Quotes on Choosing to be a Writer

Every now and then I get discouraged (and frightened) about the choice I’ve made to persue my writing. So, in an effort to make myself feel better about it, I scan through the internet to read inspiring quotes that other writers have made. I thought it would be fun to list some of the ones that have helped me the most. Of course, if you’re having the same trouble, I hope they help you too.

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. – George Orwell

Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then have to ask them to leave. – Marc Lawrence

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

A writer is working when he’s staring out of the window. – Burton Rascoe

There’s no comparison between what’s lost by not trying and what’s lost by not succeeding. – Francis Bacon

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – André Gide

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. – Sydney Smith

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it. – Leo Rosten

Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves? – Friedrich Nietzsche

Writing is its own reward. – Henry Miller

Yeah, I think these will keep me going for a while. 🙂

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