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Show Me, Don’t Tell Me – Quotes to Inspire Writers


Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

~ Anton Chekhov

Submitted by Jorge (pronounced Hhor-Hhay) Kafkazar who blogs at Jorgekafkazar’s Fiction in comments.

Thanks Jorge!

Do you have a favorite quote that has, even remotely, something to do with writing, reading and life? Post it here and chances are you’ll get thanked too. And if you have a website or blog, make sure I can link to you easily.


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  • Damien Balderrama

    “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as your dead and rotten. Either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”
    ~Benjamin Franklin~

  • My personal quote :
    A novel is BORN several times and DIES several times, before it takes its final life form.
    Manjiri Prabhu

  • One of my favorite quotes from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some instructions on writing and life. It is also one of the best reasons I have found to keep on writing–to taste every bit of life.

    “One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”
    .-= Carren´s last blog ..Sighted =-.

  • “If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in.”
    — Anne Lamott
    .-= Debbi´s last blog ..Markets, Markets, Markets! =-.

  • Eve

    “The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than the living size then they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”

    — Stephen King

  • The following words come from Oscar Wilde’s book, “The picture of Dorian Gray.” When Dorian Gray looked at his portrait and said, “If only the portrait would age and I would remain young, I would give everything–even my soul.”

    I’ve never forgotten those words and it has always reminded me to be very careful what I desire and what I give in return…..
    .-= Toni Star´s last blog .. =-.

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