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.

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

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.

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.

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

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

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

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

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

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

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.

Instead of following the rules without regard for whether they’re making our writing effective or not, we often need to question the rules. To write with style, we need at times to break the rules.

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

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

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

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

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.

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