I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.

Joan Didion (1934- ), American novelist and critic

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or doing it better.

John Updike (1932 – 2009), American novelist, poet, short story writer and critic

The thing about inventing is you have to be both stubborn and flexible, more or less simultaneously … We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details.

Jeff Bezos (1964- ), founder and CEO of Amazon; new owner of The Washington Post

I figure out how much time I have to write a book. I figure out how many words I need to write. I convert that into a daily rate and I write that many words every day come hell or high water.

Cory Doctorow (1971-), prize-winning sci-fi writer, leading blogger and digital activist, explaining his prolific literary output, in a recent interview in The Financial Times

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.

Charles Kettering (1876-1958), American inventor, engineer and businessman