Wise Words

A cornucopia of writers’ reflections to brighten your day and inspire you onward:

“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses
shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends.”
Helen Keller

“Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy;
describe Dublin as James Joyce did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her
prairie novels in New York City, Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn
in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, scholars have learned that Walt Whitman
rarely left his room.”
Annie Dillard

“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”
Pearl S. Buck

“Just now I can feel that little quivering of the pen which has always foreshadowed
the happy delivery of a good book.”
Emile Zola

“None of the writing is easy, but I no longer refuse to do it for fear that I’ll
fail to get it right. It can never be right, I know; it can only be done.”
Nancy Mairs

“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
Willa Cather

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Richard Bach

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something,
and tell what he saw in a plain way.”
John Ruskin

“I still read everything aloud. I have a fundamental conviction that if a sentence
cannot be read aloud with sincerity, conviction, and communicable emphasis,
it’s not a good sentence. Good writing requires good rhythms and good words.”
Richard Marius

“The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.”
Robert Frost

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true — hard work pays off.
If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love
something, then don’t do it.”
Ray Bradbury

May some of these thoughts give your own words wings as you write on.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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