Quotes by Irwin Shaw

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The last paragraph in which you tell what the story is about is almost always best left out. more...

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have. more...

A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much. more...

A writer has to live with a sense of honor. more...

There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough. more...

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy. more...

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young. more...

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid. more...

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices. more...

At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded. more...

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober. more...

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that. more...

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life. more...

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself. more...

Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody. more...

I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal. more...

Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it. more...

I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various. more...

A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor. more...

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one. more...

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all. more...

Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory. more...

I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself. more...

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? more...

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans. more...

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it. more...

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written. more...

I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it. more...

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship. more...

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish. more...

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody. more...

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75. more...

Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American. more...

It's those damn critics again. more...

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House. more...

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever. more...

My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me. more...

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly. more...

The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves. more...

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out. more...

The writer works in a lonely way. more...

Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form. more...

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing. more...

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer. more...

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own. more...

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises. more...

When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing. more...

Every novelist has a different purpose-and often several purposes which might even be contradictory. more...

If football players were armed with guns, there wouldn't be stadiums large enough to hold the crowds. more...

Critics in New York are made by their dislikes, not by their enthusiasms. more...

I look at everything. God gave me eyes and I look at women and men and subway excavations and moving pictures and the little flowers of the field. I casually inspect the universe. more...

Horror would not annoy a soldier any more than the sight of a hammer annoys a carpenter. It is sentimental to pretend that horror is not the tool of the soldier, just as the hammer is the tool of the carpenter. We live off death and the threat of death and we must take it calmly and use it well.... Eventually I came to enjoy killing, as a pianist enjoys the Czerny which keeps his fingers limber for the Beethoven. more...

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing more...

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75 more...

I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various more...

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life more...

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices more...

Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form more...

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever more...

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House more...

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans more...

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own more...

I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal more...

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody more...

My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me more...

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young more...

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it more...

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have more...

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written more...

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer more...

Writing is like a contact sport, like football. Why do kids play football? They can get hurt on any play, can't they? Yet they can't wait until Saturday comes around so they can play on the high school team, or the college team, and get smashed around. Writing is like that. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it! more...

There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough. more...

There are too many books I have' read, too many places I have' seen, too many memories I have' kept long enough. more...


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