motivational

      
                                    

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Writing is like sex; you don’t have to wait until you’re an expert to begin doing it.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming—in thinking, not writing.

I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.

Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.

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

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see—every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

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

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

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.

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

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.

About no subject are poets tempted to lie so much as about their own lives.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps if you have a plan and a course laid out.

I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.

An obstacle is often a stepping stone.

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time.

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.

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