A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

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

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.

Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me”.

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