How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. —George Washington Carver
The above is my favorite quote and the underlying driver of my life. I was prepared to write a post about George Washington Carver (one of my favorite historical figures), but then started looking for quotes about writing.
These are don’t-miss wit and wisdom:
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost
I remember reading an article, years ago, about J. K. Rowling. She’d just written the scene of (SPOILER if you’ve not read Harry Potter) Dumbledore’s demise, and described the pain, sadness and tears. I couldn’t find the interview (just looked) but someone asked why she didn’t just rewrite the story line, and she said something like, “I can’t. He’s already dead.” At the time, I thought, “You’re crazy, lady. You’re the author.” And then I started writing. Ah.
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
― Mark Twain,
Mark Twain is arguably one of the best writers in history. He gives us a window to the soul of the world during a time of enlightenment and ignorance. His wisdom is great; his words still make me laugh aloud. Like this one:
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
― Mark Twain
I plan to try this if I ever submit a manuscript.
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
Tesseract. That is all.
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow
This one is a favorite, because it’s true. Of the stories I’ve written, the best were penned (or tapped, as the case may be) after midnight. Which leads me to
“Nothing good ever happens after midnight.” —my mother
She was right, as far as dating life. In college, I went on (the only) blind date and stayed up in the lobby talking (yes, just talking) until almost 4 am. He was great. When I stood, with regret, to head to my dorm, he asked, “no kiss goodnight?” His tone gave me pause, and I said something along the lines of “not on your life; we just met.” The next day, I saw him with friends, and he looked straight through me. This was the day I realized my mom might know some stuff.
Her quote, however, is not true of writing. All the best writing happens after midnight.
And luckily, now I’m married and don’t have to worry about dating anyone but Hubby.
But if you have teens, feel free to quote my mom.
Quotes pulled from Goodreads.com