Words With Wings

Checking in to say I've been out of town for a few days, hence the crickets from my neck of the Interwebs. Also wanted to impart a little inspiration ...

I believe, as all writers probably do, that words are kinetic. They have energy in them because they are moving. A word isn't stagnant. It doesn't wait on a page to do something, but is set in motion by a writer.

Here are some moving words, and I hope they lift you up and set you free this weekend.


Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~ Ben Franklin 

Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write. ~ Elie Wiesel

To be the kind of writer you want to be, you must first be the kind of thinker you want to be. ~ Ayn Rand

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~ Scott Adams

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man's life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible. ~ Tolstoy

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. ~ Hart Crane


  1. Strong words reminding me of our freedom.

  2. Oh my goodness... Aside from the Ben Franklin one, I hadn't heard any of these... love the mistake one and LOVE the drenched in words one... I love quotes like this. They totally inspire--soak into me. It's amazing what the right words formulated together can do ;)

  3. Scott Adams one is great.
    Hope you're doing good EJ.

  4. These are all great, and touch to the core.

  5. Oh good. I thought with a title "Words with Wings" that you were gonna post a clip of Bette Midler singing "You are the Wind Beneath My Wings". Yay for awesome quotes!

  6. I love all of these~ especially the Ben Franklin one!

  7. Holy cow, those quotes were just what I needed! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  8. Beautiful, moving words! Thanks for the quotes!

  9. I love these!

    I used to have a poster in my home office--I'm embarrassed to admit that I can't remember who the quote was from, but it went something like this:

    Writing is like prostitution
    First you do it for love
    Then you do it for a few friends
    And finally you do it for money

  10. Wonderful and energetic quotes! Thanks, E.J. I'm glad I visited today. Been frustrated lately with what life has been throwing my way.


  11. Usually I pick one favorite quote, but I actually loved all of these.

  12. I loved these quotes!! I also loved your thoughts about how words are kinetic, set in motion by a writer. Very COOL!

  13. Excellent quotes! My favourite has to be Mr. Franklin's remark.

  14. Wonderful sayings. And I believe once you think a thought and put down that word, you do breathe life into it.


“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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