Without words, without writing and without books
there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
– Hermann Hesse
Writing is one of the grand, free human activities.
– Thomas E. Cronin
Writing is both mask and unveiling.
– E.B. White
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
– William Wordsworth
Kegalla, Sri Lanka
Writing is thinking on paper.
– William Zinsser
The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite…
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
– Jules Renard, Journal, 10 April 1895
Like most—maybe all— writers, I learned to write by writing and,
by example, by reading books.
– Francine Prose
Bruce Duffy, writer and author, working on an article for Life Magazine, Afghanistan
The pen is mightier than the sword.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Dith Pran, survivor of Cambodia’s killing fields, photojournalist, and author of
Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors
Paul Theroux, writer and novelist, Costa Rica
Words so innocent and powerless as they are,
as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil
they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
Creative writing begins with creative thinking
– K. Earle
It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.
– Vita Sackville-West
Writing left by visitors to a pilgrimage site in Burma
The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought,
this in turn makes us think more deeply about life …
– Norbet Platt
Young Sikh boys in classroom, Afghanistan
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the
difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
– Mark Twain