To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

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

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

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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