Quotes


“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
-Galileo Galilei


 “Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.”
– Joshua Wolf Shenk

“Your head is a living forest full of songbirds.”
– E.E Cummings

“Keep some room in your head for the unimaginable.”
-Mary Oliver



“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
– Joseph Chilton Pearce


“Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff- like, jump-up-and-down-in-your-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff’ which is not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.'”

-John Green


“The Earth laughs in flowers.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
-Anais Nin

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.”
Robert Cormier

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”


-E.L. Doctorow


“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
-Saul Bellow

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
-Neil Gaiman

“A good story can take you on a fantastic adventure.”
-Walt Disney


“Stories we like best so live in us forever.”
-J.K. Rowling


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