Alice Soon

My Literary Life & other obsessions…

Favourite Quotes

Quotes to inspire, to remind us what is good, what is right –  and to just keep going…

ON WRITING:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“I don’t believe there is any greater blessing than of being pierced through and through by the splendor and sweetness of words.” – Edith Wharton

ON NEEDING INSPIRATION TO GO ON:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Thomas A. Edison

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
Allen Ginsberg

“Go to your bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.” – Measure for Measure

ON TALENT:

“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.”
Erica Jong

ON HARD WORK:

“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work…”
Albert Einstein

ON LIFE IN GENERAL:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Mother Teresa

“You never fail until you stop trying.”
Albert Einstein

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Albert Einstein

ON THE JOYS OF READING:

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Albert Einstein

“Thank God for books as an alternative to conversation.”
W.H. Auden

“When I was your age, television was called books.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

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