"It's not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you're not."
A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer - to be living a kind of double life.
Jorge Luis Borges
"Make no mistake, he said: a true piece of writing is a dangerous thing. It can change your life."
"The fact that a writer needed solitude didn’t mean he was cut off or selfish. A writer was like a monk in his cell praying for the world---something he performed alone, but for other people."
from Old School by Tobias Wolff
"People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe.
Except for Sons of Man, and that one pretty much wrote itself."
from The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories in Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
"Even when Lucy was devastated or difficult, she was the person I knew best in the world, the person I was the most comfortable with. Whenever I saw her, I felt like I had been living in another country, doing moderately well in another language, and then she showed up speaking English and suddenly I could speak with all the complexity and nuance that I hadn't even realized was gone. With Lucy I was a native speaker."
from Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
"Yet apparently he made no attempts and so perhaps it was not coincidental that, despite its abiding tone of melancholy, a sense of the triumph of life over death is at the core of The Myth of Sisyphus with its austere message: in the absence of hope we must still struggle to survive, and so we do---by the skin of our teeth."