Quotes We Like About Writing

~Susan Isaacs

I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.

~Mark Twain

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

~ Miguel de Cervantes

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

~Truman Capote

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

~Truman Capote

Write from the soul, not from some notion what you think the marketplace wants. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.

~Jeffrey A. Carver

Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then
it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant.
The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

~Winston Churchill

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.

~Benjamin Franklin

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in shock-proof shit-detector.
–Ernest Hemingway

All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know.
–Ernest Hemingway

Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.
–Stephen King

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
–Jack London

Every man usually has something he can do better than anyone else. Usually, it is reading his own handwriting.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
–Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
–Ernest Hemingway

When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s works is all I can permit myself to contemplate.
–John Steinbeck

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself – it is the occurring which is difficult.
–Stephen Leacock

Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.
–William Strunk, Jr.

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

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
–Anna Quindlen

If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
–Kingsley Amis