Writerly Quotes for Friday's Frivolity

“In the same way that a woman becomes a prostitute. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and finally I did it for money.”
– Ferenc Molnar (1878-1952 – when asked how he became a writer)


“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
– T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)


“I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.”
– Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)


“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”
– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


“I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.”
– A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)


“A burro is an ass. A burrow is a hole in the ground. As a journalist you are expected to know the difference.”
– United Press International Stylebook, cited by Bill Walsh in “The Elephants of Style”


“Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research.”
– Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)


“The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”
– Marty Feldman (1934-1982)


“From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”
– Groucho Marx (1895-1977)


“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’”
– Jef Mallett (b. 1962)

Write on!


  1. Great quotes. They made my Friday!

  2. Made my Saturday as well! Thank you.

  3. Wonderful! Do you know who Lincoln was talking about by the way? Seems to me Lincoln was known for his quips, which always impressed me because I never would have guessed based on his seemingly somber personality.

  4. Love quotes, glad you shared some 🙂

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