Famous Writer's Quotes?

So I’ve started a blog and I want to have a small opening quote about writing. I’ve done some research but nothing really sounds that good, any ideas? Doesn’t have to be from a famous writer, just any saying or quote you’ve heard that sticks with you :slight_smile:

“Ah, Sir, a novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies, at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.”
Stendhal - The Red and the Black

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"Never trust the artist. Trust the tale." - D. H. Lawrence

That one’s my favourite, but it would probably only fit a certain mood. It’s also technically about reading, not about writing.

"I can shake off anything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn." - Anne Frank

I really like this one too, it resonates with me a lot. But you’d probably want something from a less depressing source :sweat_smile:


Would you believe the first thing that comes to mind isn’t a written quote. It’s from Dr who. “Are you threatening me with a spoon?” My daughter and I use it often when we tease each other playing around.

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Dr. Who also has that great line in the episode with the giant library: “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”


‘Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.’
– Ernest Hemingway

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

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

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" Only a hand that erases could write the true thing."
“The more I read, the more I feel like I don’t know anything”

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These all resonate;

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
– Jane Yolen

You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.
– Larry Niven

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
—Stephen King

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. …
It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
—Enid Bagnold

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
– Henry David Thoreau


Can you let us know which quote you have chosen for your blog before the thread closes?

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx