"I want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books."
- Louisa May Alcott
"The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters."
- Ross MacDonald
"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 is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window."
- William Faulkner
"If you don’t think there is magic in writing, you probably won’t write anything magical."
"As a writer, you should have a sticky soul; the act of continually taking things in should be as much a part of you as your hair color."
- Elizabeth Berg
"When asked, ‘How do you write?’
I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’"
- Stephen King
"What writing practice, like Zen practice does, is bring you back to the natural state of mind…The mind is raw, full of energy, alive and hungry. It does not think in the way we were brought up to think-well-mannered, congenial."
– Natalie Goldberg
"There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes."
- William Makepeace Thackeray
Originally posted here two years ago. Photos collected from Tumblr and We Heart It, sources since lost (if you know any original sources, let me know).