Quotes to Start the Week Off Right

So I hope everybody had a good weekend! I didn’t get any writing down ’cause I was busy working, which is a bit of a bummer, but it’s the start of a new week! The first full week of March! So, to help kick this week off, here are some quotes from various people (authors, artists, etc.), in no real order, that I find can inspire me. Or sometimes they just make me smile and chuckle. Enjoy!

  • The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress -Philip Roth
  • Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up. -Pablo Picasso
  • To gain your own voice, you have to foget about having it heard. -Allen Ginsberg
  • Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. -Salvador Dali

  • Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. -George Orwell
  • You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. -Jack London
  • We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. -Ernest Hemingway
  • Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. -Ray Bradbury
  • Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players… I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them. -Gore Vidal
  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. -Steve Jobs
  • The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. -Samuel Johnson
  • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
  • There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be. -Doris Lessing
  • An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. -Edwin Land
  • Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. -T. S. Eliot
  • Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within. -David Duchovny
  • Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk -away from any open flames -to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty. -Geroge Singleton
  • We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developings our wings on the way down. -Kurt Vonnegut
  • There is only one plot -things are not what they seem. -Jim Thompson
  • Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. -Albert Einstein
  • You do not have to explain every single drop of water contained in a rain barrel. You have to explain one drop -H20. The reader will get it. -Geroge Singleton
  • The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. -Leonardo da Vinci
  • The difference between the almost right word and the right word is…the difference between lightning bug and lightning. -Mark Twain
  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. -Maya Angelou
  • I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind. -Patrick Dennis
  • A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou
  • Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin
  • If you don’t have time to read you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. -Stephen King
  • There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. -Ernest Hemingway
  • If there’s a book that you 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
  • You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. -Saul Bellow
  • My stories run up and bite me on the leg -I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. -Ray Bradbury
  • Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. -Anton Chekhov
  • There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. -W. Somerset Maugham
  • Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters. -Neil Gaiman
  • You fail only if you stop writing. -Ray Bradbury
  • Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of 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
  • Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else. -Gloria Steinem
  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. -Isaac Asimov
  • Easy reading is damn hard writing. -Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I wrtie to explore all the things I’m afraid of. -Joss Whedon
  • Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money. -Moliere
  • 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
  • True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance. -Alexander Pope
  • Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. -E. L. Doctorow
  • You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. -Ray Bradbury
  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. -John Steinbeck
  • All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. -F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper. -Michael Cunningham
  • For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream wile I’m still awake. I can continue yesterday’s dream today, something you can’t normally do in everyday life. -Haruki Murakami
  • The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. -Gene Fowler
  • I hate writing, I love having written. -Dorothy Parker


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