Saturday, February 6, 2016

25 Quotes from Writers That Will Inspire You

Writers love quotes just as much as they love reading books. Here are 25 quotes that will inspire the writer in you.

1. Show, Don’t Tell


“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” - Anton Chekhov

2. Destiny


“If you are destined to become a writer, you can't help it. If you can help it, you aren't destined to become a writer. The frustrations and disappointments, not even to mention the unspeakable loneliness, are too unbearable for anyone who doesn't have a deep sense of being unable to avoid writing.” - Donald Harington

3. Power of Words


“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” - Aldous Huxley

4. Becoming a Writer


“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” -Stephen King

5. Good Writing Days


“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”  - Neil Gaiman

6. Why Write


“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of. ” - Joss Whedon


7. Inspiration


“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”  - Jack London

8. Write Deep


“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” - Anaïs Nin

9. Criticism


“I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” - Mark Twain

10. Purpose


“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” - Albert Camus

11. Born to Write


“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

12. Truth


“The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

13. Creation


“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time - proof that humans can work magic.” - Carl Sagan

15. Inner Demon


“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” 
- George Orwell

16. Love


“This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.” - David Levithan

17. All You Need to Know


“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”  - Willa Cather

18. What is Real?


“Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?” - Cornelia Funke

19. It Comes from Within


“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” - William Wordsworth

20. Living Life


“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.” - Ray Bradbury

21. Spirit


“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

22. Poetry


“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.” - Dylan Thomas

23. Loving the World


“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” - E.B. White

24. Change the World


“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” - Chuck Palahniuk

25. Painful Honesty



“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.” - Margaret Atwood

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