Favorite Quotes

“Like the committed writer, the passionate writer is sure of herself. Not only that, she’s on fire with certainty. Ideas explode from her like hot spots from the sun. When she writes, she tears the paper with her enthusiasm.” — Judy Reeves

“Much of my writing is energized by unresolved memories – something like ghosts in the psychological sense.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“Keep a good heart. That’s the most important thing in your life. It’s not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart.” — Joni Mitchell

“I don’t write for an audience. I write for myself. And if I imagine an audience at all, it’s the characters, but I know that I would keep writing even if no one ever published me again, even if no one ever read me again.” — Ursula Hegi

“I had something in my throat. It felt like I had swallowed the whole world.” —Frida Kahlo

“To be caught in a glut of dramatic episodes, to be ceaselessly participating, means among other things that one is unaware of that bigger drama of which human activity is but a small part. The act of writing puts a stop to one kind of activity in order to release another. When a monk, prayerfully meditating, walks slowly and silently down the hall of a temple, and thus sets in motion one prayer wheel after another, he gives a living illustration of the act of sitting down to write.” — Henry Miller

“I own my life. And only mine. And so I shall appreciate my person. And so I shall make proper use of myself.” — Ruth Beebe Hill

“A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” — Henry James

“This became a credo of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” — Bette Davis

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” — Twyla Tharp

“I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we secure our own soul.” — Margaret Chase Smith

“Just write the best you can about the things that concern you most. I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.” — Katherine Hepburn

“I always work better when I do not reason, when no question of right or wrong enter in,—when my pulse quickens to the form before me without hesitation nor calculation.” — Edward Weston, great American photographer

“We evolve only when we participate, not when we sit on the sidelines fearing inadequacy. And the more we act, the more wisdom, confidence, and excellence we receive. Trusting the process leads to peace and contentment. Release impatience. Dive in; you will rise to the top. Instead of focusing on the final product, ask yourself how you are becoming a better person by immersing in this divine process.” — Jill Badonsky

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” — Gene Fowler

“What a release to write so that one forgets oneself, forgets one’s companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next-to be drenched in work as one is drenched in sleep or in sea. Pencils and pads and curling blue sheets alive with letters heap on the desk.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"One writes in order to feel." — Muriel Rukeyser

"Character—the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life— is the source from which self-respect springs." — Joan Didion

"Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar." — Erica Jong

"All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn." — Iris Murdoch

"The mind I love must still have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of—and paths threaded with those little flowers planted by the mind." — Katherine Mansfield

"Achieving something that I thought was impossible gave me a new feeling about who I am. I have a different kind of faith in myself. I don't get as easily discouraged, because I know that with persistence, the right idea will unfold. Nothing seems beyond my reach. I know that, with courage, I can follow my heart no matter what." — Marcy Basel

"The most notable fact that culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities." — Adrienne Rich

"Re-examine all you have been told . . . Dismiss what insults your Soul." — Walt Whitman

"We must be unafraid to be utterly honest, to honor our gut feelings, and to say and do the unpopular when necessary. We have to give up our addiction to other people's opinions and surrender to the freedom of acting with strength and courage." — Suzanne Falter-Barns

"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic." — Susan Jeffers

"Art does not come from thinking, but from responding." - Corita Kent "For there is never any way to go but in." — Doris Lessing

"Writing a book is like rearing children — willpower has very little to do with it. If you have a little baby crying in the middle of the night, and if you depend only on willpower to get you out of bed to feed the baby, that baby will starve. You do it out of love." — Annie Dillard

"If you want to write, write." Ray Bradbury

"Do not push the river, it will flow by itself" — Polish Proverb

"Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm" — Malayan Proverb

"We walked through night till night was a poem" — Brenda Hillman