Nothing inspires and motivates as much as a quote from someone who has been there and done that but what we love about writing quotes is that they are not always inspirational. Sometimes they are just intense and miserable… oh the life of a writer!

Favourite quotes by writers

“Writing today is like being stood stark naked in Trafalgar Square and being told to get an erection.” – Louis de Bernieres, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

“This is the practice school of writing. Like running, the more you do it, the better you get at it.” – Natalie Goldberg

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” – Erica Jong, American Novelist and poet

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ? J.K. Rowling

“If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it’s because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that’s the most revelatory insight of all.” – Erica Jong, American Novelist and poet

“I have nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” – Jack (John) Kerouac, American novelist and poet

“I am a feminist, and what that means to me is the same as the meaning of the fact that I am black: it means that I must undertake to love myself as though my very life depends upon self love and self respect.”  – June Joran, American poet and essayist

“I therefore solemnly declare to all young men trying to be writers that they do not actually have to become drunkards first.” – James Jones, American writer

“Pray inwardly, even though you do not enjoy it. It does good though you feel nothing even though you think you are doing nothing.” – Julian of Norwich, Lady Julian

“For a life of sensations rather than of thoughts!” – John Keats, Poet

“When we write down our thoughts, they become our history” – Diane Corriette, English writer and poet

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
– Helen Adams Keller (American Writer who became deaf and blind at 19 months but educated by Anne Sullivan she learned to speak, graduated in 1904 and became a distinguished lecturer and writer)

I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems. – Wis?awa Szymborska

“Never anticipate tomorrow’s sorry; live always in this paradisal now.” – Omar Khayy’am, Perisan poet and scholar

“The deepest thing I know is that I am living and dying at once and my conviction is to report that dialogue.”
– Stanley Jasspon Kumtz, American poet

“Two men look out from the same bars  one sees the mud, and one the stars.” – Fredreick Langbridge, English religious writer

“Always too eager for the future we pick up bad habits of expectancy.” – Philip Arthur Larkin, English poet and novelist

“Powerful men often succeed through the help of their wives. Powerful women only succeed in spite of their husbands.” – Linda Lee-Potter

“My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.” – Ursula le Guin

“How sick one gets of being ‘good’ how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make every one wretched for 24 hours.” – Alice James, American diarist

“Money’s a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.” – Henry James, American born British novelist

“To say, ‘Well, I write when I really get into it’ is a bunch of bull. Put the paper in the typewriter, stare at it a long time, get snowblindness if you have to, but write something.” – Erma Bombeck

“It’s better to entertain an idea than to take it now to live with you for the rest of your life.” – Randall Jarrell, American Poet

“Time doesn’t appear from nowhere, you have to make it.” – Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist and playwright

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaïs Nin

I hope you enjoyed these favourite quotes by writers and if you have any that inspire you it’s a great idea to type them up and put them on your wall. They can really help with motivation.

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