Quotes Corner: A Scattering

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” (Ray Bradbury)
  • Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” (E.L. Doctorow)
  • If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” (Toni Morrison)
  • The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” (Norbet Platt)
  • It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.” (Vita Sackville-West)
  • The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” (Vladimir Nabokov)
  • The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” (Mark Twain)
  • Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” (Samuel Beckett)
  • A writer and nothing else:  a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.” (John K. Hutchens)
  • Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.” (Graycie Harmon)
  • When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” (Enrique Jardiel Poncela)
  • The only cure for writer’s block is insomnia.” (Merit Antares)
  • Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.” (Franz Kafka)
  • Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially.” (A. Bronson Alcott)

[Were these quotes helpful? Is there anyone you’d like to see here? What inspires you the most? Let me know in the comments.]