Writing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "writing" (showing 31-60 of 3,000)
Winston S. Churchill
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
Winston S. Churchill

Henry David Thoreau
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Henry David Thoreau

Neil Gaiman
“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.”
Neil Gaiman

Kurt Vonnegut
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

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

Anne Frank
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
Anne Frank

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

Kurt Vonnegut
“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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

Ernest Hemingway
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
Ernest Hemingway

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

Stephen King
“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Charles Dickens
“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Kurt Vonnegut
“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Sylvia Plath
“let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Franz Kafka
“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
Franz Kafka

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

Beatrix Potter
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.”
Beatrix Potter

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

Margaret Atwood
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood

C.S. Lewis
“You can make anything by writing.”
C.S. Lewis

Ray Bradbury
“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
Ray Bradbury

Paulo Coelho
“Tears are words that need to be written.”
Paulo Coelho

Neil Gaiman
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
Neil Gaiman

Virginia Woolf
“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
Virginia Woolf

Joss Whedon
“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

Annie Proulx
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
Annie Proulx

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”
Caroline Gordon

Neil Gaiman
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.”
Neil Gaiman

Philip José Farmer
“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
Philip José Farmer