Quotes from the Greats

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ~ Stephen King

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Whether your a Seattle poet, a Canadian novelist, or a Houston book editor like me, every single one of use can use a bit of inspiration. I love reading quotes from fellow creatives and pondering their wisdom and wit. Great writers can absorb lessons, concepts and motivation from these musings.


“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” ~ William H. Gass

“We write to taste life twice. In the moment and in retrospect.” ~ Anais Nin

“The stories we love best live in us forever.” ~ J.K. Rowling

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

“The two most engaging powers are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to creat something that will.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” ~ Ernest Hemmingway

“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

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“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

“The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.” ~ T. S. Elliot

“That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” ~ Margaret Atwood

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of writing or thinking about writing.” ~ Eugene Lonesco

“The first antidote to writer’s block is to…write.” ~ Henriette Anne Klauser

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