Ten Quote Tuesday (#41)

Gabriel Gonzalez


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.



“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” -Gustave Flaubert

“The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” -Alan Dean Foster

“A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.” -Tim O’Brien

“Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible.” -Don Roff

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.” -Benjamin Franklin

“The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.” -Stephen King

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” -Pearl S. Buck

“There’s life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying penmanship and rhetoric and syntax and Beowulf and George Eliot, and then somebody steals your pencil.” -Dorothy Parker

“You know, everybody’s ignorant, just on different subjects.” -Will Rogers

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” -Octavia E. Butler


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13 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#41)

  1. The Reading Cottage: The Platform For Books, Feature Articles, Book Reviews, Interview, Culture, Lifestyle , Entertainment

    Thanks for sharing this article. I quote “There’s life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying.”


  2. Reblogged this on Obzervashunal and commented:
    Thanks to ‘A Writer’s Path’ for these reminders as I begin a new day of writing and editing! I hope you all find as much value in them as I do…


  3. I feel your pain, Flaubert.

    I also love that Tim O’Brien quote. I’ve heard similar sentiments expressed before by both Elie Wiesel and Neil Gaiman . . . a diverse group of writers if ever there was one!


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