Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Favorite Quotes About Writing, Books and More

In working with Chicken Soup for the Soul for twelve years now, I’ve found that one of the most popular features of our books is the inspirational quote that adorns every story and chapter. I have a lot of fun digging up just the right quote to illustrate the theme of each story, as well as reading those that have been selected by other writers. The quotes below have always resonated with me as a writer and express what I feel more eloquently than I can.

A woman’s destiny, they say, is not fulfilled until she holds in her arms her own little book.
—Caroline Mytinger, Headhunting in the Solomon Islands

I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.
—Mary Flannery O’Connor

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
—Kathleen Norris

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
—Robertson Davies

Here are a couple of quotes about life that I love…

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
―Erma Bombeck

The truth of the matter is that anyone at all out of the ordinary has always a rather lonely life.
—Flora Thompson

And I just thought this line from author Richard Peck was a brilliant way to describe why I’m not a “morning person”:

He wasn’t a morning kind of guy, even with a full night’s sleep. He had a problem with that quick shift from dreams to the truth.
―Richard Peck, Past Perfect, Present Tense (“The Kiss in the Carry-on Bag”)

What quotes inspire your writing or your life? Please comment below!


  1. Thank you, Susan, for sharing these quotes. Here's my favorite from Maya Angelou's New Directions: "She had indeed stepped from the road which seemed to have been chosen for her and cut herself a brand new path."

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  2. Love these! The Richard Peck quote is amazing. I too have a problem with that in the morning :)


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