Inspirational Quotes by and for Writers and Artists

Sometimes it feels like talent alone is not enough to get you the results you want as a writer or artist. It is during these times that you may benefit from receiving a burst of motivation, inspiration and encouragement, enough to keep you moving forward. May the following motivational quotes made by passionate and dream-fulfilling writers and artists give you just what you’re seeking. After all, you should continue pursuing (and reaching) your dreams, the goals you are most passionate about.

Writer and Artist Motivation Quotes

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”You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou 

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts 

“The only way around is through.” – Robert Frost 


“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” – Author Unknown 

“I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

“I suspect that every writer is secretly writing for someone.” – Brewster Ghiselin 

“Once the grammar has been learned, writing is simply talking on paper and in time learning what not to say.” – Beryl Bainbridge 

“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.” – Gerald Brenan 

“The moment a man begins to talk about technique, that’s proof he is fresh out of ideas.” -Raymond Chandler 

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost 

“Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself. Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.” – Susan Isaacs

 “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom.” Anais Nin 

“You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey

“It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one’s children will become than for the children one’s “mature” critics often are.” – Alice Walker 

“I often think about rewriting or continuing the life of particular characters in subsequent books, but I have found that it’s a kind of trap because you never really go on to another topic.” – Toni Morrison, Time interview

“If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?” – Joyce Carol Oates

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.” – Albert Einstein

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde 

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso 

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.” – Baslo

“We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think — in fact, they do so.” – Bertrand Russell

“He truly lives dangerously who trusts his health to a doctor, his rights to a lawyer, his money to a banker or his soul to a preacher” – Author Unknown


“Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.” –
Giordano Bruno

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“The more an artist works the more there is to do.” – Ad Reinhardt                                    

“You already have everything in you that you need to succeed.” – Denise Turney

“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus

“Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are
doing it.” – Author Unknown

“By then I already knew that I wanted to have a powerful odor and would not care if it gave offense.” – Jamaica Kincaid

“I will not take ‘but’ for an answer.” – Langston Hughes

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

“If you’re holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you’ll be in this cabin for a very long time.” – J. K. Rowling

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One Response to Inspirational Quotes by and for Writers and Artists

  1. What a wonderful collection of inspirational quotes. So often our dreams become lost, swept away by worldly duties and distractions. What if we thought of our dreams as our duties and refused the distractions?

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