I Write, Therefore I Am

Conundrums to Guess

Therefore, by my writing, who am I?

Think you know who said what? Here’s your chance to prove it! Listed below is a list of (hopefully!) ten very distinct quotes, all about writing. Below that are the names of ten very different authors. Your goal? Match up the author with their quote!!

So then, he said…

  • “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.”
  • “The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he’s written it.”
  • “Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
  • “You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say.”
  • “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
  • “We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.”
  • “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.”
  • “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
  • “A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.”
  • “Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”

The Authors…

  • Virginia Woolf
  • Winston Churchill
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • William Golding
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Flannery O’Connor
  • George Orwell
  • Tom Clancy
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Henry Miller

Answers after the jump.

Answers to I Write, Therefore I Am

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.” —Flannery O’Connor

“The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he’s written it.” —William Golding

“Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” —Winston Churchill

“You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald

“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —George Orwell

“We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.” —Virginia Woolf

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.” —Ernest Hemingway

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” —Tom Clancy

“A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.” —Henry Miller

“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.” —T.S. Eliot

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