Dorothy Parker On Writing

  1. “It’s easier to write about those you hate — just as it’s easier to criticize a bad play or a bad book.”
  2. “If you’re going to write, don’t pretend to write down. It’s going to be the best you can do, and it’s the fact that it’s the best you can do that kills you.”
  3. “I hate writing, I love having written.”
  4. “All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn’t sit in the same room with me.”
  5. “Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.”