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 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.



    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

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    • 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.


    • 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

    • 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.

    • mary says:

      Great inspiration for writing!

    • 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??

    • 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.



    • 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

    • Avinash says:

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

    • Blaise chaah says:

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

      • It’s so easy to just focus on applause (or mourn the lack of it). I agree, Blaise, this quote brings us back on track.

    • 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. 🙂

      • Yes, Mai – it’s a strange feeling when a poem really strikes into your heart. I get goose pimples …

    • 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.

    • 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! 🙂

      • Yes… Facebook. How do you actually put one of these images on Facebook? Can anyone please tell me?

        • Patti says:

          Mary, you can just attach the file as a photo when you post a status (look for the little camera icon.)

    • 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.


      • 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 … ?

    • 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.

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