12 Quotes to Inspire Your Writing

It's easy to get stuck in a rut with your writing, but don't worry; the greats are coming to the rescue with these twelve inspiring quotes. Here's hoping they can pull you out of that funk.




No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. – Robert Frost

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader. – Joseph Joubert

What I do believe, is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other. – Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window. – William Faulkner

However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon. – Maya Angelou

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

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person. – David M. Burns

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true. – John Steinbeck

The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. – Joyce Carol Oates

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. – Anaïs Nin

I can shake off everything as I write; My sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank