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  • #1
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #2
    J.K. Rowling
    “I make mistakes like the next man. In fact, being--forgive me--rather cleverer than most men, my mistakes tend to be correspondingly huger.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #4
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #5
    Mark Twain
    “′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #6
    Ernest Hemingway
    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    Mark Twain

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
    Mark Twain

  • #9
    Stephen King
    “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
    Stephen King

  • #10
    Stephen King
    “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
    Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

  • #12
    Mark Twain
    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”
    Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

  • #13
    Maya Angelou
    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • #14
    Ernest Hemingway
    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #15
    Toni Morrison
    “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
    Toni Morrison

  • #16
    Saul Bellow
    “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
    Saul Bellow

  • #17
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
    Lloyd Alexander

  • #18
    Robert Frost
    “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
    Robert Frost

  • #19
    Philip Pullman
    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #20
    Anton Chekhov
    “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    Anton Chekhov

  • #21
    Ernest Hemingway
    “The first draft of anything is shit.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #22
    Jack London
    “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    Jack London

  • #23
    Thomas Mann
    “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
    Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades

  • #24
    Stephen King
    “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
    Stephen King

  • #25
    Stephen King
    “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #26
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #27
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #28
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”
    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • #29
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #30
    G.K. Chesterton
    “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Heretics



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