Inspirational Quotes About Writing from History's Mentors

Inspirational Quotes About Writing from History's Mentors
Feb 04

Whether you journal to sort through your feelings, write prose to inspire yourself and others, or agonize over unrhymed poetic lines of iambic pentameter, the process of writing has been inspiring humans across the globe for centuries. Some of history’s most prolific writers have themselves tried to put into words the beauty, the challenge, and the importance of writing for our minds and souls. Before you next put fountain pen to paper, spend a few minutes reflecting on these inspirational sentiments from some of the most influential writers in history.


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”

― Toni Morrison


“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”

— Somerset Maugham


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

― Anaïs Nin


“And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.”

— J. K. Rowling


“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”

  • George Orwell


“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

― Louis L'Amour


“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”

  • Truman Capote


“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

  • Gustave Flaubert


“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”

  • Elmore Leonard


“Writing is a journey of discovery because until you start, you never know what will happen, and you can be surprised by what you do - expect the unexpected!”

— Mini Grey


“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


“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.”

—Robin S. Sharma


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“Writing the perfect paper is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory.”

— Ryan Holiday


“Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions.”

  • Paulo Coelho

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