2o Book Quotes to Manifest Your Writing Goals into Reality

January 18, 2024

Authors from all walks of life create literature to demonstrate one of the purest forms of magic and truth to the readers: a reflection of their souls that can only be explained on paper without needing to filter out what they mean to be more palatable. In celebration of San Diego Writers, Ink’s 20th Anniversary, let’s highlight 20 inspiring book quotes from authors that new writers should remember when writing. 



  1. “True literature can exist only where it is created, not by diligent and trustworthy functionaries, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and skeptics.”Yevgeny Zamyatin, A Soviet Heretic: Essays
  2. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  3. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
  4. “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts
  5. “Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair
  6. “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You can be successful
  7. “But there’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.”Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
  8. “Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  9. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  10. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You
  11. “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”― William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts
  12. “Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light.” ― Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993
  13.  “It is a writer’s greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of his books.”― Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
  14. “I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.” ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  15. “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”― Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
  16. “I am writing because they told me to never start a sentence with because. But I wasn’t trying to make a sentence—I was trying to break free. Because freedom, I am told, is nothing but the distance between the hunter and its prey.”― Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
  17. “The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.”― W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
  18. “Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things―childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves―that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.” ― Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
  19. “Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.”― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
  20. “Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”― Octavia Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories


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