I used to write speeches. I would pour through books – what we call original sources – for hours looking for just the right quote. If I found one, it could set up the whole speech.
Then a friend gave me a book of memorable quotes. Unfortunately, many of them – from Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Albert Einstein - were either inappropriate for the topic or else overused.
And then. The Internet. All I had to do was plug in – quotes about change – and thousands would appear. Later we all learned not all of them were what they appeared to be. It got to the point where you could make up something, attribute it to Albert Einstein or Kurt Vonnegut, and no one questioned it.
As with almost everything – inspiring quotes have become way overdone.
I politely delete when anyone sends or posts something inspiring about empowerment, success, following dreams, becoming a writer . . . the list is long.
So I was surprised this morning when I read a piece by Joe Bunting, 50+ Inspiring Quotes About Writing and Writers on The Write Practice site and found five quotes I wrote down and wanted to pass along.
Forgive me if you’re as sick of inspiring quotes as I am and don’t find these any better.
If you’ve got some you do like, please post them below.
“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Issac Asimov
“Write even when the world is chaotic.” —Cory Doctorow
“The best way to be a writer is to be a writer.” Augusten Burroghs
"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any." —Orson Scott Card
"Good books don't give up all their secrets at once." —Stephen King
What are your favorites?
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