60 Motivational Quotes By Famous Authors On Success

When a book is written it takes lots of imagination, experience to complete an interesting story. Storytelling is the art that few of us possess. I hope you will like this collection of quotes by famous authors about love, life, writing, reading, education, and friendship.

Best Quotes By Famous Authors

  1. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” – Madeleine L’Engle
  2. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
  3. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaïs Nin, Quotes by famous authors about writing
  4. “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” – Mark Twain
  5. everything is hard
  6. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”- Toni Morrison
  7. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

  8. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
  9. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” – Saul Bellow
  10. it mattered
  11. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost
  12. “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau

  13. “Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” – William Faulkner, Quotes by famous authors about reading
  14. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
  15. “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” – Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  16. some of us think
  17. “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades
  18. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank

  19. “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr., A Man Without a Country
  20. “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” – Franz Kafka
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  22. “I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. “You can make anything by writing.” – C.S. Lewis

  24. “A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood
  25. “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho
  26. “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
  27. challenges make life
  28. “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” – Virginia Woolf, Quotes by famous authors about love
  29. “To survive, you must tell stories.” – Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before
  30. “Always be a poet, even in prose.” – Charles Baudelaire

  31. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” – Isaac Asimov
  32. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus
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  34. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck
  35. “I write to discover what I know.” – Flannery O’Connor

  36. “A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time–proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan
  37. “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.” – Hermann Hesse
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  39. “Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.” – Norman Mailer
  40. “Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. “As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” – Ernest Hemingway

  42. “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Quotes by famous authors about friendship
  43. “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” – Thomas Jefferson
  44. when you cant
  45. “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.” – Elmore Leonard
  46. “Writers live twice.” – Natalie Goldberg

  47. “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” – Herman Melville
  48. “Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.” – Ayn Rand
  49. “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
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  51. “Writing is its own reward.” – Henry Miller
  52. “A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” – Sidney Sheldon
  53. “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.” – Erica Jong
  54. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams
  55. “Half my life is an act of revision.” – John Irving
  56. life is tough
  57. “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner, Quotes by famous authors on success
  58. “Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.” – A. A. Milne
  59. “If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.” – Somerset Maugham
  60. “If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.” – David Brin

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