100 Writing Quotes From The Best Writers In The World

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Write what should not be forgotten. Isabel Allende

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

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Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. David Foster Wallace

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We write to taste life in the moment and in retrospect. Anais Nin

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Writing is its own reward. Henry Miller

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A writer is a world trapped in a person. Victor Hugo

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth

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Without great solitude no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

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Good things, when short, are twice as good. Baltasar Gracián

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Go inside where silence is. Stay there. Let words bubble up. Maxime Lagacé

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All bad writers are in love with the epic. Ernest Hemingway

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Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. Louis L’Amour

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Write with conviction. Pick a side and be bold. And if you’re wrong, admit it. Jeff Goins

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There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. Frank Herbert

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If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. Martin Luther

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The Best Writing Quotes

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The first draft of everything is shit. Ernest Hemingway Click to tweet

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed. Ernest Hemingway

Write while the heat is in you… The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. Henry David Thoreau

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow

I had so many ideas. Jammed up. It was like they just needed permission to come out. Stephen King

You go where the story leads you. Stephen King

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury

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

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I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on until I am. Jane Austen Click to tweet

I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing. Melinda Haynes

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A writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down. Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life. E.B. White

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

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac Click to tweet

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. Tom Clancy

It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly. C. J. Cherryh

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Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. Henry Miller

It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it. Jack Kerouac

Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading. Eudora Welty

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter. Blaise Pascal Click to tweet

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams

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Part 2. Writing Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Writing Quotes (Hemingway, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, etc.)

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The road to hell is paved with adverbs. Stephen King Click to tweet

A short saying often contains much wisdom. Sophocles

Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don’t think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it. J.K. Rowling

Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Margaret Atwood

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 Woolf

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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can write nothing of value unless you give yourself wholly to the the theme – and when you so give yourself – you lose appetite ans sleep – it cannot be helped. Charlotte Brontë

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. Kurt Vonnegut

The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life. Zadie Smith

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. Winston Churchill

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

People should be interested in books, not their authors. Agatha Christie

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. Andre Gide

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. Albert Camus

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Fiction is the truth inside the lie. Stephen King Click to tweet

Writing is the painting of the voice. Voltaire

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. Toni Morrison

Write drunk, edit sober. Ernest Hemingway

Short Writing Quotes

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A word after a word after a word is power. Margaret Atwood Click to tweet

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. Margaret Atwood

Writers live twice. Natalie Goldberg

I allow my intuition to lead my path. Manuel Puig

Be obscure clearly. E.B. White

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Writers who don’t write weekly, write weakly. James Clear

A story should entertain the writer, too. Stephen King

The adverb is not your friend. Stephen King

There is no perfect time to write. There’s only now. Barbara Kingsolver Click to tweet

Tears are words that need to be written. Paulo Coelho

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. G.K. Chesterton

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If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Elmore Leonard

You must kill all your darlings. William Faulkner

The pain you feel when you write is actually the pain of clarifying your thinking. David Perell

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. Herman Melville

To survive, you must tell stories. Umberto Eco

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Inspirational Writing Quotes

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You can make anything by writing. C.S. Lewis Click to tweet

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. J.K. Rowling

The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love. Ray Bradbury

Shoot for the top, always. You know you’ll never make it, but what’s the fun if you don’t shoot for the top? Ursula K. Le Guin

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

Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. Holly Gerth

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. Octavia E. Butler

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If you wait for inspiration to write you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. Dan Poynter

To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. Pablo Picasso

Unwritten thoughts slip away like last night’s dreams. A good sentence can carry the light of insight, undimmed, across years, decades, and centuries. The Stoic Emperor

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. Pearl S. Buck

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

Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood — you will either write or you will not — and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try. Jim Tully

Be strategic and resilient in the pursuit of your dreams. That sounds like a cheesy quote, right? But nah, I’m serious. Resilience is one hell of a quality to master and not many have the skin for it. Tiffany D. Jackson

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A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. Richard Bach

On writers: They belong not to one system, one nation only, but to the universe. And just because they are so very far away, it is usually many years before their light is visible to the inhabitants of this earth. Arthur Schopenhauer

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. Neil Gaiman

The writer must have a good imagination to being with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising. Stephen King

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. William Faulkner Click to tweet

Once I start work on a project, I don’t stop, and I don’t slow down unless I absolutely have to. Stephen King

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Jane Yolen

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Good writing is often about letting go of fear and affectation. Stephen King Click to tweet

I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it. Chinua Achebe

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work. Augusten Burroughs

The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea. Thomas Mann

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. Ernest Hemingway

You wanna fly, you got to give up the sh*t that weighs you down. Toni Morrison

Part 3. Conclusion

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Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. Toni Morrison

You will fail. It’s inevitable. It’s what you do with it. J.K. Rowling

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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March 7, 2022

Originally published

September 28, 2018

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10 comments

  1. Excellent blog and collection of quotes. I write to invigorate myself. I write to be the characters that I am definitely not. I write to investigate all the things I’m anxious about. Thanks for the info.

    1. Thanks for your message Attilio.
      Writing is indeed a great way to discover and travel. It makes us learn about the world but more importantly about ourselves.

      Best,
      Maxime

    1. Thank you Trinidad for your message.
      It’s true the poetry and playing with words (or creating quotes) is a beautiful mix between beauty, suffering, clarity, simplicity, and lots more.

      Best,
      Maxime

  2. As an “unknown” American author (3 books available), my question is why does an author have to be famous or read in order for his (her) quotes to be considered? I have many, many quotes on your topics that are as good as any “famous” author. Time to note the quality of the quote and not just the level of fame.

  3. I love Ernest Hemingway. He speaks very boldly and frankly. Ego tests with thoughts of Charlotte Bronte: if you do not go through with the topic about which you write, the creation will not work, but if you penetrate it completely, you can skip everything around.
    But Pablo Picasso “Without a lot of loneliness, no serious work is possible,” I have a double opinion. Alone, the author has the opportunity to focus on thoughts, but also alone he cannot get inspiration.
    Thanks to great people for clever thoughts.

    1. I loved the clarity with which Hemingway wrote.
      And for the Picasso quote, I agree that it would have have been good to have more nuance in this quote, or perhaps more context.
      I believe solitude can bring some of our greatest thinking but we are still tribal animals that connection to be really “complete”.

      Thanks,
      Maxime

  4. Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. Louis L’Amour
    Great lines by Louis. I just started writing and I understand how important is to keep on experimenting and writing till you succeed.

    1. Yes, that’s true.
      We need to remember, like Ernest Hemingway said, that the first draft of everything is shit.
      It helps us “just write”.
      That’s where the magic happens.

      Good luck with your writings.

      Regards,
      Maxime

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