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Random quote of the day:

“The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. Irony is always scratching your tired ass, whatever way you look at it, I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.”

—Jim Harrison, Conversations With Jim Harrison, ed. Robert DeMott

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Random quote of the day:

“The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink.

―Walter Mosley, “On the novelist’s obligation to employ politics and poetry,” The Washington Post, November 20, 2005

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Random quote of the day:

“You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and I knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I’m creating an imaginary—it’s always imaginary—world in which I would like to live.”

—William S. Burroughs, The Paris Review, Fall 1965

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Random quote of the day:

“I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.”

―Nikki Giovanni, quoted in Black Women Writers at Work by Claudia Tate

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Random quote of the day:

“The biggest barrier to writing well and doing anything well is self-importance; it’s blinding. Self-importance blinds people to life.”

—Jim Harrison, interview, Grand Rapids Magazine, May 1998

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Random quote of the day:

“I can’t get around this dilemma: I have a horror of troubles, but they whip me up, they make me talented. Peace and well-being, on the contrary, paralyze me. Either be a nobody, or everlastingly plagued.

—Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard, 1889 (tr. Louise Bogan and Elizabeth Roget)

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 Random quote of the day:

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between lightning-bug and lightning.”

—Mark Twain, “The Art of Authorship”

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Random quote of the day:

“It is a fascinating task to disentangle, in a young writer, the influences of the established one. How hard we work before we help ourselves, quite simply, to our own originality!”

—Jules Renard, Journal, October 1887 (ed. & tr. Bogan & Roget)

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Random quote of the day:

“Fiction is truth. You turn to fiction when you can’t express reality with footnotes and evidence and reportage.”

—Arundhati Roy, “The Air We Breathe,” The Nation, July 12, 2017

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Random quote of the day:

“The first thing for a writer to learn is the art of transposing what he feels into what he wants to make others feel. The first few times he succeeds by chance. But then talent must take the place of chance. Hence there is an element of chance at the root of genius.”

—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1942-1952 (tr. Justin O’Brien)

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