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100+ Beautiful Typewriter Quotes For All Old Fashioned Writers

Quotes on typewriters are a great find any day.

A typewriter is a machine that can be mechanical or electromechanical and is used for typing characters.

In 1874, the first commercial typewriters were introduced. The word 'typewriter' was used for someone who used typewriters by the late nineteenth century.

After the mid-1800s typewriters became of common use in offices. Soon after its implementation in the office and common household use, typewriters became a crucial tool for business correspondences, professional writers, and office workers. Slowly but steadily typewriters have been replaced by computers. But that doesn't mean people have completely stopped using them! Some people still prefer typewriters because it helps them be more efficient at their work and see their errors on paper.

For more related content take a look at typography quotes and unexpected love quotes.

Best Typewriter Quotes

Explore the best quotes about typewriters and their purpose.

1. “If I spend weeks and months avoiding my typewriter—and I do, sharpening pencils, trying to avoid going where I know I’ve got to go—then one has got to use this to learn humility.”

— James Baldwin.

2. “We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter.”

— Allen Ginsberg.

3. “I seat myself at the typewriter and hope, and lurk.”

— Mignon G. Eberhart.

4. “Now I'm hunched over a typewriter I guess you call that paintin' in a cave and there's a word I can't remember and a feeling I cannot escape.”

— Conor Oberst, ‘Another Travelin' Song’.

5. “You can lie to your wife or your boss, but you cannot lie to your typewriter.”

— Leon Uris.

6. “Because of the realities of human nature, perfect peace is achieved in two places only: in the grave and at the typewriter.”

— Richard M. Nixon.

7. “I can write faster on a typewriter than you can on a computer. I do 120 words a minute, and you can't do that on a computer.”

— Ray Bradbury.

8. “I would write my editorials using a manual typewriter in pitch-black darkness... I would produce the whole thing without having seen the text.”

— Charles Krauthammer.

9. “For good work to develop the technology needs to become as stable and functional as a typewriter.”

— Alec Soth.

10. “I don't do rewrites. I put all the pages in a pile next to the typewriter.”

— Francine Pascal.

11. “The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the hearers are holy the ecstasy is holy!”

— Allen Ginsberg.

12. “I have a love/hate relationship with just about all technology in my life.”

— Eric Stoltz.

13. “The typewriter separated me from a deeper intimacy with poetry, and my hand brought me closer to that intimacy again.”

— Pablo Neruda.

14. “I have the typewriter and I have white paper and I have me, and that should add up to a novel.”

— William Saroyan.

15. “On the typewriter I will sometimes leave a phrase that is not right, not what I want, simply because to change it would be a bit messy.”

— Chinua Achebe.

16. “I always look forward to rewarding myself with the small pleasure of getting back to my typewriter and writing something.”

— Isaac Asimov.

17. “I go to my typewriter as I might go to my machine gun.”

— Susan Sontag.

18. “When my head is in the typewriter the last thing on my mind is some imaginary reader.”

— Don DeLillo.

19. “Reality and real people are too subtle and complicated for anybody's typewriter, even Tolstoy's, even yours, even mine.”

— Edward Abbey.

20. “A place that proves if you get enough talented people in a room, one or two are bound to offer some helpful advice. Kind of like monkeys with typewriters.”

— A. Lee Martinez.

21. “Sometimes I can think of so many ways of expressing myself that I feel I'm an old typewriter, and too many keys come forward at once - and I get jammed.”

— Boris Johnson.

22. “You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.”

— Harlan Ellison.

Famous Typewriter Quotes

You will find these typewriter quotes amazing because of how well-known they are thanks to the famous personalities who are behind them.

23. “I saved my money up, and I went to buy a typewriter.”

— Walter Dean Myers.

24. “When a reporter sits down at the typewriter, he's nobody's friend.”

— Theodore White.

25. “The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out.”

— Tennesse Williams.

26. “I am, each day, typing out the God my typewriter believes in.”

— Anne Sexton.

27. “I don't have a computer. A computer's a typewriter. I already have a typewriter.”

— Ray Bradbury.

28. “The exact day I became a poet was April 1, 1965, the day I bought my first typewriter.”

— August Wilson.

29. “There may be writing groups where people meet but it's occasional. You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself.”

— Anne Rice.

30. “A typewriter is a means of transcribing thought, not expressing it.”

— Marshall McLuhan.

31. “I write by ear. I tried writing with the typewriter, but I found it too unwieldy.”

— Groucho Marx.

32. “I've spent my life alone in a room with a typewriter.”

— Howard Rheingold.

33. “It assumes that better means faster. By those standards, a typewriter is nothing but a very bad computer.”

— Richard Polt.

34. “We are often miserable at our desk or typewriters, but not happy away from them.”

— Mary Robert Reinhart.

35. “My dad is a writer, and to see him always in front of a typewriter gave me the inspiration to write.”

— Shakira.

36. “I sometimes mistake my typewriter for my teeth, because the more I bite the more my column will be read.”

— Sheilah Graham Westbrook.

37. “I'm an empress. I wear an apron. My typewriter writes.”

— Anne Sexton.

38. “Nothing is more frustrating than sitting in an office amid typewriters and mimeographers when you know what deus ex machina means.”

— Florence King.

39. “Typewriter keys can’t be blamed because of what has been typed on the typewriter; the one who committed the crime is the one who used the typewriter; the one who typed on the keyboard!”

— Mehmet Murat Ildan.

40. “The time at the typewriter and the time at the brook refresh me and put me into a more workable perspective.”

— Madeleine L'Engle.

41. “Don’t let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story-just like the typewriter was mine.”

— Flannery O'Connor.

Inspirational Typewriter Quotes

Quotes on typewriters are educational.

Get inspired with these great inspirational quotes on typewriters that can be used as a way of life.

42. “One person plus one typewriter constitutes a movement.”

— Pauli Murray.

43. “There is a similarity between juggling and composing on the typewriter.”

— Tom Robbins.

44. “You have typewriters, presses. And a huge audience. How about raising hell?”

— Jenkin Lloyd Jones.

45. “Clatter of a typewriter suggests that you're actually building something.”

— David Sedaris.

46. “You can have the finest pen, typewriter, or computer, but without a set of eyes that truly see the world, you might as well have none of it.”

— Thurman P. Banks Jr.

47. “I looked inside my typewriter. There's a city in there. Black and grey columns and no inhabitants.”

— Helen Oyeyemi .

48. “The typewriter is indeed my passport into a world otherwise barred to me and my kind.”

— Suzanne Rindell.

Motivational Typewriter Quotes

Read the best motivational quotes that you use apply in day-to-day life.

49. “At the typewriter you find out who you are.”

— Tom Robbins.

50. “I'm totally in control of this tiny, tiny world right there at the typewriter.”

— Joan Didion.

51. “When I sit at that typewriter, I have to be frightened of what I'm trying to do.”

— Barry Lopez.

52. “I had an old typewriter and a big idea.”

— J. K. Rowling.

53. “To sit down every day at the typewriter filled with self-doubt is not a good idea.”

— Jo Nesbo.

54. “Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at...something.”

— David Nicholls.

55. “A good novel can change the world. Keep that in mind before you attempt to sit down at a typewriter.”

— John Fante.

Cute Typewriter Quotes

These cute quotes on typewriters are wholesome enough for you to fall in love with typewriters!

56. “Yesterday I did not want to be borrowed but this is the typewriter that sits before me and love is where yesterday is at.”

— Anne Sexton.

57. “I could not do without is a typewriter, a supply of yellow second sheets and the time to put them to good use.”

— John O’Hara.

58. “I love working on a typewriter - the rhythm, the sound; it's like playing the piano, which I do, too.”

— David Mamet.

59. “While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.”

— Billy Collins.

60. “When a child grows old enough to know J.R.R. Tolkien was just staring at a typewriter, the truth can be a wounding exposé.”

— Dennis Cooper.

61. “How strange to remember typewriters, with their jammed keys and snarled ribbons and the smudgy carbon paper for copies.”

— Margaret Atwood.

62. “When I pour out my hurt and sadness into the typewriter do I then begin to realize that I have created poetry!”

— Avijeet Das.

63. “I talk to my typewriter and that is what I've been working on for 40 years-how to write for talking.”

— Alistair Cooke.

Charles Bukowski Quotes About Typewriters

Best of the best quotes by world-renowned German-American short story writer and poet Charles Bukowski about typewriters.

64. “I reach for surfboards and sinks, for sunflowers and the typewriter falls like a heart-attack from the table or a dead Sunday bull, and the ants crawl into my mouth and down my throat.”

— Charles Bukowski.

65. “My typewriter is

tombstone

still. and I am

reduced to bird

watching.”

— Charles Bukowski.

66. “Sometimes the typewriter was there when the job wasn't and the food wasn't and the rent wasn't.”

— Charles Bukowski

67. “None of it had anything to do with writing, none of it helped at the typewriter.”

— Charles Bukowski.

68. “Sometimes I'll sit at that typewriter for fifteen minutes, you know. I don't go up there to write.”

— Charles Bukowski.

69. “I am aware that a computer can’t create a poem, but neither can a typewriter.”

— Charles Bukowski.

70. “Do some living and get yourself a typewriter.”

— Charles Bukowski.

71. “Take a writer away from his typewriter and all you have left is the sickness which started him typing in the beginning.”

— Charles Bukowski.

72. “When you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through.”

— Charles Bukowski.

73. “There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter.”

— Charles Bukowski.

74. “Take a writer away from his typewriter and all you have left is the sickness which started him typing in the beginning.”

― Charles Bukowski.

Quotes About Writing

You will find quotes on typewriters amazing!

Great quotes on writing on a typewriter and writing in general from renowned authors and famous personalities. These writing quotes will get you hooked!

75. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

— Ernest Hemingway.

76. “The secret of successful writing lies in striking the right keys on the typewriter.”

— Evan Esar.

77. “Writing is easy. Just put a sheet of paper in the typewriter and start bleeding.”

— Red Smith.

78. “The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me.”

— Ray Bradbury.

79. “And sometimes I sit down at my typewriter and I think not of someone cause there isn't anyone to think about and I wonder is it worth it.”

— Nikki Giovanni.

80. “Sometimes I think my writing sounds like I walked out of the room and left the typewriter running.”

— Gene Fowler.

81. “The worst kind of censorship is the kind that takes place in your own mind before you sit down to a typewriter.”

— Paddy Chayefsky.

82. “I have had the irreplaceable opportunity of learning my profession with the proper tools, the most important of which is not a pencil or a typewriter, but the necessary time to think before using them.”

— Moss Hart.

83. “If I thought that what I'm doing when I write is expressing myself, I'd junk the typewriter. Writing is a much more complicated activity than that.”

— Susan Sontag.

84. “Nothing I have ever written was given the slightest deliberation. It was there in the typewriter and it came out, a total bypassing of the brain.”

— C.L. Moore.

85. “I was living in a large apartment with no furniture, just a typewriter, and because I had nothing else to do with my time, it made me take my writing seriously.”

— Simon Van Booy.

86. “The best kind of writing, and the biggest thrill in writing, is to suddenly read a line from your typewriter that you didn't know was in you.”

- Larry L King.

87. “I'm a relic...there were no cell phones, no laptops... I learned to type on an actual typewriter.”

— Patrick Carman.

88. “You will never work through writer's block if you walk away from your typewriter. That will only make it easier to walk away the next time.”

— James N. Frey.

89. “Naturally, no writer who's any good at all would sit down and put a sheet of paper in a typewriter and start typing a play unless he knew what he was writing about.”

— Edward Albee.

90. “An old racetrack joke reminds you that your program contains all the winners' names. I stare at my typewriter keys with the same thought.”

— Mignon McLaughlin.

91. “I wish I could write. I get these ideas but I never seem to be able to put them in words.”

- F. Scott Fitzgerald.

92. “Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters.”

— Ray Bradbury.

93. “The writer sits down with paper and pen, or typewriter, and, withdrawn from the world, tries to set down the story that is crying to be written.”

— Madeleine L'Engle.

Funny Typewriter Quotes

Some of the best quotes on typewriters that are absolutely hilarious, including the funniest Lemony Snicket quotes on typewriters.

94. “I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.”

— Clarence Budington Kelland.

95. “Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.”

— Raymond Chandler.

96. “The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.”

— Robert Benchley.

97. “My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain.”

— Graham Greene.

98. “Every morning I take out my bankbook, stare at it, shudder - and turn quickly to my typewriter.”

— Sydney J Harris.

99. “They gave 12 monkeys a typewriter for a week, and after a week, they only used it as a bathroom.”

— Robin Ince.

100. “If a man can make typewriters better than anyone else, let us, in the name of common sense, keep him on the job of making typewriters.”

— William Feather.

101. “I'm all for typewriters, with instant carbon copies, and seeing films in cinemas.”

— Olivia De Havilland.

102. “People die from typewriters falling on their heads.”

— Jonathan Davis.

103. “I enjoy the process of writing. The torment comes in getting my bottom on the chair and in front of the typewriter.”

— Caryl Rivers.

104. “Gazing at the typewriter in moments of desperation I console myself with three thoughts.”

— Gyles Brandreth.

105. “Standing on a ledge again. Everyone laughs at dancing monkey with the typewriter. Not for long, though.”

— Neil Simon.

106. “I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.”

— David Gerrold.

107. “If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.”

— Arthur Eddington.

108. “You don’t ask a writer what typewriter he uses.”

— Man Ray.

109. “When success happens to an English writer, he acquires a new typewriter. When success happens to an American writer, he acquires a new life.”

— Martin Amis.

110. “I loved very much, and an extremely reliable typewriter, but all of those things have been taken away from me.”

— Lemony Snicket.

111. “Every time that a monkey walks on a typewriter, it types by chance one of Shakespeare's sonnets.”

— Bertrand Russell.

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