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Friday, April 19, 2013

Quotes

“Don't let a single day go by without writing. Even if it's garbage, if garbage is all you can write, write it. Garbage eventually becomes compost with a little treatment.”  - Anonymous

“I write for the same reason I breathe. If I didn’t, I would die.” – Isaac Asimov

“Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work more visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.” – Elie Wiesel

“Writers don’t need to be given formulas; they need to be shown possibilities.” – Barry Lane

“If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.” – Natalie Goldberg

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

“The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.” – Samuel Johnson

“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.” – Mark Twain

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” – Orson Scott Card

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

“The first draft reveals the art, revision reveals the artist.” – Michael Lee

36 comments:

Ann Hinds said...

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a son.” – Maya Angelou

Great quote to start mt morning as the birds outside are louder than one would expect. I hope I have a dong too.

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YVONNE LEWIS: said...

I love quotes, especially ones that aim to improve your way of thinking.

Yvonne.

A month of....Blog said...

Nice ones! I also have Quotes for "Q" today.
A month of Blog...

Bethie said...

I was going to say which on I liked the best, but they're all great.

Kate said...

I love all of these quotes! I might have to copy them all down and carry them with me :)

Linda said...

I love writing quotes, here is another one for you
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

Sania Heba said...

I love the one by Mark Twain. It's only after the original excitement of writing has died down that you can step back and perceive your own flaws.

Sania at Embracing Dawn

Susan Scott said...

Those were wonderful quotes thank you Pamela as well as the ones by those who left comments.
I have quotes written down everywhere in notebooks. I'm sure I have quotes on writing but this one is the first that comes to mind.
Talmud: we do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.

Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

Nancy Weeks said...

I love the quotes. I also keep a few around when I need a little push. My favorite is on my website.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison

Cathrina Constantine said...

Another post on quotes and I love them all! Thanks for sharing.

Me said...

I love quotes and have so many books on them too.

Truly loved reading your post!

Mark Means said...

Some great quotes and I may have to steal...er, I mean borrow, a few of them :)

Left and Write

Sheena-kay Graham said...

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

That's my favourite and exactly what I want to do as a writer. Great quote list.

Jess McGraw said...

“If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.” – Natalie Goldberg

I really like this quote.

Jai said...

Nice quotes.

Susan Kane said...

Where is a quote when you need one?!

Nana Prah said...

I like the one by Samuel Johnson the best. Thanks for sharing them. Thanks for stopping by my blog, leaving a comment, and following me. I really appreciate it.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

OH my, I would have expected OSC to say that. Sigh.

Julia Chiang said...

These are great quotes. I was going to say which is my favorite, but it's not easy. I think my favs are Michael Lee, Elie Wiesel & Barry Lane.....

Jules
A Dose of Jules

Shannon Mashinchi said...

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." is one of my personal favorites!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am very interested in reading more on yours and will be adding you to my personal blog roll! :)

Happy writing!

Shannon
<a href="http://www.theothersideoftheequation.com>The Other Side of the Equation</a>

Suzy said...

Great quotes. I love Maya Angelou's. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

chuck said...

What a great collection of quotes! I especially like the first one. I have to write quite a lot for my job, and I love it, but my true indulgence is in making up fantastic worlds for fantasy and science fiction stories and games.

Lara said...

Great quotes--thanks for sharing! :)

The Wicked Writer said...

I love the quotes.

Me said...

Loved the quotes :)

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Preetilata【ツ】 said...

Brilliant Collection!

And favorite is “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” – E.L. Doctorow

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Sylvia Ney said...

Linda - that is another great one by Maya Angelou!

Kianwi said...

Great, inspiring quotes! I like the Doctorow and Samuel Johnson quotes the best.

Julie Luek said...

I love quotes that remind me writing is an expression and art and not just a business and formula.

CBame13 said...

Awesome quotes! I feel so inspired I may have to just slack off at work and write all day!

Rebecca Douglass said...

Wonderful quotes!

Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar said...

Beautiful quotes. I will bear them in mind the next time I suffer from writer's block.

Cynthia Rodrigues Manchekar at Cynthology

Kathe W. said...

really enjoy this post! Especially the first quote about writing! Cheers!

Beverly Fox said...

I'm pasting these on my computer screen!

Jamie Clark said...

Great quotes! I am following you now. I love quotes, words of wisdom :)I am returning the favor from Being Positive with a Depressive Soul. Have a great weekend!