Great Quotes for Authors

In the dictionary, it is stated that quotes “appeal to an author or book.” Here are some of my favorite quotes. Use these for motivation, knowledge, and enjoyment.

“Most people don’t realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.” Katherine Ann Porter

“We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle

“(Traditional) Publishers don’t nurse you. They buy and sell you.” PD James

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.” Anthony Trollope

“Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye…” 1st Corinthians 15:51

“Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds minded from layers of rewrites.” Andre Jute

“An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.” Francois-Rene, Vicomte de Chateaubriand  

“Whereas in a flow state, you were supposed to experience absolute mastery of your gifts.” Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year.

“A writer’s duty is to register what it is like for him or her to be in the world.” Zadie Smith

“If you can’t annoy somebody with what you write, I think there is little point in writing.” Kingsley Amis

“Without words, without writing and without books, there would be no history; there would be no concept of humanity.” Hermann Hesse

“Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel.” Joel Osteen

“There are three rules to writing. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Somerset Maugham

“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” Ernest Hemingway

Here are a couple of my own.

“We need to build independent authors, not authors that are dependent.”

“I will be judged on what my books did for others, not what my books did for me.”

“It is impossible to be an author and feel comfortable at the same time.”

“If I miss one day of reading, it breaks my heart.”

“Television is the destroyer of authors.”

“Giving up is not only insulting to yourself, but insulting to those who believe in you.”

“I am human, just like every other author. That puts us all on the same playing field.”

“I’ve never written a single word for money. My only thought has been the reader.”

“I am thankful for all the mistakes I’ve made, because I won’t make them again.”

“Someday, I am going to count all the characters I pretended to be for the last thirty years.”

“I do not understand why authors want to be on Oprah? One mistake or slipup and your career is over.”

“Any reaction to my book, including disgust and hatred, is a good reaction, because it means the reader believed my story.”

“No one is harder on me, than me.”

“If I die with one thought that hasn’t been written, then I have failed.”

 “God gave me a gift. I do not want to let Him down.”

 Ron Knight
Author of Untraditional Publishing

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