid interviews, a fine addition to our ongoing archive of notable advice on writing. (via explore-blog)
"Stories are fucking easy. PLOT OF EVERY BOOK EVER: Someone is looking for something. COMMERCIAL VERSION: They find it. LITERARY VERSION: They don’t find it."
"All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them."
Felix Frankfurter (via victoriousvocabulary)
"Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack."
Virginia Woolf (via wordpainting)
"The best [books] are in the hands of my friends and never come back."
Simone de Beauvoir (via theparisreview)
"By the first world war, soldiers swore so much that the word ‘fucking’ came to function as no more than ‘a warning that a noun is coming’."
Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr - A Review (via tylerweaver)
"I advise writing to oneself. If you don’t want to read it, nobody else is going to read it."
S.E. Hinton (via writingquotes)
"Books fall open, you fall in."
David T.W. McCord (via booksandhotchocolate)

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"If you feel … that well-read people are less likely to be evil, and a world full of people sitting quietly with good books in their hands is preferable to world filled with schisms and sirens and other noisy and troublesome things, then every time you enter a library you might say to yourself, ‘The world is quiet here,’ as a sort of pledge proclaiming reading to be the greater good."
Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope (via for-beatrice-forever-ago)

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet


Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

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"There is creative reading as well as creative writing."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (via writingquotes)
"I refuse to write the same story twice. I keep experimenting. I keep learning how to work. I’ve been at it pretty much 50 years, and I’m now beginning to learn how to do the job well."
Harlan Ellison (via writingquotes)
"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (via larmoyante)