Who doesn’t love a great quote?
Quotes are a quick way to not only motivate yourself to write, but the best ones seem to get to the truth in as few words as possible. Below is a short list of some of my favorites:
“The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
–Gary Player, golfer
“Patience is not a virtue but a technique.”
–Megan Marshal, 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner of Margaret Fuller: A New American
I always wait for inspiration to write. It arrives every morning at 9 a.m.
Art is not thinking something up; it is the opposite—getting something down.
You can’t use up creativity. Them more you use, the more you have.
If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, but a waiter.
It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
–Paul “Bear” Bryant (winningest college footbal coach)
The manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it “to the editor who can appreciate my work,” and it has simply come back stamped, “not at this address.” Just keep looking for the right address.
Miracles come after a lot of hard work.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
–Victor Havel, Former Czech President