Quote Anthology

Inspirational:

“Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Shout loud, ‘I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I’m not just a clam or a ham
Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!
I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be!
If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!'”
— Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
— Albert Einstein

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
— Frederick Buechner

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
— Martin Luther

Insight:

“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.”
— Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

“Thou art but a fool to complain. You spend your speech and waste your brain;”
— “Everyman”

“The man who’s a dreamer and never takes leave
Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe
Will never know passion, will never know pain.
Who sits by the window will one day see rain.”
— Jules Bass, “The Greatest Adventure”

“So changing from a senior in high school to a freshman in college is like being a catfish among the minnows in a lake to being a catfish among the whales in an ocean…”
— Melissa Tabor

“Broken people tend to have sharp edges. … We’re all broken people. We all have sharp edges.”
— Dr. Stockstill

“WARNING: EVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST.”
— Nintendo Wii quit screen

C. S. Lewis:

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”
The Weight of Glory

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
— Mere Christianity

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
— The Four Loves

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
The Four Loves

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
The Problem of Pain

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

Donald Miller: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live A Better Story

“Jordan looked at me with his furrowed brow again. ‘You put something on the page,’ he said. ‘Your life is a blank page. You write on it.'”

“Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you are going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. It’s like that with writing books, and it’s like that with people. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.”

“You don’t know a story is happening to you when you’re in it.”

“I think this is when most people give up on their stories. They come out of college wanting to change the world, wanting to get married, wanting to have kids and change the way people buy office supplies. But they get into the middle and discover it was harder than they thought. They can’t see the distant shore anymore, and they wonder if their paddling is moving them forward. None of the trees ahead are getting bigger. They take it out on their spouses, and they go looking for an easier story.”

“You can’t go on without a story any longer than you can read a book about nothing.”

“But it’s like I said before, about writers not really wanting to write. We have to force ourselves to create theses scenes.”

“A good storyteller doesn’t just tell a better story, though. He invites other people into the story with him, giving them a better story too.”

“Great stories give life to greater stories. Here’s to the hope the next one is yours.”

Writing:

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— J. R. R. Tolkien

“If it’s good, you let the story tell itself. You don’t control the story.”
— Louise Erdich

“If I fall asleep with a pen in my hands, don’t remove it–I might be writing in my dreams.”
— Danzac Pace

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure is why he does it.”
— Roald Dahl

“What a writer has to do is write what hasn’t been written before or beat dead men at what they have done.”
— Ernest Hemingway

“Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.”
— Goethe

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— Truman Capote

“Books want to be born: I never make them. They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.”
— Samuel Butler

“One cannot ‘make’ characters . . . They are found.”
— Elizabeth Bowen

“Pennames are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves.”
— C. Astrid Weber

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.”
— Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Ask any writer what would happen if they ever got the opportunity to meet one of their characters in real life. Most of the time, the results would be . . . unpleasant. As authors we aren’t very nice to our heroes.”
— Jim C. Hines

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— Katherine Anne Porter

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
— Ray Bradbury

“Publishing a novel involves three elements: a degree of talent; a lot of hard work; and a good measure of luck. The first two elements can be controlled by the author, but the third involves being in the right place at the right time and finding an editor who believes in your ability and dedication to the task at hand.”
— R. A. Salvatore

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”
— Ray Bradbury

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
— C. J. Cherryh

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― Toni Morrison

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

“You know how writers are… they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves.”
― Orson Scott Card

“We like to think about how smart we are. But I think talent as a writer is hard-wired in, it’s all there, at least the basic elements of it. You can’t change it any more than you can choose whether to be right handed or left handed.”
— Stephen King

“A writer learns more from what he writes than the readers, and often applies the perspectives after the book is written. We’re a deprave group in that way.”
— Donald Miller, To Own a Dragon: Reflections On Growing Up Without a Father962e42a3b9aae52b21a418eb0d5d4370