Written Sayings and Quotes

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


Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.     

Jules Renard

The picture alone, without the written word, leaves half the story untold.     

James Lafferty

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.     

Mark Twain

Writing is a delicious agony.     

Gwendolyn Brooks

Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.     

Abraham Lincoln

There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; never to tell even that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary and that God is listening while you tell it.     

Henry Van Dyke

Writing is a mysterious activity.     

Susan Sontag

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

Toni Morrison

Writing is like breathing, it's possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.     

Julia Cameron

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.     

Eudora Welty

Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things thoughts, ideas, opinions.     

Paulo Coelho

Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.     

Stephen Spender

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.     

Virginia Woolf

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.     

Walter Bagehot

Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people's children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it.     

Erma Bombeck

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.     

Jorge Luis Borges

A well written life is almost as rare as a well spent one.     

Thomas Carlyle

A dream doesn't become a goal until it is written.     

Edwin Louis Cole

A composer knows that music is written by human beings for human beings and that music is a continuation of life, not something separated from it.     

Hanns Eisler

It is only what is written upon the soul of man that will survive the wreck of time.     

Francis J. Grimke

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.     

Vladimir Nabokov

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.     

Brian Tracy

Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.     

Alan Moore

Poetry can be written only because it has been written.     

Wendell Berry

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.     

Richard Harding Davis

It must essentially remain a novel of adolescence written by a retarded adolescent.     

John Fowles

Everything written is as good as it is dramatic. It need not declare itself in form, but it is drama or nothing.     

Robert Frost

A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.     

Robert Graves