33 Quotes That Every Writer Will Appreciate

Are you looking for inspiration, writing tips, or curious if your favorite author made the list?
Check out these 33 quotes that any writer will appreciate :

1. “Put it in writing!” Unknown

2. “The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightening bug.” Mark Twain

3. “…look in thy heart and write.” Sir Philip Sydney

4. “But all the fun’s in how you say a thing.” Robert Frost

5. “Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” Benjamin Franklin

7. “The difficulty is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.” Robert Louis Stevenson

8. “Sound judgment is the ground of writing well: and when philosophy directs your choices to proper subjects rightly understood, words from your pen will naturally flow.” Quintus Horatius Flaccus

9. “Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing.” Quintus Horatius Flaccus

10. “Seize the subject and the words will follow.” Cato The Elder

11. “It is not every question that deserves an answer.” Publilius Syrus

12. “Two sorts of writers possess genius: those who think and those who cause others to think.” Joseph Roux

13. “A man of letters, and of manners too!” William Cowper

14. “Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure I think mine is), is but a different name for conversation.” Laurence Sterne

15. “The strongest memory is weaker than the palest ink.” Proverb

16. “It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak, and another to hear.” Henry David Thoreau

17. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

18. “Writers are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough times.” Robert Frost

19. “Gather and pass on what comes from the depths.” Paul Klee

20. “Devise, wit; write, pen.” William Shakespeare

21. “I love a natural, simple and unaffected speech, written as it is spoken and such upon the paper as it is in the mouth, a pithy, sinewy, full, strong, compendious and material speech.” Montaigne

22. “Writing good sentences means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words as we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive.” Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

23. “The more a man writes, the more he can write.” William Hazlitt

24. “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” Orson Scott Card

25. “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden

26. “When you write to people you know very well, you can add personal touches like doodles or drawings.” Unknown

27. “Dialogue is a little bit jazz, a little bit hand-to-hand combat.” Chuck Wendig

28. “The unread story is not a story, it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” Ursula K. Le Guin

29. “I write a story as if it were a letter to someone, and essentially that’s what you do.” Theodore Sturgeon

30. “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it’s only a letter, a note, a title, a list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” Jane Yolen

31. “Business, love, and friendship all demand a ready pen.” The Universal Letter-Writer 1850

32. “They want to tell each other what they want to tell themselves. But what is bumping like a helium balloon at the ceiling of their brain never finds its way out. It bubbles and rises, it gurgles in the throat, it rolls across the surface of the tongue, and erupts from the lips – a belch.” Sandra Cisneros

33. “There is nothing I like better than writing.” Unknown

Happy writing,

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