My Favorite Writing Quotes

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

As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying and write about the silence. — N.R. Hart

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself. — Franz Kafka

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard. — Allen Ginsburg

A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world. — Susan Sontag

But when people say, Did you always want to be a writer? I have to say no! I always was a writer. — Ursula Le Guin

For once the disease of reading has laid hold upon the system it weakens it so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing. — Virginia Woolf

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

I need solitude for my writing. Not like a hermit — that wouldn’t be enough — but like a dead man. — Franz Kafka

Even More of My Favorite Quotes

Here is a collection of even more of my favorite quotes:

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself ~ Albert Camus

I rise from my worst disasters. I turn, I change ~ Virginia Woolf

I am in the mood to dissolve in the sky ~ Virginia Woolf

All extremes of feeling are allied with madness ~ Virginia Woolf

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable ~ John Steinbeck

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard, to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony. ~ William Henry Channing

Whoever, at any time, has undertaken to build a new heaven has found the strength for it in his own hell ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god ~ Aristotle

It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road ~ J.D. Salinger

She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see except standing there leaning on the balcony railing holding the universe together. ~ J.D. Salinger

Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row ~ J.D. Salinger

I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody ~ J.D. Salinger

I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I’ve met. If you want to stay alive, you have to stay that stuff, though ~ J.D. Salinger

Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry. ~ J.D. Salinger

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~ Oscar Wilde

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

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.~ Eckhart Tolle

To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. ~ Eckhart Tolle

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. ~ Eckhart Tolle

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.~ Salman Rushdie

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. ~ Robert Frost

Nothing binds you except your thoughts, nothing limits you except your fears, and nothing controls you except your beliefs. ~ Marianne Williamson