10 Inspirational Quotes on Writing by Great Authors

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“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ― C.S. Lewis

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” ― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” ― Graham Greene, Ways Of Escape

“Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” ― Flannery O’Connor

“If you’re going to have a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterwards.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.” ― James Joyce

“No one will write books once they reach heaven, but there is an excellent library, containing all the books written up to date, including all the lost books and the ones that the authors burned when they came back from the last publisher.” ― Evelyn Waugh

“Great stories give us the grace of a mystical experience, on the level of the imagination.” ― Peter Kreeft, The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings

“Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.” ― Walker Percy

Do you have a favorite quote about writing? 

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