Humorous Writer Quotations

October 28, 2009

These are some of my favorite quotations for fiction writers for those days when you could use a chuckle. And tell me please, which day isn’t one of those? Also, see more quotations for writers here.


“This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.” (Eyeore)

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” (Jules Renard)

“Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.” (Christopher Hampton)

“Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” (Howard Aiken)

“About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.”  (Josh Billings)

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” (Peter De Vries)

“Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.” (Jules Renard)

“Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” (Samuel Johnson)