Quotes to Motivate and Inspire Writers and Readers

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself…

Adesh Acharya
4 min readMay 3

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Here are some quotes I found on the internet that maybe important to you, if you are a writer or if you just love to read what is written:

  • The original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate — François-René de Chateaubriand
  • Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self — Cyril Connolly
  • The job of the writer is to kiss no ass, no matter how big and holy and white and tempting and powerful — Ken Kesey
  • He is no parasite on anything, whose work is real: a mechanic, a doctor, a builder, a tailor, a dishwasher. What, in comparison, does a writer produce? Semblances. This is a serious occupation? — Stanisław Lem
  • A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people — Thomas Mann
  • Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand — George Orwell
  • When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing — Enrique Jardiel Poncela
  • I felt that writing for bread would soon have stifled my genius and destroyed my talents, which were more those of the heart than of the pen, and arose solely from a proud and elevated manner of thinking, which alone could support them — Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true — John Steinbeck
  • I think writing, my writing, is a species of mediumship. I become the person — Virginia Woolf
  • There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed― Ernest Hemingway
  • You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you―Ray Bradbury
  • Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and

Adesh Acharya

Writer. I think and write about life and society. Prognosticator wannabe. More at https://fradesh.com | Subscribe to me via email, ko-fi.com/fradesh

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