Writers Write

“My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel – it is, above all, to make you see. That – and no more, and it is everything.”

Joseph Conrad, “Preface” to The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897)

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“Most people cannot see anything, but i can see what is in front of my nose with extreme clearness; the greatest writers can see through a brick wall.”

W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up (1938)


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