Ten Quote Tuesday (#28)



Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes to nudge awake the sleeping muse.

If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

Check out last week’s episode here.



“Write the poem only you can write.” – Billy Collins

“The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died and then the queen died of grief is a plot.” – E.M. Forster

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac

“I get a sentence, an idea, an image, and I start. I don’t know anything beyond it. I follow it.” – David Rabe

“Personality is everything in art and poetry.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“You can go a long way on short words.” – Joseph J. Romm

“I try to write about the stuff that torments us all.” – Danielle Steel

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.” – Virginia Woolf

“The best we can do is write words from which a kind of truth emerges.” – Muriel Spark

“I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.” – Francoise Sagan


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15 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#28)”

  1. Love Romm’s quote – too many writers think they need to impress us with the quantity and length of their words, which actually makes the text harder to read and understand. Kind of like this comment.

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  2. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac.

    I’ve gradually realised this and seem to be simplifying a lot of text as I edit my draft..!


      1. Writing poetry ,for me, is like a good exercise program. Some days I do a lot and other days are empty. I teach mostly poetry slams but we do look at other forms for inspiration and the value of word choice.


  3. Oh, the humanity! To pick just ONE?! In hindsight, perhaps I needed to read some words of wisdom concerning melodrama and the foil of overzealousness.

    I took from several of today’s outstanding collection a general sense of the beauty in simplicity, of both words and character. I am certainly guilty of the tendency to overwrite and to spackle my prose with fanciful flights of linguistic pageantry – though I’m sure you didn’t notice. Beyond that, just LIVE! And should you make it through, write about it!


  4. The Rabe quote resonates with me most these days. How funny that I’m only right now discovering how to follow my writing instead of trying to lead it.


  5. “I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.” – Francoise Sagan

    I enjoyed this quote because this has been something I’ve been working on with myself. Finding that balance between being a participant in life, and then an observer(writer). I used to feel unproductive going out and having fun sometimes, thinking I needed to be home, finishing a writing project.

    I’m learning now though that my inner artist is like a child, it needs to play and have fun and then the writing gets easier. Funny how that works, but I’m learning. It also doesn’t help though that I’m in that “after college” stage in my life, trying to figure out where I’ll fit in the world still. I’m always looking for new and playful ways to better increase my writer’s flow. If you have any tips that would be great. 🙂


  6. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    It’s a tough call to say one of those quotes is my favorite, however, I do think the one from Danielle Steel fits the closest with my desire as a writer. I like to include with ‘torment’: intrigues, interests, strives to make us better or stronger, makes us question or think. Some days thinking is torment!


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