Quotes on Writing

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.”
– Mark Twain

“And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
– William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
– Ray Bradbury

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

– Gustave Flaubert

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

– Virginia Woolf (A Room of One’s Own)

“The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”

J.K. Rowling

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

– Lloyd Alexander

“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 (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

– E.L. Doctorow

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

– Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Grey)

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

– Anne Frank

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie”

– Stephen King

“Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”

– Franz Kafka

“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

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