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Quirky quotes

Ah, the art of writing … we are inspired!

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”
Baltasar Gracián

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Richard Bach

“Always listen to yourself. It is better to be wrong than to simply follow convention.”
Bryce Courtenay

“An ad is finished only when you no longer can find a single element to remove.”
Robert Fleege

“Bad spellers of the world, untie!”
Graffito

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.”
Cyrus Farivar

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.”
F Scott Fitzgerald

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
Stephen King

“Don’t tell my mother I work in an advertising agency. She thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.”
Jacques Seguela

“Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description.”
C S Lewis

“Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.”
Robert Benchley

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Exclamation point overuse is “a sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.”
Terry Pratchett

“Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.”
C D Jackson

“It’s a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.”
Andrew Jackson

“It used to be that people needed products to survive. Now products need people to survive.”
Nicholas Johnson

“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”
Truman Capote

“I could work in the shower if I had plastic paper.”
Umberto Eco

“I do not like to write – I like to have written.”
Gloria Steinem

“I have always believed that writing advertisements is the second most profitable form of writing. The first, of course, is ransom notes.”
Philip Dusenberry

“I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out.”
Oscar Wilde

“I just write what I want to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.”

J.K. Rowling

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
Elmore Leonard

“In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn’t danced on TV.”
Erma Bombeck

“Kodak sells film, but they don’t advertise file.  They advertise memories”
Theodore Parker

“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.”
Leo Burnett

“No, I don’t think a 68-year-old copywriter can write with the kids … but he may be a better surgeon.”
Rosser Reeves

“Nobody reads ads. People read what interests them. Sometimes it’s an ad.”
Howard Gossage

“Our language is funny – a ‘fat chance’ and a ‘slim chance’ are the same thing.”
J. Gustav White

Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time.  I think I’ve forgotten this before.
Steven Wright

“So long as there’s a jingle in your head, television isn’t free.”
Jason Love

“The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity”
George Carlin

“The consumer isn’t a moron. She is your wife.”
David Ogilvy

“The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn’t understand the horse dealer’s language. ”
Max Frisch

“The number of ideas to use in an ad should be odd – and three’s too many.”
Timo Everi (Hasan & Partners Helsinki)

“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it.”
Leo Rosten

“The pen is mightier than the sword and considerably easier to write with.”
Marty Feldman

“There is no such thing as ‘soft sell’ and ‘hard sell.’ There is only ‘smart sell’ and ‘stupid sell.”
Charles Browder

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words. ”
Josh Billings

“Writing is learning to say nothing, more cleverly every day.”
William Allingham

“Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make mud pie.”
John Le Carré

“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there’.
Jef Mallett

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