Some of these are inspirational or thought provoking, while some are just entertaining.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.
Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Charles de Montesquieu
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.
H. G. Wells
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.
I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
Peter De Vries
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
T. S. Eliot
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Never judge a book by its movie.
J. W. Eagan
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.