Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.

A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibilities of their own souls.

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

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.

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

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

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

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

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

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.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.

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

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.

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

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.

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

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

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

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