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Writing Quotes

1.
Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.
Kendrick Lamar

Construct your own monuments, inscribe your own symbols.
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2.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

3.
My rights, my wrongs, I write ‘til I’m right with God.
Kendrick Lamar

My privileges, my mistakes, I petition until I am reconciled with the divine.
4.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
Omar Khayyam

The Inscribing Hand inscribes; and, having inscribed, Progresses onward: not all your Devotion nor Intelligence Can coax it back to amend a single Phrase, Nor all your Weeping erase a Syllable of it.
5.
Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless
Zaha Hadid

Constructing architecture is akin to crafting literature; continual refinement is necessary for a polished end product.
6.
Write your Sad times in Sand, Write your Good times in Stone.
George Bernard Shaw

Scribe your sorrowful moments in Sand, Engrave your joyful times in Rock.
7.
I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents.
Jose Rizal

8.
When I'm writing [songs], some days the pen just goes. I'm not in charge and I'm almost listening outside of it. That's when I realize that we all have to start looking at life as a gift. It's like listening to a color and believing that these colors have soul mates and once you get them all together the painting is complete.
Prince

9.
You know, it really doesn`t matter what the media write as long as you`ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.
Donald Trump

It doesn't matter what the press publishes, so long as you have an attractive companion.
10.
I received a letter just before I left office from a man. I don't know why he chose to write it, but I'm glad he did. He wrote that you can go to live in France, but you can't become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Italy, but you can't become a German, an Italian. He went through Turkey, Greece, Japan and other countries. But he said anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in the United States and become an American.
Ronald Reagan

11.
Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. ... It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.
Enid Bagnold

12.
While asleep, I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood, as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing.
Srinivasa Ramanujan

13.
God gives gifts to everyone, some can write, some can dance. He gave me the skill to play football and I am making the most of it.
Ronaldinho

God bestows blessings on all people, some can pen stories, some can perform. He granted me the ability to play soccer and I am capitalizing on it.
14.
What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’.... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.
Maya Angelou

15.
Those who commit the murders write the reports.
Ida B. Wells

Those who perpetrate the crimes pen the accounts.
16.
I have collected all the writings of the Empire and burnt those which were of no use.
Qin Shi Huang

I have amassed all the documents of the Empire and incinerated those which were superfluous.
17.
Do it because it's in your heart. Not because you want something in return. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
Socrates

18.
I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.
Franz Kafka

I compose distinctively from what I vocalize, I vocalize uniquely from what I contemplate, I contemplate divergently from the way I should ponder, and thus everything progresses into maximum obscurity.
19.
And the writing is still : to you, with you, about you, because of you and for you.
Nizar Qabbani

'The words remain devoted: to you, through you, concerning you, thanks to you and in your favor.'
20.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov

Demonstrate to me the sparkle of illumination on fractured glass.
21.
I like writing books. I'd rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It's not so bad. I am really lucky.
Gene Wilder

22.
Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.
William Faulkner

23.
Write it down and remember that we never gave in, the mind of a child is where the revolution begins, so if the solution has never been to look in yourself, how is it that you expect to find it anywhere else
Immortal Technique

24.
Africa’s story has been written by others; we need to own our problems and solutions and write our story.
Paul Kagame

'Africa's narrative has been composed by outsiders; we must assume responsibility for our issues and answers and craft our tale.'
25.
I write a lot of my best music in the car, like late night. Three, four in the morning. I'm in the passenger seat, I got my driver, my getaway driver. My Bonnie, I'm Clyde. That's when everything is just settled. In the daytime it's chaotic. Everybody just goin' nowhere fast. In a rush to go nowhere.
Kevin Gates

26.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.
Beatrix Potter

27.
We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.
Vladimir Lenin

We can and must compose in a dialect which instigates among the general population despise, aversion, and disdain for those who dissent.
28.
Every kid in every school no matter their background, deserves to learn the basics about food - where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies. These life skills are as important as reading and writing, but they've been lost over the past few generations. We need to bring them back and bring up our kids to be streetwise about food.
Jamie Oliver

29.
When I'm writing, I'm constantly thinking about myself, because it's the only experience I have to draw on. And I don't see an exact reflection of myself in every face in the audience, but I know that my songs have validity to them, and that's why the fans are there.
Chester Bennington

30.
Black is the most slimming of all Colors. It is the most flattering. You can wear black at any Time. You can wear it at any age. You can wear it for almost any occasion. I could write a book about black.
Christian Dior

31.
The words! I collected them in all shapes and sizes and hung them like bangles in my mind.
Hortense Calisher

I stowed away an array of words in my mental vault, like a treasure trove of trinkets.
32.
Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.
Donald Woods Winnicott

Creatives are people compelled by the equilibrium between the urge to share and the impulse to conceal.
33.
I've done too many stupid things for there not to be movies made about me when I'm dead, so I might as well write the script.
George Michael

'I've made so many blunders that it's almost guaranteed I'll have a biopic after my demise, so I might as well pen the narrative myself.'
34.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
Pablo Picasso

Grasp the conventions with finesse, so you can innovate like a master.
35.
Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret.
Johann Sebastian Bach

Unremitting labor, scrutiny, contemplation, scribbling profusely, perpetual self-improvement; that is my key to success.
36.
Never forget, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy. Professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times and never forget it.
Richard M. Nixon

Always remember, the media is a foe. The establishment is an adversary. The educators are a rival. Educators are an opponent. Emblazon that on a chalkboard 100 times and never forget it.
37.
This point is . . . crucial,” writes Dweck. “In the fixed mindset, everything is about the outcome. If you fail — or if you’re not the best — it’s all been wasted. The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.
Carol S. Dweck

38.
Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the running to spread the truth among such persons.
Bertolt Brecht

39.
Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.
Ulysses S. Grant

Secure the Bible as your unshakable foundation of freedom; engrave its teachings into your soul, and apply them in your existence.
40.
Until I am free to write bilingually and to switch codes without having always to translate, while I still have to speak English or Spanish when I would rather speak Spanglish, and as long as I have to accommodate the English speakers rather than having them accommodate me, my tongue will be illegitimate. I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent's tongue - my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.
Gloria E. Anzaldúa

41.
Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary, sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Continual intellectual study results in vanity and the false satisfaction of an undigested knowledge.
Sri Yukteswar Giri

42.
A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
Mao Zedong

43.
I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.
Pablo Neruda

I can compose the most sorrowful paean this evening. I cherished her, and sometimes she reciprocated my affections.
44.
We write our names in the sand: and then the waves roll in and wash them away.
Augustus

We inscribe our signatures in the shoreline: only for them to be erased by the incoming tide.
45.
It's ignorant! The stereotype is guys that are weak and have failing relationships write about how sad they are. If you listen to our songs, not one of them has that tone. Emo is bullshit! If people want to take it for the literal sense of the word, then yes, we're an emotional band, we put a lot of thought into what we do. People always try to stereotype us, but we don't fit the emo stereotype.
Brendon Urie

46.
I have never written the music that was in my heart to write; perhaps I never shall with this brain and these fingers, but I know that hereafter it will be written; when instead of these few inlets of the senses through which we now secure impressions from without, there shall be a flood of impressions from all sides; and instead of these few tones of our little octave, there shall be an infinite scale of harmonies - for I feel it - I am sure of it. This world of music, whose borders even now I have scarcely entered, is a reality, is immortal.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

47.
Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues of fire. Don't let the pen banish you from yourself.
Gloria E. Anzaldúa

48.
Verily, the index finger that testifies to the oneness of Allah Azzawajal in prayer, utterly rejects to write even an alphabet, endorsing the rule of the tyrant
Sayyid Qutb

Indeed, the digit which avows loyalty to Allah Azzawajal in supplication, absolutely refuses to etch even a single letter, affirming the control of the despot.
49.
When you live guided by intuition rather than thought, your life dances like writing on water, fresh and untraceable.
Mooji

When you follow your gut instead of contemplating, your life moves like a river, vibrant and elusive.
50.
When One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.
Grantland Rice

When the Supreme Observer records your deeds, He does not judge success or failure, but how honorably you conducted yourself.