Follow Your Dreams

“Love never fails; character never quits; and with patience and persistence; dreams do come true.”

Pete Maravich

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genus will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of unrewarded derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Always chase your dreams instead of running from your fears.”

Author Unknown

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.”

George Lucas

“Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it.”

Author Unknown

“Success starts with a dream, a thought; but that’s only the first step. Writing it down is the second step. Doing specific things to bring it about is the third step.”

Author Unknown

“Keep away from people who belittle your dreams. Small people always do that. But the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.”

Mark Twain

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Claus. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?”

Jon Bon Jovi

How To Overcome Your Short Comings

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

Og Mandino

“The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.”

Dr. Joyce Brothers

“So long as there is a breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success. If I persist long enough I will win.”

Og Mandino

“Yes you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible.”

Robert Schuller

“People can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.”

Samuel Goldwyn

“Some men succeed because they are destined to, but most men succeed because they are determined to.”

Greame Clegg

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”

Dale Carnegie

The Courage To Push On

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death.”

Betty Bender

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

“Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.”

John Wayne


“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.”

Bonnie Friedman

“If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come to you. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.”

Louis L’Amour

“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth. Without pity, and destroy most of it.”


“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

“To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.”

Anne Rice

“Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.”

William Zinsser

“The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.”

Raymond Chandler

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”

Ray Bradbury

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

Ernest Hemingway

“What I like in a good writer isn’t what they say, but what they whisper.”

Logan Pearsall Smith

“But for any writer worthy of the name there are moments during the writing process, when the rest of the world goes to Venus. And those moments aren’t for sale.”

Author Unknown

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, to hell with you.”

Saul Bellows

“An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.”

Francois Rene De Chateaubriand

Just For Laughs

“People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”

Stephen King

“Writers aren’t exactly people, they’re a whole lot of people trying to be one person.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The most essential gift for a writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writers radar and all great writers have had it.”

Ernest Hemingway

“My own experience is once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying…one must ruthlessly suppress everything that is not concerned with the subject. If, in the first chapter, you say there is a gun hanging on the wall, you should make quite sure that it is going to be used further on in the story.”

Anton Checkhov

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

Robert Benchley

“Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.”

John Osborne

“Writers are a little below the clowns and a little above the trained seals.”

John Steinbeck

“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning; I wanted to know what I was going to say.”

Sharon O’Brian

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and the so pretty much the same thing.”

Alfred Krazin

“Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics of the chips that were left.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I hope you enjoyed these inspirational quotes as much as I did. It’s nice to get a little boost in trying times. All writers go through tough times, as you could see from some of the very big author’s quotes. Keep your heads up and believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?

Happy reading and writing.

Tabitha Blake