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What the writer needs is an empty day ahead.
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Writing is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living.

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For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

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In early days, I tried not to give librarians any trouble, which was where I made my primary mistake. Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret's nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle.

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I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grown older.

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There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.

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Will the reader turn the page?

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In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.

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What the writer needs is an empty day ahead.

— Catherine Drinker Bowen

What pioneer ever had chart and a lighthouse to steer by?

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Your concert-goer, though he feed upon symphony as a lamb upon milk, is no true lover if he play no instrument. Your true lover does more than admire the muse; he sweats a little in her service.

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A woman's biography - with about eight famous historical exceptions - so often turns out to be the story of a man and the woman who helped his career.

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Artists often think they are going to die before their time. They seem to possess a heightened sense of the passing of the hours.

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