Quotes

THE WRITER’S QUOTE BOOK

WRITERS & WRITING

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
-Thomas Mann

The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
-Ernest Hemingway

Easy reading is damned hard writing.”
-Anonymous

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.”
-Olin Miller

 

HARD WORK

You can’t say, I won’t write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then… you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer.”
-Dorothy C. Fontana

Hard work beats talent when talent isn’t willing to work hard.”
-Tim Notke

Writing is the hardest work in the world.  I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven’t been told a million times already – that writing is harder.  Lonelier.  And nobler and more enriching.”
-Harlan Ellison

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.”
– Henry Ford

 

FAILURE & SUCCESS

I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot… and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why — I succeed.”
-Michael Jordan

Success is sometimes a series of failures, held together by a strong strand of determination and persistence.”
-Anyonymous

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
-Thomas Edison

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”
– Seneca

 

PASSION

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.”
-Somerset Maugham

When you’re following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.”
-Shakti Gawain

There’s only one reason to become a screenwriter, or a writer of anything, and that is you can’t avoid it. It’s what you love to do. It’s who you are. I write because there’s no way I couldn’t write.”
-Ron Bass

Writing is its own reward.”
-Henry Miller

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.”
-George Burns

 

CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
-Albert Einstein

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”
-George Bernard Shaw

There are no rules in writing. There are useful principles.  Throw them away when they’re not useful.  But always know what you’re throwing away.”
-Will Shetterly

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.  The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them.  Most people don’t see any.”
-Orson Scott Card

According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.”
-M. Sainte-Lague

 

PERSISTENCE

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
– Conrad Hilton

Victory belongs to the most persevering.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

‎”An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a narrow field.”
– Niels Bohr

A man is not finished when he is defeated.  He is finished when he quits.”
– Richard Nixon

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Nelson Mandela

 

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