Ten Quote Tuesday (#47)



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.



“People do not deserve good writing. They are so pleased with bad.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If a book isn’t self-explanatory, then it isn’t worth reading.” -Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

“I write description in longhand because that’s hardest for me, and you’re closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works.” -Ernest Hemingway

“Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.” -Mel Brooks

“When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer. ” -Isaac Bashevis Singer

“I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.” -Samuel Johnson

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” -Annie Proulx

“Part of the appeal of the fantastic is taking ridiculous ideas very seriously and pretending they’re not absurd.” -China Miéville

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all I can permit myself to contemplate.” -John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“You don’t make art out of good intentions.” -Gustave Flaubert



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17 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#47)

      1. I was going to avoid my laptop today, but that quote helped me sit down and actually finish a page. I won’t even think about how many others I still have to write 🙂 Thank you, John.


  1. These are great quotes. The favorite, the steinbeck one. it is so overwhelming.. The liar one made me smile though and we all need a smile!!


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