Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

When you write you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner's pick, a woodcarver's gouge, a surgeon's probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year ...


I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember.

- Ellen Glasgow


If I waited for perfection ... I would never write a word.

- Margaret Atwood


Although some use stories as entertainment alone, tales are, in their oldest sense, a healing art. Some are called to this healing art, and the best, to my lights, are those who have lain with the story and found all its matching parts inside themselves and at depth ... In the best tellers I know, the stories grow out of their lives like roots grow a tree. The stories have grown them, grown them into who they are.

- Clarissa Pinkola Estes


With a pencil and paper, I could revise the world.

- Alison Lurie


Words are your material, and if you can use them, then fight with them and wrestle them because they are alive.

- Jeanette Winterson


One may lie to oneself, lie to the world, lie to God, even, but to one's pen one cannot lie.

- Willa Cather


Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.

- Virginia Woolf


There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.

- Don Marquis


No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

- Samuel Johnson

Unless one is genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.

- Anthony Hope


Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators.

- Albert Camus

It is the rule, not the exception, that otherwise unemployable public figures inevitably take to writing for publication.

- Richard Condon