"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Word to the Wise! Motivational Quotes to Inspire, Enlighten, & Empower

I love quotes. For me they're thought provoking, wise and reflective, and pack a powerful punch succinctly. Wouldn't you agree?

Like seasonings that enhance food, quotes can be used to make for a more pleasurable experience for those who "consume" our work. Use them to tie in the message of a story, emphasize a point, or as an introductory line for an article or interview. They're very multi-functional that way. :-)

In fact, without truly recognizing it, many of us have quotes that we live by...almost like a life's motto or philosophy.
So today my goal is to share a few to motivate your creativity, mellow your mood, or make you smile.


                                             ON WRITING...

"You don't write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say."
---F. Scott Fitzgerald

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you."
---Maya Angelou

"I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent, he would be wise to develop a thick hide."
---Harper Lee

"Words are of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
---Rudyard Kipling
                                         ON LIFE...

"What a wonderful life I've had. I only wish I'd realized it sooner!"

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I am with you kid. Let's go."
---Maya Angelou

"My mother is a travel agent for guilt trips."

"Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener."

"And this too shall pass."

"A day without sunshine...is like night."

"Sometimes God will shake you up to move you forward."
---Jennifer Brown Banks

"Old age comes at a bad time."

"The greatest wealth is health."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results."
---Albert Einstein

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
---Eleanor Roosevelt

"Enjoy yourself; it's later than you think."

Got quotes?
Any of these resonate with you? What's your favorite quote?


  1. On one of the serial TV shows on AMC. The office staff had to take down the Christmas decorations before Christmas. One of the women said, "December without Christmas decorations is like. . . January." This struck a chord with me.

  2. Jennifer--One of my favorite quotes on writing is by Guy du Maupassant: "Get black on white." So simple. Get ink on paper.

    1. Sioux,

      I couldn't agree more. Thanks for your thoughts today. :-)

  3. I like your quote best of all, Jen. Really. I get shaken up a lot. =0)

    1. Thanks, Sue. Perhaps we can count it towards our exercising goals? :-)

  4. There are lot's of quotes I like, it's great to see you also have your own, recently I discovered a quote from author Ray Bradbury, a quote about inspiration, an analogy with '(Coffee) Cups'.

  5. Jennifer Brown BanksOctober 10, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Cool! Thanks for sharing, H.P. :-)