Monday, November 14, 2011

Inspirational Quotes

I'm completely entrenched in my current project, and didn't get a chance to finish today's post. So I've got some more great quote for you. Enjoy!

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
- Mark Twain

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.
- Robert Frost

Great writing leads constantly into surprises, and the writer should be the first one surprised.
- Bernard Malamud

Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
- Stephen Vizinczey

To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas—the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
- Mark Twain

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' — which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
- Maya Angelou

I would never write about anyone who is not at the end of his rope.
- Stanley Elkin

The person who finds the time [to write] is the one who is going to become a writer. The person who doesn’t, won’t.
- Meg Cabot

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

There's a great power in words if you don't hitch too many of them together.
- Josh Billings

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

When I start a book, I always think it's patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages every day, eventually I'll have 500 of them.
- John Saul

Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.
- Sholem Asch

8 comments:

inluvwithwords said...

Lots of good ones here, Tabitha. Thanks!

Anne K. Albert said...

Thanks for sharing. Such simple wisdom!

khashway said...

The first three are my favorites but they are all good. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Apple said...

Nice collection of quotes. I am especially inspired today by the ones by Maya Angelou and John Saul. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jessie Harrell said...

great quotes -- thanks for sharing the inspiration!

Bethany Robison said...

Hi Tabitha! I didn't make it to Prairie Writer's Day this year - I'm hoping you did and you'll recap again, like you did last year? :)

Tabitha said...

I didn't make it there this year either. :( Too many other things going on. So I don't have a recap to share...sorry! :(

Brigitte Doss-Johnson said...

Those quotes put a smile on my face. I appreciate that.