Quotes About Writing

(One of the things I do to have fun and stay positive is write. That’s one reason why I created this blog. For anyone else who shares this interest, enjoy these fabulous and sagacious quotes about writing.)

These are a few of my favorite quotes about writing. Some are remarkably simple and clear. Others have hidden meaning that you only understand after you have done some writing. Pay particular attention to the first five.

  • “The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.”
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
    Stephen King
  • Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.”
    John Ruskin
  • “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
    Edwin Schlossberg
  • “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
    George Orwell
  • “I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
    Blaise Pascal
  • “About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.”
    Josh Billings
  • “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’”
    Jef Mallett
  • “If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what you’re doing, or it comes out flat. You can’t fake your way through this.”
    Real Live Preacher
  • “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
    Stephen King
  • “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
    Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
    C. S. Lewis
  • “This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s only read two.”
    George Burns

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