Wednesday, April 20, 2011


I love quotes, so I have gathered a few inspiring quotes about writing and life. Enjoy!


Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner

It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
- Ernest Hemingway

Really, in the end, the only thing that can make you a writer is the person that you are, the intensity of your feeling, the honesty of your vision, the unsentimental acknowledgment of the endless interest of the life around and within you. Virtually nobody can help you deliberately -- many people will help you unintentionally.
- Santha Rama Rau

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
- Ayn Rand

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
- Ray Bradbury

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
- Sylvia Plath

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamouring to become visible.
- Vladimir Nabakov

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.
- Truman Capote


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
William Wallace

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Marcus Aurelius

Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius


  1. "Those lines that I before have writ do lie." Shakespeare.

  2. So many great ones!! I'm loving the one from Ray Bradbury. :)

  3. Thanks! What a great way to start my day.

  4. great quotes. i'll have to add these to my collection.

  5. I love the Ray Bradbury quote. Here's one of my long time favorites:

    "Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart and write." --Philip Sidney

  6. My favorite quotes are generally from books. Like the Litany Against Fear from Dune.

    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

  7. Bob - Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog. Thank you so much for the shakespeare quote.

    Mooderino - My pleasure.

    Siv - You are welcome.

    Salarsen - Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

    Tonja - You are welcome. Hope you had a great day.

    Michelle - You are more than welcome to do so. You have a lot of fantastic quotes in your collection.

    M.J. - That is a great quote! I like it. Thank you for sharing.

    Sarah - Very nice.

  8. Ray Bradbury's quote is comical but true, and well said. My favorite quote for life actually comes from Grey's Anatomy (tacky I know.) But it is: "Why do I keep hitting myself in the head with a hammer? Because it feels so damn good when I stop." I feel it's relevant in a lot of things we do in life.

  9. Ava - That sounds like a very good quote and it is not tacky at all.


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