Quote Wednesday (Throwing in a few more for New Year inspiration.)

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her – Lao Tzu

Preciousness and perfectionism are the enemies of laughter, Feig says. I’d go further: They can be inimical to creativity itself – Scott Brown

When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t – Jodi Picoult

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy – Norman Vincent Peale

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same – Carlos Castaneda

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see—every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties. ~Graham Greene

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader – Joseph Joubert

But I am learning that perfection isn’t what matters. In fact, it’s the very thing that can destroy you if you let it – Emily Giffin

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works – Samuel Johnson

Volume depends precisely on the writer’s having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone – Susan Sontag

The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels – Simone de Beauvoir

The objective of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story …to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all. Stephen King

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material…..John Steinbeck

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose…not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

~Anne Sullivan Macy

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. ~ Neil Gaiman

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