some miscellaneous quotes

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them.
Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine, 07-10-2006

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.
Leo Rosten (1908 – )

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965)

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965)