Writing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old writing quotes, writing sayings, and writing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.     

Harold Acton

People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.     

Harlan Ellison

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.     

Norbet Platt

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.     

Mark Twain

I don't know where the idea originated that memoir writing is cathartic. For me, it's always felt like playing my own neurosurgeon, sans anesthesia. As a memoirist, you have to crack your head open and examine every uncomfortable thing in there.     

Koren Zailckas

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.     

Louis L'Amour

Be ruthless about protecting writing days, do not cave in to endless requests to have essential and long overdue meetings on those days.     

J. K. Rowling

Writing is a delicious agony.

Gwendolyn Brooks

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.     

Sylvia Plath

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.

Anaïs Nin

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.     

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.     

Toni Morrison

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.     

Russell Baker

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

Isaac Asimov

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Robert Frost

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury