"Favourite quotes for writers and readers" by Rebecca Berto



Favourite quotes for writers and readers

Posted on July 14, 2012


Sometimes a good quote is all I need to cure Writer’s Block (known illness). Sometimes a good quote warms me up like hot soup in the middle of winter.

Not all the following were directed for writers — though a lot are — but they relate to our lifestyle. How we dream, live, think: stories, literature, books. I’ve pulled these from Twitter (as marked by the @ mention name), some from Goodreads and some that I found elsewhere on blogs. Read and enjoy!

Falling in love = The Notebook. Yes!

Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters: What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

Rebecca Berto (mee!) @rebeccaberto: First drafts are like falling in love; you think everything is great. Second drafts are like marriage; you see all the faults.

Jon Winokur @AdviceToWriters: Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff clears the way for good. JENNIFER EGAN

J.W. Alden @AuthorAlden: Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory. — Bruce Lee

Dr. Seuss: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Robert Frost: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

You’ll never know if you can make it if you don’t try.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.P.S. I Love You: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

George Orwell: If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

G.K. Chesterton: “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” [Check out my post on fairy tale motifs and themes.]


Pleeease comment with your favourite quotes. They can be for writers, for inspiration, for life, books … anything for readers, writers or books.

What’s yours?