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208 thoughts on “Quotes

  1. I love all of these!!! My favorite quote is not one here but is by Mark Twain, “Those who won’t read have no advantage over those who can’t.”

  2. I am in love with figment right now. They should do this more often! Especially love the one about dragons by g.K. Chesterton.

  3. the newer ones (at the top) have lots of typos…it kind of detracts from the message
    otherwise, these are absolutely beautiful and touching and i LOVE LOVE LOVE them to death

  4. I saw a few of these on Facebook. But my absolute favorite has to be “there is nothing to writing all you do is sit down at a type writer and bleed.” it probably would have been the dragon one if I hadn’t already seen it.

  5. I am a quote fanatic. I collect quotes, and then make them into art for my room. I’m going crazy with all these inspiring words!

  6. That amazing moment when you realize that John Green was tossed onto the Greats pile. *points to banner ad* Guys. Guys. Also,


  7. All of these quotes are great in there own way. It always amazes me that by reading a few quotes from great writers past and present it lifts my spirit and sends me to my laptop to write.

  8. These inspirational human beings make me weep with joy. They feel like me. They felt like me. These legends, these heroes, these doyens of literature…. how wonderful to have them speak to me like this. I feel them prodding me on the back, shoving a sharpened pencil in my hand, grabbing my cigarette and throwing it aside and spitting out the dambed, beautiful words: “Write woman! Write! Don’t get it right – just get it written!!”

  9. I noticed you’ve forgotten two of the greatest philosophers and writers ever to have lived.
    A. A. Milne and Dr. Seuss. So let me include them for you.

    “Ideas may drift into other minds, but they do not drift my way. I have to go and fetch them. I know no work manual or mental to equal the appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.”
    ~ A. A. Milne.

    β€œWriting simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…. Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.”
    ~ Dr. Seuss.

    Keep the magic alive, Loves. <3

    • The A.A. Milne one is soo applicable; not only in writing, but in writing scripts for my Advanced Drama class. I suck at brainstorming ideas. πŸ™

  10. “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” is a Toni Morrison quote, not Maya Angelou.

  11. Oh my gosh I am completely inspired now. Some of these are going on my wall so whenever i feel discouraged I can look up and there they will be.

  12. I have some more quotes

    “Shoot for the moon. Even when you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
    “When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘One word at a time.’

  13. My favourite is the last one. I feel that way all the time, and im sad that not many people in my family like to read as much as me, so they’ll never know what an amazing book I just read. My own descriptions of books are never actually worthy compared to what reading them feels like.

    • YES!!! I force my friends–absolutely force them–to read a book, and rarely are they disappointed. But they never fail to distrust my judgment the next time. Just trust me! The books I beg you to read are AMAZING!

  14. Well, I loved all these. So.. inspiriting. But my all time favorite quote has to be “The road to hell is paved with adverbs,” By Stephen King,in Memoirs of The Craft. He’s an amazing writer!

  15. The one at the top…oh it just makes me love what I do x3
    “I write to give muself strength
    I write to be characters I am not.
    I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of”
    -Joss Whedon

  16. I love all of these. One of my favorite quotes is
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them” -Lemony Snicket

  17. My fave was the one that said: Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.
    So poetic. πŸ™‚

  18. All of those quotes above: SSSOOOOOOOO TRUE!!!!
    All of the other quotes out there: True, but not fit for Figment’s awesomeness and their TOTALLY AWESOME creators of this website!

  19. I didn’t understand the one about the broken glass when I first read it a few years ago when I first transferred to figment from inkpop… Now I do. I just remember that quote when I’m writing and it helps my writing become a picture in my mind instead of a list of events. Thanks figment and creative writing class β™₯β™₯β™₯

    • There was also another one I saw that ended up being my yearbook quote. It isn’t here, and it’s not super inspiring or anything but it’s great. “When something in your life goes wrong just yell ‘PLOT TWIST’ and move on.”

  20. I think my Creative Writing professor would especially love the Chekhov quote: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    That’s how I try to approach my writing because we are after all trying to put an image, whether it is through a character’s dialogue or what the character’s world is because no one has achieved the ability to translate the writer’s images to the reader. That’s what writing is for.

  21. This quotes can’t strike me speechless (nothing can), though these are really helpful. I’ve already know the ones like, “don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass.” And such. Wow! Please add more!!! A definite wisdom-I mean, these quotes really help with writing! Who wants to read these all, and maybe over and over again, till they’ve memorized most if them, or all, and write until their fingers fall off? (Well, probably not the fingers falling off part.) But then anyways, these sayings really help.
    “Writing isn’t just for fun; it reveals the inner heart.” Well, I guess I’ve made that up myself *sheepish* But then…if you could, I’d give all these a thumbs-up! “Advice from a living flash-and-bone author may be the best advice of all.” πŸ˜‰

  22. “We read to know that we are not alone.” It’s so true. Well, actually all of them are very, very true. “There is nothing to write. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” They have put words to things I have never been able to explain myself.

  23. I only needed to read the first two lines of the fifth quote before (almost) yelling out “Joss Whedon!!” The third and fifth last ones are very inspirational, too.

  24. AWESOME! So true!
    Sometimes I can’t even look at a blank page without wanting to write on it. When I see the empty lines I just want to fill them with words. A couple of days ago I picked up an empty composition book that is supposed to used for school and it was all I could do to keep from flipping the pages open and writing in it. I used to have a teacher that told me never to let a black page scream at you. Well, they do scream at me, but they don’t scream that I have nothing to say, they scream because I have so many different things to say I can’t pick one.

  25. “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” That quote really speaks to me πŸ˜€

    My favorite quote isn’t up here, but that quote is probably close to being my favorite

  26. These quotes EXPLODED with thought and ideas. Each one basically tell you that you can do this and to believe that you can do it. its telling you you cant do it until you try. :3

  27. When it said create your own word art for your favorite quote, I actually thought we were creating word art so why am I confused???

  28. The one “There are three rules to writing a novel:
    … Unfortunately, no one knows what they are” (W. Somerset Waugham) was my favorite because it’s so accurate. Or maybe the TFiOS one.

  29. The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.
    -JK Rowling

  30. “words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting harm, and remedying it.” -albus dumbledore.

  31. My quote:
    “Writing is the best way to murder people; you don’t get convicted for killing off main characters.”

  32. “How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive? How do you write like you need it to survive? How do you write every second you’re alive? Every second you’re alive?” -Hamilton

    “Don’t talk about courage; walk calmly through a thunderstorm and utter the words ‘Strike me down.'” -Anonymous

    “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

  33. “Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.”

    Rod Serling (creator of “The Twilight Zone”)

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