65 Unwritten Quotes On Success In Life

These unwritten quotes will inspire you. Unwritten not recorded in writing.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging unwritten quotes, unwritten sayings, and unwritten proverbs.

Best Unwritten Quotes

  1. “The pen is in your hands, the rest is still unwritten.” ~ Natasha Bedingfield
  2. “You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.” ~ John Perry Barlow
  3. “No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.” ~ Carrie Chapman Catt
  4. “There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if a quote giving advice comes from someone famous, very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice.” ~ Robert Foster Bennett
  5. “There’s that unwritten schism that literary writers get all the awards and commericals writers get all the success.” ~ Jodi Picoult

  6. “Today each of you is the object of the other’s reading, one reads in the other the unwritten story.” ~ Italo Calvino , Unwritten quotes story
  7. “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world.” ~ Joe Strummer
  8. “If you are a success in life, there are places you must go and pay to be humiliated. It is an unwritten law that human beings must be tormented throughout their lives in one way or another. If you are fortunate enough to have risen to a social level where no one does it to you for free, then you must pay for the service.” ~ Jonathan Carroll
  9. “There is a written and an unwritten law. The one by which we regulate our constitutions in our cities is the written law; that which arises from customs is the unwritten law.” ~ Diogenes Laertius
  10. “The future isn’t just unwritten, it’s unsearched.” ~ Bruce Sterling

  11. “Whatever hath been written shall remain,
    Nor be erased nor written o’er again;
    The unwritten only still belongs to thee:
    Take heed, and ponder well what that shall be.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  12. “Thank heaven, though, one of the few mistakes I haven’t made is to talk about the unwritten book.” ~ John le Carre
  13. “I love silent films. The future is unwritten.” ~ Jim Jarmusch
  14. “For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; and in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart.” ~ Pericles
  15. “The future’s unwritten. It’s what we make of it.” ~ Doc Brown

  16. “The unwritten rules of behaviour are infinite in number, finely shaded, and subtle to the last fraction of a degree. They are not to be broken. If broken, the rules of forgiveness leading to re-establishment are equally of air and iron. I learn these rules with rather less ease than my contemporaries because, in the back streets of my being, a duel is developing and increasing in fervour between my instinct which knows why something is so, and my hen-pecking intelligence which wishes to analyse why something is so.” ~ Hal Porter , Unwritten quotes rules
  17. “For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
  18. “I cannot too often repeat that Democracy is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonance and the many angry tempests out of which its syllables have come, from pen or tongue. It is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten because that history has yet to be enacted.” ~ Walt Whitman
  19. “For the whole earth is the tomb of famous men; not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions in their own country, but in foreign lands there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.” ~ Pericles
  20. “Until the day we die, our lives are unwritten, which is sometimes a terrifying thought.” ~ Emily Haines

  21. “When they were making black films in the ’60s and the ’70s, everyone knew their place, if you get my drift. You understand? Everyone knew the rules, and everyone knew their place. Everyone knew what to say. They had the written rules in Hollywood film, and the unwritten rules.” ~ Paul Mooney
  22. “Steiner has here transformed the vaporous conceptions of his life, the vapors of what never was and never will be, from their aeriform state to a fine and ethereal substantiality. My Unwritten Books is a gathering of shades, an elegant and eloquent gathering of mind, feeling, and autumnal passion. (…) And that is the lovely irony of this unique little book. None of these unwritten books should have been written. They are better here, as they are, untamed and errant phantoms of a brilliance whose emanations no one mortal lifetime could ever accommodate in full.” ~ Nick Tosches
  23. “I’d trapped myself in a script…. But to be scripted at all is to be prepackaged, programmed, pinned to a page. Only the unwritten can truly live a life. So who I was, what I was, had to be unwritten.” ~ David James Duncan
  24. “The difference between de jure and de facto segregation is the difference between open, forthright bigotry and the shamefaced kind that works through unwritten agreements between real estate dealers, school officials, and local politicians.” ~ Shirley Chisholm
  25. “The spiritual quality of earth: eternally pregnant and containing in its fertility the unwritten cipher of cosmic lore.” ~ Lady Frieda Harris

  26. “There’s a kind of unwritten rule: Don’t say anything at all, and everything will be fine. It’s a producer’s medium. The directors aren’t there to make any decisions. They’re not going to change anything.” ~ Robert Carlyle
  27. “One of the unwritten rules in a presidential news conference is that he’ll answer questions. If he chooses not to, there’s not much you can do about it other than make yourself look like an idiot screaming, which to me is counterproductive.” ~ Gwen Ifill
  28. “It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in ‘Timaeus’ is different from what he says in his so-called ‘unwritten teachings.'” ~ Aristotle
  29. “I calculated that if I wrote five pages a day, which seemed very doable, I would have an 1,800-page first draft when the deadline rolled around. Though completely unwritten, I was very impressed with how long my first draft would be.” ~ Michael Showalter
  30. “The unconscious is the unwritten history of mankind from time unrecorded.” ~ Carl Jung

  31. “There’s an unwritten compact between you and the reader. If someone enters a bookstore and sets down hard earned money (energy) for your book, you owe that person some entertainment and as much more as you can give.” ~ Frank Herbert
  32. “The future is unwritten. Cyberspace is the funhouse mirror of our own society, reflects our values and our faults, sometimes in terrifying exaggerations. It doesn’t matter who you are today, if you don’t show up in that mirror you are just not going to matter very much. Our kids have to show up in the mirror.” ~ Bruce Sterling
  33. “These are party-sanctioned debates. This is a presidential election, you show up at the debates. These are the rules. We have a series of unwritten rules of how campaigns are run, and everybody has followed those rules consistently over the decades. And no one has really even seriously thought about breaking them.” ~ Ryan Grim
  34. “I always want to keep things unwritten. I’m inspired by Bob Dylan, who’s kept evolving and changing his sound. I think that’s what you should do as an artist. Why be comfortable?” ~ Lykke Li
  35. “I’m a writer as rarely as possible, when forced by an idea too lovely to let die unwritten” ~ Richard Bach

  36. “I filled in for Papa Roach because we weren’t doing much. Unwritten Law had a few more shows booked, but I got the call to fill in again at the end of the year. I was like, “I have to make myself available to these guys.”” ~ Tony Palermo
  37. “I think it’s especially important for an editor to say what he’s enjoying. For a novelist to be told, midstream, what he’s doing right can actually influence the unwritten parts of a novel in a positive way – praise helps a writer know what’s good about what he’s written, what’s interesting and exciting, and what to work for in writing the conclusion.” ~ Donna Tartt
  38. “I think that you sign a sort of unwritten contract when you become a public figure, when you become an actor, that you’re sacrificing a certain amount of privacy and parts of your life change.” ~ Olivia Wilde
  39. “One of the most singular facts about the unwritten history of this country is the consummate ability with which Southern influence, Southern ideas and Southern ideals, have from the very beginning even up to the present day, dictated to and domineered over the brain and sinew of this nation.” ~ Anna Julia Cooper
  40. “…those who can bear to observe only unwritten laws-they all head for the taiga.” ~ Sylvain Tesson

  41. “… there’s a large core of powerlessness which is balanced against the unwritten contract that says that if you behave, you’ll be okay. No wonder people pay so much attention to knowing the rules, to knowing the right people, to not making waves, to never making errors — to not risking, trying, innovating.” ~ Judith M Bardwick
  42. “Those works whose ideal has not as much living reality and, as it were, personality as the beloved one or a friend had better remain unwritten. They would at least never become works of art.” ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  43. “It is contended that those who have been bred at Eton, Harrow, Rugby, and Westminster, that the public sentiment within each of those schools is high-toned and manly; that, in their playgrounds, courage is universally admired, meanness despised, manly feelings and generous conduct are encouraged: that an unwritten code of honor deals to the spoiled child of rank, and to the child of upstart wealth an even-handed justice, purges their nonsense out of both, and does all that can be done to make them gentlemen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  44. “A man of true honor protects the unwritten word which binds his conscience more scrupulously, if possible, than he does the bond a breach of which subjects him to legal liabilities, and the United States, in aiming to maintain itself as one of the most enlightened nations, would do its citizens gross injustice if it applied to its international relations any other than a high standard of honor and morality.” ~ Grover Cleveland
  45. “Some laws, though unwritten, are more firmly established than all written laws.” ~ Seneca the Younger

  46. “I’m rather relaxed about death. From quite an early age I’ve regarded it as part of the deal, the unwritten guarantee that comes with your birth certificate.” ~ Bob Monkhouse
  47. “There is no law in the world – there is no law unwritten, there’s no law on the books – that’s gonna stop a criminal from getting a gun.” ~ Rush Limbaugh
  48. “Tell my daughter Elizabeth — no! Tell all my daughters, everywhere, in all the ages yet to come. Tell them how I died, and why. And tell them to remember this: the future is unwritten. Know your rights.” ~ Philippa Gregory
  49. “All I need to understand is the unwritten law of warriors,” he said firmly. “And women and children are never sent to do our work without our protection.” He pointed to the trees, emphatically. “That’s the language I share with them.” ~ Melina Marchetta
  50. “I’m not the color of my skin. I’m a story. One with a past and a future unwritten.” ~ Heidi W. Durrow

  51. “Our lives were just beginning, our favorite moment was right now, our favorite songs were unwritten.” ~ Rob Sheffield
  52. “Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.” ~ David O. McKay
  53. “Every love relationship rests on an unwritten agreement unthinkingly concluded by the lovers in the first weeks of their love. They are still in a kind of dream but at the same time, without knowing it, are drawing up, like uncompromising lawyers, the detailed clauses of their contract. O lovers! Be careful in those dangerous first days! Once you’ve brought breakfast in bed you’ll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.” ~ Milan Kundera
  54. “Aggressive and hard-charging women violate unwritten rules about acceptable social conduct. Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty. Female accomplishments come at a cost.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg
  55. “What you have done to this point cannot be undone. What you do next… It is still unwritten.” ~ Mitch Albom

  56. “There is a place called ‘heaven’ where the good here unfinished is completed; and where the stories unwritten, and the hopes unfulfilled, are continued. We may laugh together yet.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien
  57. “To put it another way, every love relationship is based upon unwritten conventions rashly agreed upon by the lovers during the first weeks of their love. On the one hand, they are living a sort of dream; on the other, without realizing it, they are drawing up the fine print of their contracts like the most hard-nosed of lawyers. O lovers! Be wary during those perilous first days! If you serve the other party breakfast in bed, you will be obliged to continue same in perpetuity or face charges of animosity and treason!” ~ Milan Kundera
  58. “The future is unwritten. there are best case scenarios. There are worst-case scenarios. both of them are great fun to write about if you’ re a science fiction novelist, but neither of them ever happens in the real world. What happens in the real world is always a sideways-case scenario. World-changing marvels to us, are only wallpaper to our children.” ~ Bruce Sterling
  59. “And okay, fair enough, but there is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.” ~ John Green
  60. “The future is unwritten.” ~ Joe Strummer

  61. “Something about first love defies duplication. Before it, your heart is blank. Unwritten. After, the walls are left inscribed and graffitied. When it ends, no amount of scrubbing will purge the scrawled oaths and sketched images, but sooner or later, you find that there’s space for someone else, between the words and in the margins.” ~ Tammara Webber
  62. “There was, in my view, an unwritten contract with the reader that the writer must honour. No single element of an imagined world or any of its characters should be allowed to dissolve on an authorial whim. The invented had to be as solid and as self-consistent as the actual. This was a contract founded on mutual trust.” ~ Ian Mcewan
  63. “This place is full of unwritten rules.” ~ Alexander Gordon Smith

  64. “This is the real unwritten rule: You don’t want what you know you shouldn’t. And I haven’t just broken that rule. I have wrecked it, smashed it, and still… And still I want.” ~ Elizabeth Scott
  65. “Wizard’s Eleventh and Final Rule The “Rule Unspoken”, the “Rule Unwritten”, “The rule from the beginning of time.” ~ Terry Goodkind

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