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Quotes by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Let these Frances Hodgson Burnett quotes help you to appreciate all aspects of life, and to cope with whatever comes along.

I am writing in the garden.
To write as one should of a garden one must write not
outside it or merely somewhere near it,
but in the garden.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh


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Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can
earn much more money writing or talking about his art
than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden

Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives.
We forget this because we've seen too many of her books on screen.
- Mark Haddon

You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it-
writing's a double skill,
really.
- Iain Banks

As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky.
It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism.
- Dennis Potter

Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing.
- John Sladek

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person,
only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
- Rebecca West

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift.
It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone.
- Amy Tan

There's no such thing as perfect writing,
just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
- Haruki Murakami

Poetry is something that happens in universities,
in creative writing programs or in English departments.
- Mark Strand

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it,
I don't feel I should be doing something else.
- Gloria Steinem

I took acting lessons when I was 19,
20,
and I had my writing.
- Michael Ironside

I have certain moral parameters that I do not cross in writing;
I don't write about adultery or kids having premarital sex.
- Nicholas Sparks

Always be nice to those younger than you,
because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
- Cyril Connolly

The importance to the writer of first writing must
be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It's the same thing in a way, although writing a book
is a very solitary thing.
- Neil Jordan

Sometimes I think my writing sounds like I walked out
of the room and left the typewriter running.
- Gene Fowler

When I'm writing a song, it gives me more actual pleasure
to hear someone else sing it than do it meself.
- Shane MacGowan

I think if the writing comes too easily,
it shows - it's usually hard to read.
- Tracy Kidder

Writing headlines is a specialty - there are outstanding
writers who will tell you they couldn't write a headline to save their lives.
- Bill Walsh

I like writing better.
Because I don't have to wear makeup,
I don't have to be thin,
and I don't have to remember lines.
- Fran Drescher

I spent most of this afternoon writing a new introduction for my autobiography.
- June Foray

Acting and writing go together.
Actors write because they love words and becoming other people -
we love to escape into other characters.
- Susannah York

Right now, writing for me is most rewarding because
I'm old enough now to have something to say,
which probably wasn't always the case.
- Douglas Wood

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only
one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway

In this world of doubt, one thing is certain for me;
that I will go on writing songs up to and -
I hope,
through heavenly means or diabolical -
beyond the day I die.
- Robyn Hitchcock

People who work on the user interface side need to
have empathy as a key characteristic.
But if you are writing device drivers you don't really
need to understand humans so well.
- Andy Hertzfeld

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

Writing novels is the most exciting.
- Sidney Sheldon

However great a man's natural talent may be,
the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven,
writing poetry.
I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great
refuge through adolescence.
- Harry Mathews

If you have a craftsman's command of the language and
basic writing techniques you'll be able to write -
as long as you know what you want to say.
- Jeffery Deaver

Writing this book was very therapeutic because it helped
me face my relationship with my dad.
- Dexter S. King

Forgive me for not writing but this man is exhausting.
- Wallis Simpson

For many years I was engaged in journalism,
writing articles and chronicles for the daily press
without ever joining the staff of any newspaper.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

I know I was writing stories when I was five.
I don't know what I did before that.
Just loafed I suppose.
- P. G. Wodehouse

Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
- Donna Tartt

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Well, I'd had the Fat Mattress earlier as a writing
outlet for songs and that.
- Noel Redding

Writing is one of the few professions in which you
can psychoanalyse yourself,
get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public,
and get paid for it.
- Octavia Butler

I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science,
and it's about social constructionism.
So I would say I'm a social constructionist,
whatever that means.
- Clifford Geertz

Writing music on your own makes you think a lot about your life.
Who are you? Would you change anything about yourself?
This is where it comes from.
- Enya

I don't feel comfortable doing interviews.
My profession is music, and writing songs.
That's what I do.
I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it.
- Van Morrison

Oh, it's essential.
I mean, you have to - if I'm writing about the Middle East,
I have to go there, and if possible,
stay long enough to get a real feeling for what's going on.
- Joe Sacco

I've read somewhere that when you're writing,
you should stop while you're doing well so you always want to go back to work.
- Glenn Frey

When I'm writing a woman character, I don't think,
'What would a woman do?' I just think,
'What would this character do in this situation?'
- Ken Follett

The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in,
and I'm really just writing about myself and using
those subjects as a prism.
- Chuck Klosterman

When I'm writing, sometimes it gets to that place where
I feel like the piece is writing itself and I'm trying not to get in the way.
- John Zorn

In writing I found something I could do at least as well as my peers,
if not better.
- Brian P. Cleary

If you do not breathe through writing,
if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing,
then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
- Anais Nin

It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market.
hares have no time to read.
- Anita Brookner

Writing is an antidote for loneliness.
- Steven Berkoff

I think people become consumed with selling a book
when they need to be consumed with writing it.
- Ann Patchett

When I was writing pretty poor poetry,
this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.
- Carl Sandburg

I identified in a very deep way with the individuals
I was writing about because the theme that runs through
this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
- Laura Hillenbrand

The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.
- Robert M. Parker, Jr.

For me the writing, when I'm going to direct it myself,
is really just the first draft, and I don't change it very much;
I only change it on average about two lines per movie.
- John Sayles

Although I like the work I've done in the past,
I like what I'm writing now even more.
- Cynthia Weil

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

Writing is not the easiest way to make a living.
Your work long hours, usually all by yourself.
It is not a way to make money.
- Stephen Ambrose


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