Do you love reading classic, inspirational quotes?

I’m sure you do.

Quotes can be fantastic tools to help us see things from new perspectives. They can also allow us to peer inside the minds of some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

In this post, I’ve put together a collection of 17 of my favourite quotes related to writing and creativity.

Enjoy, and be inspired.


“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.”
~ Anne McCaffrey


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
~ Scott Adams


“If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.”
~ David Brin


“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”
~ Herman Melville


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
~ Sophia Loren


“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
~ Somerset Maugham


“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”
~ Bill Moyers


“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
~ Terry Pratchett


“I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.”
~ Edgar Rice Burroughs


“Writing is its own reward.”
~ Henry Miller


“Creativity can release you from the limitations that the world has constructed around you; the everyday, mundane, 9-5 jail cell where everybody is waiting for the weekend to party so they can get outside of their head.”
~ Robert LaSardo


“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.”
~ Robert Benchley


“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
~ Leo Burnett


“No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.”
~ E. B. White


“Creativity is a spark. It can be excruciating when we’re rubbing two rocks together and getting nothing. And it can be intensely satisfying when the flame catches and a new idea sweeps around the world.”
~ Jonah Lehrer


“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.”
~ Linda Naiman


“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Such an incredible wealth of knowledge.

I loved collating the quotes, and I hope you loved reading them too.

So tell me, what other quotes have inspired your writing and creativity?

Please share some of them in the comments section below.