Thursday, May 17, 2012

15 Quotes About Writing

The act of writing serves purposes that range from sharing information to artistic expression, exposing injustices to perpetuating lies and more. Whether the final result is a novel, poem, journalistic article or even online marketing content, written word can be valuable, worthless, healing, poisonous, placating, taunting, all of the above, none of the above and an infinite combinations of other adjectives and descriptive phrases.

At the same time, without written works, valuable information, historical events, incredible stories and other knowledge of the past would be lost to time. Without writing – and reading – there would be so much we wouldn’t know that our current lives and lifestyle would likely not exist. In this post, read fifteen quotes describing this incredibly overlooked, everyday art form.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~ Ben Franklin

“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~ William Wordsworth

“Writing is a struggle against silence.” ~ Carlos Fuentes

“The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.” ~ Hart Crane

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~ Mark Twain

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

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

“A man will turn over half a library to make one book.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“Writing is both mask and unveiling.” ~ E.B. White

Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“I love being a writer.  What I can't stand is the paperwork.” ~ Peter De Vries

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No comments:

Post a Comment