Quotes

“There is no greater agony than bearing the untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” -Virginia Wolf (A Room Of One’s Own)

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” -Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince)

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” -Mark Twain (The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain)

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” -Stephen King

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton Chekhov

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

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” -Henry David Thoreau

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” -W. Somerset Maugham

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” -Ernest Hemingway

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -Kurt Vonnegut (A Man Without a Country)

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” -Sylvia Plath (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” -Stephen King (On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” -William Wordsworth

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” -John F. Kennedy

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands, but with my heart.” -Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” -Neil Gaiman

“A word after a word after a word is power.” -Margaret Atwood

“Tears are words that need to be written.” -Paulo Coelho

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” -Ray Bradbury

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” -Joss Whedon

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” -Franz Kafka

“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.” -Richard Price

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”-Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” -John Green

“I wish to go beyond the fire that burns me.” -Petrarch

“I find no other defence to protect me

from other people’s open notice,

since in my aspect, whose joy is quenched,

they see from outside how I flame within.” -Petrarch

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

“I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.” -Neil Gaiman

“Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there“. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” -John Green

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” -Helen Keller

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” -Veronica Roth

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” -Paulo Coelho