What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
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.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
An obstacle is often a stepping stone.
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Writing is like sex; you don’t have to wait until you’re an expert to begin doing it.
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.
Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
About no subject are poets tempted to lie so much as about their own lives.
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
A real book is not one that’s read, but one that reads us.
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.
Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming—in thinking, not writing.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.
Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me”.
Don't take rest after your first victory..
Because if you fail in second,more lips are waiting to say that Your first victory was just luck ..
By: Dr.A.P.J ABDUL KALAM