All writers need to read great authors. We read them for inspiration, we read them to be exposed to great work and we read them to simply escape our own mental lives.
Along the way, we pick up nuggets of wisdom from the great writers we admire. Here are my very own – hand picked – freshly squeezed – top 11 quotes I grabbed along the way from my 11 favourite authors. Enjoy and please reply to this post with your ver own favourite quotes!
1. Maya Angelou.
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
2. Angela Carter.
“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”
3. Robert McKee.
“A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.”
4. David Sedaris.
“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.”
5. G.K. Chesterton.
“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
6. Chuck Palahniuk.
“A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.”
7. Tom Bissell.
“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.”
8. Stephen King.
“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.”
9. Franz Kafka.
“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”
10. Marcus Tullius Cicero.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
11. Margaret Atwood.
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
Well there you have it! My favourite quotes!
What about your favourite author? How has your favourite author inspired or enriched you along the way? Let us know, we want your insights!
Written By: Julia Matthew
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