Monday, November 29, 2010

Some Words of Inspiration for Writers (and others)

These keep us going:

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso

"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." – Confucius

"You have seen, but you have not observed." - Sherlock Holmes

So all I can say is patience is the art of concealing your impatience, and, as always: "If you drop a dream, it breaks." – Denise Dietz

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This one speaks to me, loudly:

"I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now -- only the place where the books are kept." -John Steinbeck

A comment that seems to pertain to the publishing industry lately:

"Change is a dragon. You can ignore it, which is futile. You can fight it,
in which case you will lose. Or you can ride it.” -- Arianne Wing on the
closing of the world-famous Imperial Dynasty restaurant in Hanford, CA;
quoted in The Hanford Sentinel, Dec. 17, 2005.

And lastly, something to think about from the world of dance:

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” -Martha Graham

What's your favorite quote? Do you have one that keeps you going?


  1. "I have a "call" to literature, of a low order--ie humorous. It is nothing to be proud of, but it is my strongest suit . . . seriously scribbling to excite the laughter of God's creatures.
    Samuel Clemens

  2. I love that one, since he's one of my writing heroes. Thanks, Kath!

  3. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." THE ALCHEMIST, Paulo Coelho

    Not sure it's true, but I hope it is. :)

  4. It's at least beautifully put, VR. Thanks!

  5. "There's a fine line between stupid and clever."--Spinal Tap

    That's the one that keeps me grounded when I'm editing.

  6. Uh oh. I'd better watch it when I think I'm being clever. Thanks, Mary Ann. Spinal Tap--love it!

  7. What a great idea for a blog post Kaye! And I love the Spinal Tap quote!

  8. Thanks, Doug, but where's your quote???