Writing is not literature unless it gives the reader pleasure which arises not only from the things said, but from the way in which they are said.
- Rupert Brooke
What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
The four greatest novelists the world has ever known, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, and Dostouevsky, wrote their respective languages very indifferently. It proves that if you can tell stories, create character, devise incidents, and if you have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write it.
- Somcrest Maugham
Truth is the best guide to make a man write forcibly, naturally, and delicately.
- La Bruyere
The things that I have written fastest have always pleased the most.
Of all that has been written, I love only that which was written in blood.
Writing comes easily if you have something to say.
It has been said that good prose should resemble the conversation of a well bred man.
- Somerest Maugham
In composition I do not think second thoughts are best.
Let your literary composition be kept from the public eye for nine years at least.
A man who teaches writing should certainly, I think, write two or three books in his life to show that he has at least tried to practise the craft he discourses upon.
A writer’s problem does not change．He himself changes and the world he lives in changes, but his problem remain the same. It is always how to write truly, and, having found what it is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of the person who reads.
The worst thing that ever happened to writing is that it became a business.
There is no need for the writer to eat a whole sheep to be able to tell what mutton tastes like. It is enough if he eat a cut let. But he should do that.
- Somerest Maugham
Either write thing worth reading, or do things worth writing．
- Benjamin Franklin
The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.
- Samuel Johnson
I’ll call for pen and ink, and write my mind.
Write till your ink be dry, and with your tears
Moist it again, and frame some feeling line
That may discover such integrity.
To be a well—favoured man is a gift of fortune: but to write and read comes by nature.