Thoughts for Writers

Great Quotes

By Annette Rey

The quotes listed may spark a thought for a short story.

Some of these quotes may be a bit obscure. You be the judge.


Love dies only when growth stops.

   Pearl S. Buck, writer

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.

   Euripides, Ancient Greek playwright

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. 

   Aristotle, Ancient Greek Philosopher

This morning, with her, having coffee. 

   Johnny Cash, American entertainer


Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

   David Starr Jordan, ichthyologist

The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. 

   Anne Frank, German-Dutch diarist

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

    Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

Sci Fi:

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.

   Erich Fromm, sociologist and psychoanalyst

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

   George Carlin, comedian


All progress is experimental. 

   John Jay Chapman, author

Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. 

   Maya Angelou, poet

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

   George Edward Woodberry, poet

You can’t do it unless you can imagine it. 

   George Lucas, director


I told my doctors I got all the exercise I needed being a pallbearer for all my friends who run and do exercises. 

   Winston Churchill, English statesman

Let us live! Let us love! Let us share the deepest secrets of our souls! – You first. 


He who hesitates is poor. 

   Max Bialystock, character in The Producers

And lastly, for ecologists and those of us who love the Earth’s blessings, this one hurts.

As the axe entered the forest, the trees said, “The handle is one of us.”

    Old Proverb

A lot of writing can rise from these thoughts. Give your mind free leash and create some new work.


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