Five Great Quotations about Theme

“If there is good to be said, the writer should say it. If there is bad to be said, he should say it in a way that reflects the truth that, though we see the evil, we choose to continue among the living.” – John Gardner

“There are no ‘great’ subjects for the creative writer; there are only the singular details of a single human life.” – Richard Selzer

“Write if you will: but write about the world as it is and as you think it ought to be and must be – if there is to be a world.” – Lorraine Hansberry

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anaïs Nin

“If you are killed because you are a writer, that’s the maximum expression of respect, you know.” – Mario Vargas Llosa