Friday, October 1, 2010

Fabulously Fun Friday: Funny Writing Quotes

“Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research.”

—Wilson Mizner

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.”

—Flannery O’Connor

“Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.”

—Oliver Herford

“People do not deserve good writing, they are so pleased with bad.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Television has raised writing to a new low.”

—Samuel Goldwyn

“Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.”

—W. Somerset Maugham

“With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.”

—James Thurber

“A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.”

—Ring Lardner

“I just wrote a book, but don’t go out and buy it yet, because I don’t think it's finished yet.”

—Lawrence Welk

”Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly every day.”

—William Allingham
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  1. James Thurber is one of my favorites!

  2. Loved the Flannery O'Connor quote.

  3. I thought they were all pretty fun!

  4. I've seen Emerson's words proven several times. It seems the average reader wouldn't know good writing if it slapped them in the face. They're too used to bad writing's slaps.

    ~ VT

  5. LOL! Oh, I loved all of these! Thanks for sharing them! :D

  6. @Victor: I think I've seen several of these floating around before. Still laughed!

    @Lynn: Glad you got a tickle out of them!

  7. Love Thurber, love his quote. Good one!