Monday, May 09, 2011

What words keep you going?

"Never, ever give up."

"A writer writes."

"What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?"

These are some sayings that I have posted in my workspace. They inspire me, and keep me writing.

What are some of your favorite inspirational sayings?


Carla Swafford said...

Zip Ziglar had some great quotes. Considering he was a movtivator, I'm not surprised.

"You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.”

Carla Swafford said...

That's motivator. LOL!

M.V.Freeman said...

JoAnn, I love some of thes quotes..I have a few (actually about 15 pages I've collected). Here are a few that help me! ;-)
(Carla love yours too!)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Lord Acton

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Eugene Delacroix
French Romantic painter
(1798 - 1863)

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Napoleon Bonaparte

And lets keep writing!

Gwen Hernandez said...

In general: We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit. -Aristotle

For writing: You can fix a bad page. You can't fix a blank one. -Nora Roberts

Thanks for the inspiration, JoAnn! (And Carla and Mary too!) ;-)

Lexi said...

"Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard, words on page." My internal nag. Not great or pretty as words go, but she is relentless, the B-word.

Louisa Cornell said...

I collect quotes like this too!

Here are a few of my favorites!

One of my very favorites is -

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."

W. Somerset Maugham

"He is able who thinks he is able."


From one of my favorite authors -

"You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft—then you can add all the genius you like."

Phyllis A. Whitney

This one always makes me laugh AND helps me to put harsh critiques in perspective!

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

John Osborne

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson

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

Anne Rice

If you wish to be a writer; write!


A few I repeat to myself every day -


Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they failed.

Thomas Edison

Lisa Dunick said...

Hope strengthens. Fear kills.

JoAnn said...

Wow. These are all amazing. Thanks, everyone! I have some new favorites now.