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The most essential gift for a good writer...

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

- Ernest Hemingway, as quoted by George Plimton,
"An Interview with Ernest Hemingway"
The Paris Review 18, Spring 1958
as found in the book Ernest Hemingway on Writing

A writer without a sense of justice and of injustice would be better off editing the year book of a school for exceptional children than writing novels.

- Ibid.

What a boss.