Alan Rickman quote

"I have every sympathy for writers. It's a mystery to me what they do. I can edit. I can cross out and say, 'I'm not saying that' or, 'How about we move this to here? Wouldn't that make that bit of the story better?' But where any of it comes from is beyond me. I will never write a play or a novel."

Alan Rickman

Born: February 21, 1946

Die: January 14, 2016

Occupation: Actor

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