A Quote by Suheir Hammad on writing, power, and intention

Writing must always have intention because words have power.

Suheir Hammad

Contributed by: Kyo

A Quote by Homer Simpson on truth, fiction, writing, and the simpsons

"I'm not lying, I'm writing fiction with my mouth."

Homer Simpson

Source: The Simpsons

Contributed by: Cangi

A Quote by Hermann Hesse on hesse, reading, writing, books, consciousness, and history

"For even the most childish intoxication with progress will soon be forced to recognize that writing and books have a function that is eternal. It will become evident that formulations in words and the handling on of these formulations through writing are not only important aids but actually the only means by which humanity can have a history and continuing consciousness of itself." (Hesse in Reading in Bed, ed. by Steven Gilbar, 1974)

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Gilbar, Steven: "Reading in Bed"

Contributed by: jaBuddha

A Quote by unknown on writing, knowledge, and inspiration

By the power of the written word, [my task is]...above all, to make you see.


Contributed by: Soul Adventurer

A Quote by David Foster Wallace on writing, speeches, and etc

It's the familiar love-hate syndrome of seduction: "I don't really care what it is I say, I care only that you like it"

David Foster Wallace

Contributed by: Slicing

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on knowlege, life, and writing

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Contributed by: laurel

A Quote by Frank Cotolo on writing


One never knows, one just endures, keeps the faith, burrows through the muck and tries to appreciate every sunset. And, if one must, one writes.

Frank Cotolo

Contributed by: Barbara

A Quote by Gloria Steinem on writing


"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. "

Gloria Steinem (1934 -)

Contributed by: Harmony

A Quote by Madeleine L'Engle on discipline, writing, inspire, inspiration, prayer, pray, listen, and listening

It isn't easy, it does take an incredible amount of discipline, you don't just write just when you feel like it or you're not going to build up much of a body of work. Inspiration comes to you while you're writing rather than before....For me the discipline of writing and the discipline of prayer are identical, in that I have to let myself be got out of the way because that's not a do-it-yourself activity, and listen....When you write, don't think, write. You think before, you think after, you don't think during. When I'm praying, when I'm truly praying, I'm not thinking, I'm not speaking, I'm shutting up, so perhaps if God has something to say I can hear it. So writing too is an act of listening, listening to what has to be said.

Madeleine L'Engle

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on writing


Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Contributed by: Jordan

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