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

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.

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

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.

A real book is not one that’s read, but one that reads us.

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

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

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

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

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

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

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

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

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.

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

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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