Writers' Quotes

projection quote“The world is nothing but my perception of it. I see only through myself. I hear only through the filter of my story.” – Byron Katie

“The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.” – Oscar Wilde

Byron Katie quoteJill, the protagonist in my novel, Norman in the Picture, lives by the above quote. It’s what makes her do what she will do at the end. Does your protagonist or antagonist have a favorite quote?

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Quotes for Writers

Writing is the painting of the voiceI like to read quotes for writers at the end of the day. Some inspire, some make me laugh, and some I nod my head in agreement.

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
―Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt 

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L”Engle

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
― Mark Twain

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
― E. L. Doctorow

Margaret Atwood Quotes

Margaret Atwood“Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté.” -Margaret Atwood, novelist and poet

“In the end, we all become stories.”

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

“The darkness is really out there. It’s not something that’s in my head, just. It’s in my work because it’s in the world.”

“Time is not a thing that passes…it’s a sea on which you float.”

“God gave unto the
Animals A wisdom past our power to see:
Each knows innately how to live,
Which we must learn laboriously.”

Survival is a theme that weighs heavily on Atwood, and it’s in a lot of her work. And she counts the creation of alternate realities and fiction writing as survival tactics.

George Orwell Quotes

George Orwell with BBCGeorge Orwell (1903 – 1950) was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His birth name was Eric Arthur Blair. The Times, in 2008, ranked Orwell second on the list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”.

“Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.”

“Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.”

“If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.”

“Never use the passive where you can use the active.”

“I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development. His subject matter will be determined by the age he lives in…but before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape. It is his job, no doubt, to discipline his temperament and avoid getting stuck at some immature stage, in some perverse mood; but if he escapes from his early influences altogether, he will have killed his impulse to write.” (from his book, Why I Write)

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

Thomas Hardy Quotes

Thomas Hardy head shotThomas Hardy Quotes:

“While many things are too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.”

“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.”

“A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.”

Thomas Hardy (1840 to 1928) was an English novelist and poet. Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd are two of his well known novels. He wrote abut tragic characters who struggled with their passions and social circumstances.