Inspirational Quotes for Writers By Writers


Sometimes writers need inspiration. Here’s a list of our favorite writing quotes to help.

  • “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” —Philip Roth
  • “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway
  • “I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” —Tom Clancy
  • “Writers live twice.” —Natalie Goldberg
  • “Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover?” —Stevie Nicks
  • “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” —Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away.” —Doris Lessing
  • “If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That’s enough.” —Shel Silverstein
  • “Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.” —Henry David Thoreau