Eighty percent of life is showing up.
Mary Kay Ash
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
You can sit there, tense and worried, freezing the creative energies, or you can start writing something, perhaps something silly. It doesn’t matter what. In five or ten minutes, the imagination will heat, the tightness will fade, and a certain spirit and rhythm will take over.
Pearl S. Buck
I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
Alas! The fearful Unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
How do I work? I grope.
The writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed–love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.
A little neglect may breed mischief: for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say but keep on saying it.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
If I look confused, it’s because I’m thinking.
Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point you have to throw yourself into action and put your heart on the line.
The object of education isn’t knowledge; it’s action.
At first it’s a bit jagged, awkward, but then there’s a point where there’s a click and you suddenly become quite fluent.
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.
Winnie the Pooh
Organization is what you do before you do it, so when you do it, it’s not all messed up.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
The Rolling Stones
Time waits for no one.
You know, I just started writing and then I wrote every single day at the same time. I never have to make myself sit at the typewriter.
Edwin H. Stuart
Every time you open your mouth to talk, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
I find that what I write when I force myself is generally just as good as what I write when I’m feeling inspired.