Saturday, January 1, 2011

My FAVE Writing Quotes

Well of course I have a big fat file of writing quotes all organized on my computer! Here are a few of them for you to enjoy!

"Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn't we?"

--Audra Foveo-Alba

"A writer's voice is like a snowflake--complicated, beautiful, and individual. It is the essence of self, distilled and offered in service to the world."

--Mary Pipher

"All writing comes by the grace of God."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I wrote because I couldn't stop. There wasn't anything else I could do."

--Tennessee Williams

"Writers get to live twice."

--Anne Lamott

"If a picture is worth a thousand words than please paint me the Gettysburg address."

--Leo Rosten

"An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate."


"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance."

--Alexander Pope

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader."

--Robert Frost

"Writing is an act of love; if not, it is merely paperwork."

--Jean Cocteau

"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."

--Richard Bach

"The best writing style is the style you don't notice."

--Somerset Maugham

"I even shower with my pen, in case any ideas drip out of the waterhead."

--Graycie Harmon

"A writer's voice is like the stroke of an artist's brush."

--Patricia Lee Gauch

"If there is one thing left that I would like to do, it's to write something beautiful."

--J.B. Priestley

"I found that it was boring--not to write--it made the world emptier and thinner for me."

--Alison Lurie

"There is one thing your writing must have if it is to be any good at all. It must have you."

--Elizabeth Ayres

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."

--William Wordsworth

"When something can be read without great effort, great effort has gone into its writing."

--Enrique Jardiel Poncela

"What I like about a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers."

--Logan Pearsall Smith

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about."

--Benjamin Franklin

"A good style should show no effort. What is written should seem like a happy accident."

--W. Somerset Maugham

"Writing is an act of courage."

--Cynthia Ozick

"A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing."

--Eugene Ionesco

"Write the truest sentence you know."

--Ernest Hemingway

"The difference between the right word and nearly the right word is the same as that between lightening and the lightening bug."

--Mark Twain

"This morning I took out a comma, and this afternoon I put it back again."

--Oscar Wilde

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


"A successful book is not made up of what is in it, but what is left out of it."

--Mark Twain

"And He said unto me, 'Write.' "

--Revelation 2:15, The Bible

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