Famous quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mobile Desktop
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean not to affect your reader, but to affect him pr
Like

"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish"

- Robert Louis Stevenson

About this Quote

This quote by Robert Louis Stevenson speaks to the obstacle of writing literature. Writing is not the difficult part, but rather communicating the designated message in a precise and effective manner. It is inadequate to simply affect the reader, however to affect them in the exact manner in which the author desires. This needs a good deal of ability and accuracy in order to guarantee that the message is conveyed in the most efficient way possible. It is an uphill struggle to be able to write in a manner in which is both meaningful and accurate, but it is a required ability for any writer of literature. By mastering this ability, writers can make sure that their work is both meaningful and efficient.

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson This quote is written / told by Robert Louis Stevenson between November 13, 1850 and December 3, 1894. He was a famous Writer from Scotland. The author also have 83 other quotes.

Go to author profile

Similar Quotes

Small: A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason if he possesses some knowledge of t
"A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect"
Walter Scott, Novelist
Small: I dont know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens - E. B. White
E. B. White
"I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens"
E. B. White, Writer
Small: The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation"
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Writer
Small: What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of t
E. M. Forster
"What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote"
E. M. Forster, Novelist
Small: Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as tableware or ironed shirts - Peter Bichsel
"Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as tableware or ironed shirts"
Peter Bichsel, Writer
Small: Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply
C. S. Lewis
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it"
C. S. Lewis, Author
Small: All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn - Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn"
Ernest Hemingway, Novelist
Small: When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue wh
"When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature"
George P. Baker
Small: Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature - Martin H. Fischer
Martin H. Fischer
"Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature"
Martin H. Fischer, Author
Small: Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the authors soul. If that upheaval is not present then it mus
Robert Benchley
"Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the author's soul. If that upheaval is not present then it must come from the works of any other author which happens to be handy and easily adapted"
Robert Benchley, Comedian