All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ― Anatole France Advertisements
Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers. — Charles Bukowski
You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die. ―Carlos Fuentes
I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any. Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth. — Philip Larkin
Life and love are life and love, a bunch of violets is a bunch of violets, and to drag in the idea of a point is to ruin everything. Live and let live, love and let love, flower and fade, and follow the natural curve, which flows on, pointless. ― D. H. Lawrence
Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell. — Aldous Huxley, as quoted in Peter’s Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1979) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 239.
Most writers waste people’s time with too many words. I’m trying to reduce everything down to the minimum. My last work will be a blank piece of paper. — Samuel Beckett