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781 Greatest Quotes About Writing


I have certain moral parameters that I do not cross in writing; I don't write about adultery or kids having premarital sex. Nicholas Sparks
We have the right, and the obligation, to tell old stories in our own ways, because they are our stories. Neil Gaiman
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. Ernest Hemingway
There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. Toni Morrison
The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. John Adams
Writing is really a way of thinking--not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet. Toni Morrison
You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect. John Green
Nothing is worth doing at all, nothing is worth writing, which does not do something which will last. Amy Carmichael
It's just writing about things, feelings, not that we're dark or depressed...just as much as anyone else is. Layne Staley
Something that you feel will find its own form. Jack Kerouac
The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it. Omar Khayyam
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. Anne Frank
When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. . Lady Gaga
The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not. Kurt Vonnegut
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves. Zelda Fitzgerald
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality. Edgar Allan Poe
They hunt you. It's terrible... They never think about how the person feels about what they write. Michael Jackson
My writing is jagged and harsh, I want it to remain that way; I don't want it smoothed out. Charles Bukowski
Nothing matters but the writing. There has been nothing else worthwhile... a stain upon the silence. Samuel Beckett
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac
Take what you have learned, and move on. Neil Gaiman
Good writing takes place at intersections, at what you might call knots, at places where the society is snarled or knotted up. Margaret Atwood
Rest and be kind, you don't have to prove anything. Jack Kerouac
I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. Neil Gaiman
The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything. Stan Lee
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write. Stephen King
If you cannot write well, you cannot think well; if you cannot think well, others will do your thinking for you. Oscar Wilde
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay. Christopher Hitchens
I write only because There is a voice within me That will not be still. Sylvia Plath
I feel like I was writing as I was learning to talk. Writing was always a go-to form of communication. Frank Ocean
I want to write about people who dream and wait for the night to end, who long for the light so they can hold the ones they love. Haruki Murakami
I always said I never wanted to write about love, but then I went and did that anyway. Amy Winehouse
To me, writing is fun. It doesn't matter what you're writing, as long as you can tell a story. Stan Lee
There is no story unless you've written it. Hunter S. Thompson
Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it. Kurt Vonnegut
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting. Stephen King
In all my life, I have never been free. I have never been able to do anything with freedom, except in the field of my writing. Langston Hughes
Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka
There's always pressure, a great deal of pressure, when writing, since my first books were so successful. Nicholas Sparks
I see myself in everything I write. All the good guys are me. Stan Lee
Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money. Virginia Woolf
I just wanted to write something about running, but I realized that to write about my running is to write about my writing. It's a parallel thing in me. Haruki Murakami
I worked probably 25 years by myself, just writing and working, not trying to publish much, not giving readings. Mary Oliver
All you can write is what you see. Woody Guthrie
It's not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It's those who write the songs. Blaise Pascal
let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences. Sylvia Plath
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it. Toni Morrison
To be successful in writing, use short sentences. Ernest Hemingway
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin