Over the past month I’ve been conversing with several online contacts who are passionate about writing. Some are bloggers, others poets and another writes for the business community. All this, I suppose has had something to do with getting me thinking about quotes about writing. So this month’s quotes all touch upon writing in one way or another. Enjoy!
Quotes for Writers
Like a page that aches for a word… Neil Diamond
For Christ sake write and don’t worry about what the boys will say nor whether it will be a masterpiece nor what. I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-nine pages of shit.
– Ernest Hemingway
Every morning the New York Times is out on the front step, and I wake up and get my cup of tea and decide whether to meditate first or read the New York Times first. If the New York Times is first, by the time I’m to page four, I am already engaged in the pain and suffering, the greed and the fear. If I meditate first and come into a kind of spacious awareness, I have a perspective that gives me some leverage so that I don’t just keep drowning in it. It doesn’t mean nonaction; it means that the action comes from a quieter space inside.
– Ram Dass
Try? There is no try. There is only do or not do.
– Yoda, “The Empire Strikes Back”
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
– Flannery O’Connor
A poem… begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness… It finds the thought and the thoughts find the words.
– Robert Frost
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
– Robert Charles Benchley
In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will always be singing
About the dark times.
– Bertolt Brecht
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
– Leonard Cohen
When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am a grown-up, they call me a writer.
– J.B. Singer
I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.
– Peter De Vries