Monday, September 20, 2010

Inspiration for Writers

I'm an unapologetic quote lover. Some people find quotes annoying--in which case you probably shouldn't read any further--but I find them inspiring and motivating. Here are a few of my favorites:

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

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.  ~Ana├»s Nin 

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.~ Mark Twain

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.  ~James Michener

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. ~ E.L. Doctorow

Here are a few that aren't directly writing-related but can easily be applied that way:

A jug fills drop by drop. ~ Buddha (aka a novel is built word by word, although filling a jug certainly seems to be the faster option)

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. ~Abraham Lincoln 

Never, never, never give up. ~Winston Churchill

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right. ~Henry Ford

Do any of these resonate with you? What's your favorite inspirational quote?


  1. *lol* I agree with James! I ace at re-writing ;p

  2. Love these! Some of those count as my favorites, but I also like this one:

    "I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress." Jane Austen

  3. Lots of good ones here! The one about driving with headlights is one I remind myself of all the time. And the Toni Morrison quote is one of my all time faves! It's what got me started writing my first ms!


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