Encouraging Quotes

One book about writing and creativity I enjoyed was Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott. Beyond the advice and exploration written by the authors, the chapters were furnished with a multitude of quotes. I’ve chosen some of the ones I found particularly inspiring or interesting, and I’m posting them here.

“The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: it is work” – William Weld

“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older” – Larry McMurtry

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually to be fearing you will make one” – Elbert Hubbard

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do” – Bob Dylan

“Goals are dreams with deadlines” – Diana Scharf Hunt

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert H. Schuller

“Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’re getting” – Anonymous

“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing” – Eva Young

“We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do” – Ethel Barrett

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford

“He said, ‘My God, it’s amazing and marvelous how you walk with all those hundreds and hundreds of legs. How do you do it? How do you get them all moving that way?’ The centipede stopped and thought and said, ‘Well, I take the left front leg and then I’—and he thought about it for a while and he couldn’t walk” – Edward Albee

“I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I’ll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complains from the other side”—Audre Lorde

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you’re doomed if you don’t try” – Beverly Sills

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas A. Edison

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well” – Diane Ackerman

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About J. Sevick

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