“To survive, you must tell stories.” Umberto Eco

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein

“If I waited for perfection, I would NEVER write a word.” Margaret Atwood

“There are very few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.” Kevin Ashton

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Oscar Wilde

“A book ought to be an ax to break the frozen sea within us.” Anton Chekhov

“We write to discover what we think.” Joan Didion

“The secret of having good ideas is to have a lot of ideas, then throw away the bad ones.” Linus Pauling

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always looks lovely.” Roald Dahl

“While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.”  Mark Twain

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  Virginia Woolf

“We read to know that we are not alone.”  C.S. Lewis

“It is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”  R.W. Emerson, Self-Reliance

“Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.”  Isak Dinesen

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than for others.”  Thomas Mann

“Work inspires inspiration.  Keep working.  If you succeed, keep working.  If you fail, keep working.  If you are interested, keep working.  If you are bored, keep working.”  Michael Crichton

“What can I do that isn’t going to get done unless I do it, just because of who I am?”  Buckminster Fuller

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.  Watch your words, for they become actions.  Watch your actions, for they become habits.  Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.  What we think we become.”  Margaret Thatcher (from “The Iron Lady”)

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  Pablo Picasso


10 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. A great collection of quotes. Huge Roald Dahl fans in this house and you reminded my of a conversation I had with one of my sons. I’ve said thank you to you on my subsequent post, but thank you again!

    1. I do love that quote. I actually only found it recently and had to add it to the collection. I work away at it slowly, but it always feels so satisfying when one that really resonates with me pops up somewhere.

    1. Thanks, Sara! Yes, that Crichton one really applies to me these days. Just keep working… even when the inspiration doesn’t feel like it’s there. It’s a good reminder.

      1. Yeah. It’s amazing how many mental barriers you can overcome if you just keep going and don’t stop. It’s really inspiring. Being a writer is terribly difficult.

  2. Hi. I Love your blog and would like to sign up for posts but am having trouble doing so. Could you please send me a link? Thanks Deanna (Montreal).

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