Quotes for Writers

Posted by Nightingale | 10:25 AM | , , | 7 comments »

You must often make erasures if you mean to write what is worthy of being read a second time; and don't labor for the admiration of the crowd, but be content with a few choice readers.
Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.


  1. Mary Ricksen // March 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

    Quotes, why can't I write one?

  2. SherryGLoag // March 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM  

    Love the quotes, thankfully, I don't have to resort to chopping wood!! LOL

  3. Josie // March 2, 2012 at 12:59 PM  

    Love the Benjamin Franklin quote. Thanks.

  4. Judy // March 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM  

    I always like reading these, Linda. It sorta makes it seems as if I'm not crazy! LOL

  5. Beth Trissel // March 4, 2012 at 8:24 AM  

    I love these quotes, Linda.

  6. Mona Risk // March 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM  

    Here isa good one:
    The novel is an event in consciousness. Our aim isn't to copy actuality, but to modify and recreate our sense of it. The novelist is inviting the reader to watch a performance in his own brain~George Buchanan

  7. Mary Marvella // March 7, 2012 at 12:50 AM  

    Quotes, I never remember 'em. Great offering, Linda.