10 Quotes to Kickstart Your Inspiration for Writing


In Leo Babauta’s article, 31 Ways to Find Inspiration For Your Writing, he says:

Great quotes help inspire me. I like to go to various quote sites to find ideas to spark my writing, turns of phrase that show what can be done with the language, motivation for self-improvement.

I’ve collected ten quotes to give you inspiration for writing. Here’s how to use them:

Get a notebook or piece of paper and a pen and put it beside you. Now take time to look at each image and then capture any ideas that are triggered in your mind.

Make sure you write them down!


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Contributed by Sam Sasi


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Contributed by James Harlan


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Contributed by Madani Belbachir


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Contributed by Claire DeBoer 


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Contributed by Sam Sasi


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Contributed by Marni Scofidio


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Contributed by Depeetha Suresh


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Contributed by Eric Ellard


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Contributed by Mike Reid


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Contributed by Claire DeBoer 


Did you find these quotes inspiring?

And did they trigger ideas in your mind about what to write?

If so, please share in the comments.

I’d like to thank the members of our WTD DreamTeam who have contributed this selection of quotes (and helped shape the new design). My thanks also go out to our designer, Ishan Jain of Technology Redefined.


About the author: 

Mary Jaksch is Editor-in-Chief at Write to Done. Grab her FREE report How to Write Like an A-List Blogger. Mary has helped thousands of students successfully create outstanding and profitable blogs at  A-List Blogging and is the blogger behind Goodlife ZEN.

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23 thoughts on “10 Quotes to Kickstart Your Inspiration for Writing”

  • Marcy McKay says:

    LOVE these, Mary. My favorite was by Anais Nin, “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” That gave me chills.

  • Jan says:

    Is there any way to purchase some of these quotes and the art work? I love the inspiration and would like to frame them to enjoy and to give me a big kick in the behind.


    • Mary Jaksch says:

      Hey thanks, Jan! If you send me an email via the Contact link in the navigation bar and tell me which is your favorite, I’ll make it big and attach it to an email so that you can print it out.

      Your comment made me think it might be a great idea to create an ebook with quotes for inspiration – each one on an image.

      Or maybe an app that rotates images and quotes for inspiration … ?

  • Kimi says:

    I LOVE inspiring quotes, especially when they are presented with beautiful images. Thanks for sharing Mary!

    P.S. They also go over very well on Facebook! 🙂

  • Jules says:

    One of my all time favourites –

    John Steinbeck for The Paris Review, 1975:

    Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.

  • Mai Bantog says:

    Thanks for these inspiring quotes, Mary. My favorite’s the one from Emily Dickinson. As someone who occasionally writes poetry, I can identify with that “cold that no fire can warm” sensation. You just got to release and write off all that cold lodging inside you. It’s such a beautiful quote. 🙂

  • Blaise chaah says:

    Great clarity with the quote”it is the work that matters, not the applause that follows” by Robert falcon scott.

  • Avinash says:

    Really great pictures.Its a great inspiration and motivation towards writing.Lovely and Unique content.Really very impressive.Thanks

  • Great list

    May I add this? “On the field of the self stand a knight and a dragon. You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.” — Steven Pressfield

  • J. Mike says:

    Hello Mary,

    Thank you for the inspiring quotes, I can find inspiration in each. Currently, I have been writing for a friend’s blog for the past few months. My intention was to increase ‘science literacy’ in our society (I am a chemist). I try to bring awareness and meaning to ‘facts, figures, and numbers’ that are reported in the popular news media–through using examples of visualization through various avenues (using dimensional analysis, comparing to physical objects, etc.). As a result, the quote that resonated most with me at this time was by Martin Luther — “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

    Again, thank you for the inspiration and have a great day.



  • Betty Marschner says:

    An aha moment for me! To write for the work and not the applause after. How often do we write just for our own self centered pride??

  • mary says:

    Great inspiration for writing!

  • Margaret Julliet says:

    Did you find these quotes inspiring?
    The answer is a definite YES…no 2 answers….
    My most inspiring, the one by Martin Luther followed by Steve king.

  • emilee says:

    that last quote is how i feel about writing as well. the world , my anxiety adhd bipolar and autism disappear. its just me n my writing as well as the reading stories

  • Hi Mary,

    Nice collection of quotes. After reading all these quotes my head hook me up to just write , write and write.
    After reading Martin’s quote I feel that every one gonna write on anything that it feel’s good or bad on it.

    Thanks for sharing such an inspirational quotes.


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