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22 of the Best Quotes on Writing Ever

I love quotes about writing. I hope you do, too. If you do, I’d love to know what your favorite quote about the craft is – how about sharing it with us?

With that in mind, I asked fellow bloggers for their favorite quotes, and, oh boy, what a response!

Below you’ll find some of the best quotes about writing ever.

Below each quote is the name and blog link to the blogger who provided the quote. Special thanks to everyone who provided a quote. I added click-to-tweet to most quotes, but some were too long to be tweetable.

Get your facts first then you may distort them as you please. (Tweet Quote)

~Mark Twain

Provided by Devani Anjali @ DevaniAnjali.com

The first draft of anything is shit. (Tweet Quote)

~Ernest Hemingway

– Provided by Vincent Nguyen @ selfstairway.com

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. (Tweet Quote)

~Les Brown

– Provided by Pamela Fernuik Hodges @ ipaintiwrite.com

No man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

~CS Lewis.

– Provided by Kathleen Caron @ kathleencaron.com

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait 2 years to know whether or not it was funny. (Tweet Quote)

~Alain de Botton

– Provided by Mike Loomis @ MikeLoomis.co

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.

~Orson Scott

– Provided by Joan Hall @ joanhallwrites.com

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

~Stephen King

– Provided by Stacy Claflin @ stacyclaflin.com

You don’t have to say everything to say something. (Tweet Quote)

~Beth Moore

– Provided by Tamara Peters @ tamarapeters.ca

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. (Tweet Quote)

~Ernest Hemingway

– Provided by Chris Morris @ chrismorriswrites.com

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. (Tweet Quote)

~Tennessee Williams

– Provided by Christa Sterken @ christasterken.com

Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as the strawberries knows nothing about grapes. (Tweet Quote)


– Provided by Renee Baude @ reneebaude.com

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do…Try to be better than yourself. (Tweet Quote)

~John Steinbeck

– Provided by Kath Unsworth @ kathunsworth.com

I am like a little pencil in God’s hand. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.

~Mother Teresa

– Provided by Joy Lenton @ wordsofjoy75.co.uk

Write something that’s worth fighting over. Because that’s how you change things. That’s how you create art. (Tweet Quote)

~Jeff Goins

– Provided by James Prescott @ jamesprescott.co.uk

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

~Job 19

– Provided by Anastacia Maness @ rocksolidfamily.com

The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.

~Henry Miller

– Provided by Stacey ‘Buesing’ Covell @ staceycovell.com

The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land. (Tweet Quote)

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

– Provided by Shelley Dupont @ shelleydupont.com

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down. (Tweet Quote)

~Julia Cameron

– Provided by Eileen Muldowney @ eileenknowles.com

All writing comes by the grace of God. (Tweet Quote)

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

– Provided by Maria Morgan @ mariaimorgan.com

Know that the Creator lives and moves and breathes within you. So those dreams? Risk them. Those words? Write them. Those hopes? Believe them.

~Elora Nicole Ramirez

– Provided by Julie-Anne Mauno @ julieannemauno.com

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work. (Tweet Quote)

~Stephen King

– Provided by Peter DeHaan @ http://peterdehaan.com

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (Tweet Quote)

~Anaïs Nin

– Provided by Anne Gollias Peterson @ annepeterson.com


Thanks again to all the bloggers who provided quotes for this post.

Share your favorite quotes about the craft in the comments.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • staci troilo

    Great post. Love all the quotes. Here’s one of my favorites:

    “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Deanna Schrayer

    Some great quotes here, many I’d not heard before. My all-time favorite is by Jack Kerouac: “If you don’t say what you want, what’s the sense in writing?” I have that pinned above my desk to remind me that’s it’s not only okay but necessary to dig deep and write truthfully.

    • That’s a great quote, Deanna.
      The best thing about asking others for their favorite quote is that you get to discover ones you may never have heard before.

  • Thank you Bryan for the opportunity to share my favorite quote.

  • Thanks Bryan for sharing my favourite quote. Really appreciate it. Lots of awesome quotes here, thanks for this!

  • Eileen

    So many great ones! Thanks, Bryan.

  • Ashley

    I love these!

  • Thanks so much for sharing the quotes, Bryan! They are awesome. Thank you for including my quote!

    • My pleasure and thanks for providing one, Stacy. Glad to see you were finally able to get your comment to post!

  • Appreciate the opportunity to share a quote, Bryan! Thanks & God bless~

  • Great post, Bryan! This is a perfect quick reference for writing quotes. I’m going to bookmark this page for future reference. 🙂

  • Shelley

    This is great! I’m going to “tweet” them all!

  • These are so encouraging. Thank you for allowing us to share.

  • Great quotes. Thanks for collecting them. I am going to use one of them on my blog.

    Another one, not explicitly about writing, has stuck with me because of the situation I was in:

    “Nothing happens unless first a dream.” Carl Sandburg

  • Thanks so much for including me, Bryan. What an honor.

  • Thanks Bryan enjoyed them all.

  • Here’s another Dr. Seuss quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

    Yet another reminder to be true to ourselves when we write.

    Thanks for a great list. I have a growing collection of quotes that I look at regularly.

  • themagicviolinist

    These are all great! 😀 I’m going to keep these handy for motivation.

    My mom loves the quote by Anaïs Nin. It’s in her e-mail signature.

    I love this quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” That’s sort of become my motto. That, along with “write,” which is a lot easier said than done (especially if you’re busy). 😉

    • I love that quote, too. Benjamin Franklin is always a great source of perfect words for almost any occasion.

  • Lori Lipsky

    Super! I love quotes worth tweeting, worth thinking about, worth living out.

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  • “No writer can truly appreciate success if they cannot first appreciate failure.”


  • Sam

    Some more great ones here: http://www.curatedquotes.com

  • I would Like to recommend a website, where you could find great collection of quotes