58 Famous Writers And Their Addictions

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Famous Writers and their Addictions – Writers of Substance (Abuse)

The muse has always been a serious subject for writers. Where does the inspiration come from? Some writers have found it in odd rituals and strange substances.

Simply Strange

  1. Friedrich Von Schiller kept rotten apples under the lid of his desk. Before he wrote, he would open it and take a good lungful of air. Apparently the words came more easily afterwards.
  2. Colette could only write after picking fleas from her cats.
  3. T.S. Eliot enjoyed writing when he had a head cold.
  4. Lord Byron needed to have sex to write. He slept with 250 women and men in one year in Venice, and for each conquest, he took a clipping of his partner’s pubic hair and saved it in an envelope neatly marked with his or her name.
  5. Charles Dickens was addicted to visiting the Morgue, and would spend days there.
  6. Truman Capote couldn’t begin or end anything on a Friday.

The Tea Set

  1. Samuel Johnson said ‘[I am] a hardened and shameless tea drinker, who for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of the fascinating plant; who with tea amused the evening, with tea solaced the midnight, and with tea welcomed the morning.’
  2. Henry James enjoyed his tea. ‘There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,’ he said.
  3. Simone de Beauvoir started her day with tea. She said: ‘I’m always in a hurry to get going, though in general I dislike starting the day. I first have tea and then, at about ten o’clock, I get under way and work until one.’
  4. Fyodor Dostoyevsky loved his tea. He said: ‘I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.’
  5. C.S. Lewis said: ‘You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.’
Posted on: 3rd September 2013
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