25 Inspirational Quotes for Authors

Sometimes authors need a little inspiration, that’s why I have gathered some of the most popular inspirational quotes and made this list.

  1. Richard Bach “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit!”richard bach quote 1

2. Ray Bradbury “And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.”

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3. Leo Tolstoy “The best stories don’t come from ‘Good vs. Bad’ but ‘Good vs. Good’.”

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

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5. Ray Bradbury “Dont talk about it; Write.”ray bradbury quote 2


6. Joss Whedon “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”joss whedon quote 1


7. Margaret Atwood “If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.”

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8. Truman Capote “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.”

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9. Samuel Johnson “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”

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10. Vladimir Nabokov “The pages are still blank but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.”

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11. Maya Angelou “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

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12. Benjamin Franklin “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

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13. Ernest Hemingway “The first draft of anything is shit!”

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14. Ernest Gaines “The six golden rules of writing. Read, read, read, and write, write, write.”

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15. William Styron “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”

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16. Buffy Andrews “Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric.”

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17. Gustave Flaubert “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

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18. Thomas Mann “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

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19. Harper Lee “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career, that before developing his talent, he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

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20. E.L. Doctorow “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining but the feeling of being rained upon.”

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21. Jules Renard “Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.”

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22. Sylvia Plath “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

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23. Cyril Connolly “Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”

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24. Jack London “Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”

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25. Tobias Wolff “A true piece of writing is a dangerous thing, it can change your life.”

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Moral of this post is that every writer has days when they just need a little inspiration to help get the juices flowing and keep on keeping on!

Do you have any favorite inspirational quotes? Leave them in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow my blog and sign up for my mailing list for more great content.



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