Great quotes are like mantras to me. Words to live by, to be inspired by. They can be funny, poignant, or even maudlin, but if they resonate with me in some way, they go into my collection.
I don’t have a large collection yet, but after reviewing the few I do have, I found that they still work for me, even though some I found over 20 years ago.
I’m sharing five of my favorites. You’ll notice that many have a lot to do with success and failure, which isn’t a negative in my view, but rather a reality, a challenge, and a necessary part of life.
Some of the quotes directly refer to writers or the writing life, but many are more generic thoughts that certainly can apply to writers. Do any of these resonate with you?
- Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
- Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe. – Sumner Redstone
- Rejection is a writer’s best friend. If you are not failing regularly, you are living so far below your potential that you’re failing anyway. – Gregg Levoy
- I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan.
- I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams
And finally, I’m sharing one that has nothing to do with writing, but given the world’s political climate, I couldn’t resist:
No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office — George Bernard Shaw
If you have any great quotes, please feel free to send them along!