Friday, July 13, 2007

Great Quotes on Writing

Speaking of my friend Bonita, she has a great weekly E-letter that you can subscribe to for free called Encouragement For Writers. Each week she features some thoughts on the business and craft of writing. I have really enjoyed some of the issues in particular! This week's she included quotes on writing that she has collected through the years. I have included them, with information at the bottom for those who might like to receive her E-letter.
Happy writing!

However great a man’s talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once. Jean Jacques Rousseau

We cannot write well or truly, but what we write with gusto. Henry David Thoreau

The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write. Unknown

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. Peter DeVries

A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to write will die without putting a word to paper. E.B. White

Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write. Willam Cobbett

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. Robert Benchley

Never give up and always allow a stranger to read your work. They may find something that a close friend may not be willing to tell you. Unknown

There is no great writing, only great rewriting. Justice Brandeis

You can’t sit around and wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London

If you cannot write well, you cannot think well, and if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you. George Orwell

The pen is mightier than the sword. Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The most valuable of talents is that of never using two words when one will do. Thomas Jefferson

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. Robert Frost

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

Writing is long periods of thinking and short periods of writing. Ernest Hemingway

By writing much, one learns to write well. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Write what you like; there is no other rule. O.Henry

There is no perfect time to write, there is only now. Barbara Kingsolver

** If you know someone who would benefit from these emails, please have the person contact me at and I’d be happy to add another writer to the list.
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1 comment:

Mommy Dearest said...

Oh, my goodness those are some awesome quotes! They would be great on someone's blog header... :-)

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