Samuel Johnson (1709-1784):
Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007):
Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.
Toni Morrison (born 1931):
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Margaret Atwood (born 1939)
If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.
John Berryman (1914-1972)
One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.