“Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all.” – Charles Bukowski


“The future ain’t what it used to be.” – Yogi Berra


“I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon … if I can.
I seek opportunity … not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
Humbled and dulled by having the State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk,
To dream and to build. To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense


“There are no other cases. This is the case. ” – Paul Newman, The Verdict


“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” – Lewis Cass


“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.” – Henry David Thoreau


“What one man can do, another can do.” – Anthony Hopkins, The Edge


“Sometimes I think it’s a sin, when I feel like I’m winnin’ when I’m losin’ again.” – Gordon Lightfoot


“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” – Buddha


“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”  – Henry David Thoreau


“Never say no to yourself, make them say no to you.” – Chris Matthews


“The man who has done his best has done everything.” – Charles M. Schwab


“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .” ― Ray Bradbury


“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary


“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my books have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.” – Alberto Manguel


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle


“Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.” – Tom Clancy


“Books aren’t written — they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.” – Michael Crichton


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison


“Leap and the net will appear.” – Lao Tze


“If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.” – Nelson Mandela


“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien


“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal


“That’s the difference between a champ and a knife thrower. The champ may have lost his stuff temporarily or permanently, he can’t be sure. But when he can no longer throw the high hard one, he throws his heart instead. He throws something. He doesn’t just walk off the mound and weep.” – Raymond Chandler


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” – Albert Einstein


“To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle” – Walt Whitman


“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams


“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.” – Jack London


“Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives.” – James Joyce


“When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky


“It is never to late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


“Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” – Albert Camus


“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.” – Vince Lombardi


“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot


“Writers will happen in the best of families.” – Rita Mae Brown


“Change everything, except your loves.” – Voltaire

“A tale may not display a great deal of structural, psychological, or narrative sophistication, though it might possess all three, but it seldom takes its eye off its primary goal, the creation of a particular emotional state in its reader. Depending on the tale, that state could be wonder, amazement, shock, terror, anger, anxiety, melancholia, or the momentary frisson of horror.” – Peter Straub


“Two things make a story. The net and the air that falls through the net.” – Pablo Neruda


“Today isn’t any other day, you know.” – Lewis Carroll


“We are the Dead.

Short days ago,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.” – John McCrae


“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Margaret Drabble


“Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald


“Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’, has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.” – Ursala K. LeGuin


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.


“Anyone can become a writer. The trick is staying a writer.” – Harlin Ellison


“Only in man’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.” – Joseph Conrad


“It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader’s spine—the source of artistic delight, as Nabokov would have it. That’s the kind of writing that most interests me.” – Raymond Carver


“All the leisure which his school life left him was passed in the company of subversive writers whose jibes and violence of speech set up a ferment in his brain before they passed out of it into his crude writings.” – James Joyce


“A true writer is someone the gods have called to the task.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


“I see things, that’s all. Write enough stories and every shadow on the floor looks like a footprint; every line in the dirt like a secret message.” – Stephen King


“Writing is a dog’s life, but the only one worth living.” – Gustave Flaubert


“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge


“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov


“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” – Robert Benchley


“Death steals everything except our stories.” – Jim Harrison


“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.”  – William Wordsworth


“A writer lives, at best, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or the evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. To transmit that feeling, he writes.” – William Sansom


“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Earnest Hemingway


“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” – Franz Kafka


“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavour.” – Henry David Thoreau