Favourite quotes

“What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.” —Samuel Johnson

“A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.” —Franz Kafka

“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr. Suess

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” —Anaïse Nin

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anaïse Nin

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” —Anaïse Nin

“The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” —Samuel Johnson

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” —Charles Dickens

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin

“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” —Ernest Hemingway

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” ― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

“Wer will, dass die Welt so bleibt, wie sie ist, der will nicht, dass sie bleibt.” —Erich Fried

“Wer sagt: hier herrscht Freiheit, der lügt, denn Freiheit herrscht nicht.” —Erich Fried

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” —Sitting Bull

“There is no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.” —Robert Graves

“Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley

“A mathematician is a person who can find analogies between theorems; a better mathematician is one who can see analogies between proofs and the best mathematician is one who can see analogies between analogies.” —Stefan Banach

“The real end of science is the honour of the human mind.” —Carl Jacobi

“You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.” —Carl Friedrich Gauss

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” —Cyril Connolly


2 thoughts on “Favourite quotes

    • Thank you, Martin. I just always add the quotes to this list that ignite a little supernova within me when I read them at the time that I read them. And I enjoy coming back to them. I am glad that you enjoy them too. 🙂

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