Elmore Leonard’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Elmore Leonard Quotes 

Love reading? Then it’s likely you will love a good quote from your favourite author. This article covers Elmore Leonard’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes that we at Australia Unwrapped have collected from some of his greatest works. Elmore Leonard quotes to remember and here you will find 10 of the best. A memorable quote can stay with you and can be used along your journey. Choosing Elmore Leonard’s top 10 quotes is not easy, but here they are:

Popular Quotes

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
― Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

 “There are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees; and there are cities like Detroit that have to work for a living, whose reason for being might be geographical but whose growth is based on industry, jobs. Detroit has its natural attractions: lakes all over the place, an abundance of trees and four distinct seasons for those who like variety in their weather, everything but hurricanes and earth-quakes. But it’s never been the kind of city people visit and fall in love with because of its charm or think, gee, wouldn’t this be a nice place to live.”
― Elmore Leonard

“I’m very much aware in the writing of dialogue, or even in the narrative too, of a rhythm. There has to be a rhythm with it … Interviewers have said, you like jazz, don’t you? Because we can hear it in your writing. And I thought that was a compliment.”
― Elmore Leonard

 “Psychopaths… people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don’t give a shit. That’s what most of my characters are like.”
― Elmore Leonard

 “My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.”
― Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

 “”Wonderful things can happen”, Vincent said, “when you plant seeds of distrust in a garden of assholes.””
― Elmore Leonard, Glitz

“Write the book the way it should be written, then give it to somebody to put in the commas and shit.”
― Elmore Leonard

 “I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats and the rest I wasted.”
― Elmore Leonard, LaBrava

“It doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to sound like it does.”
― Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky

“Fate was working its ass off when it got us all together.”
― Elmore Leonard

10 Famous Quotes by Author Elmore Leonard

10 quotes by Elmore Leonard there you go! It’s never an easy task picking the best quotations from great writers, so please if you disagree or have more to add, please comment and share your opinions. My 10 greatest Elmore Leonard quotes will likely be different from yours; however, that’s the best thing about them, each quote can mean something different to each person. So don’t wait, comment and shares your best Elmore Leonard Quote. 

One Final Bonus – Elmore Leonard Quote 

“Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

― Elmore Leonard

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