Writer Sayings and Quotes

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


Beauty breeds beauty, truth triggers truth. The cure for writer's block is therefore to read.     

Matt Haig

For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.     

George Orwell

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

Anais Nin

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer     

Karl Kraus

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

Robert Frost

The main engagement of the writer is towards truthfulness; therefore he must keep his mind and his judgement free     

Gabrielle Roy

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.     

Allen Ginsberg

The writer is the engineer of the human soul.     

Joseph Stalin

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.     

Ray Bradbury

My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything     

Susan Sontag

The great liberty of the fictional writer is to let the imagination out of the traces and see it gallop off over the horizon.     

Will Self

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.     

Larry L. King

If I'd learned nothing else, it was this: If you want to be a great writer, be a man. If you can't be a man, write like one     

Julianna Baggott

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.     

Albert Camus

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location     

Flannery O'Connor

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.     

Charles Peguy

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

As a writer, the best mindset is to be unafraid     

Malcolm Gladwell

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.     

Muriel Rukeyser

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.     

Karl Marx

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.     

John Steinbeck

When a writer becomes a reader of his or her own work, a lot can go wrong. It's like do-it-yourself dentistry     

William Collins

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.     

Roald Dahl

One of my rules is never explain. A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane     

Laurell K. Hamilton

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.     

Ernest Hemingway

The writing career is not a romantic one. The writer's life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.     

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward     

Robert Frost

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.     

Lisa See

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.     

Franz Kafka