Monday, February 13, 2012

Inspirational Quotes

Here's some more quotes for ya. Enjoy!


The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
- Anaïs Nin 

I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
- Gordon Lish

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
- Goethe

A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Don't say you were a bit confused and sort of tired and a little depressed and somewhat annoyed. Be tired. Be confused. Be depressed. Be annoyed. Don't hedge your prose with little timidities. Good writing is lean and confident.
- William Zinsser

Don't say the old lady screamed--bring her on and let her scream.
- Mark Twain 

In the end, you have to just sit down, shut up, and write.
- Natalie Goldberg

There are days when the result is so bad that no fewer than five revisions are required. In contrast, when I'm greatly inspired, only four revisions are needed.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers ‘Please will you do the job for me.’
- C.S. Lewis

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.
- Albert Einstein

Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
- Anne Dillard

I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.
- P. G. Wodehouse (after being asked about his writing technique)

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

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.
- William Faulkner 

11 comments:

T.D. McFrost said...

C.S Lewis, Mark Twain, Gordon Lish and Edna St. Vincent Millay sang to me.

This was perfect! Thanks for this!

angel011 said...

Goldberg and Wodehouse are adorable.

Tabitha Olson said...

TD - glad to hear it! I personally love the first one about writing what we are unable to say. :)

Angel011 - yeah, those are awesome! It's really all about sitting down and actually writing, isn't it? :)

Elyse Devine said...

Thank you for those. Galbraith's really made me smile. I found Faulkner's to be the most inspiring - as a perfectionist, it can be difficult to force yourself move forward and try new things.

Catherine Stine said...

I like Nin and Faulkner's the best!

Julia Hones said...

"Logic takes you from A to B. Imagination can take you anywhere".Albert Einstein.

Kelly Hashway said...

These are great! Love this one:

A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

LOL

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the inspiration, especially Natalie Goldberg's practical advice. How true.

Unpublished Life said...

Hi Tabitha! Just popped over from She Writes and am a new follower!

I love these quotes - C.S Lewis is one of my favourites, as is Anais Nin. Hard work, perseverence and not being afraid to stand in public with your pants down:)

http://unpublishedworksofme.blogspot.com/

Mirka Breen said...

I'll hedge my bets with Twain any day. Especially today: AHHHHHH!

inluvwithwords said...

Always love a good writing quote. The first one's my favorite.