Quotes Corner: From All Over


With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.” – Harold Acton.
  • “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anais Nin.
  • “A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” – Charles Peguy.
  • “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath.
  • “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison.
  • “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.
  • “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth.
  • “The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” – Vladimir Nabokov.
  • “The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it.” – Jules Renard.
  • “When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.  But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.” – Samuel Lover.
  • “A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.” – Karl Kraus.
  • “Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne.

[Were these quotes helpful? Is there anyone you’d like to see here? What inspires you the most? Let me know in the comments.]

Happy Writing!

  • Dr. Tom Bibey

    "Some write to tell how much smarter they are than others, I write to show how we are all the same." Dr. B

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