Language is a cracked kettle on which we bang out tunes to make the bears dance, when what we long for is to move the stars to pity.  ~ Gustave Flaubert

If you wait for inspiration to write; you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. ~ Dan Poynter

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together. ~ Ray Bradbury

I either write the book or sell the jewels. And I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels. ~ Ava Gardner

The Muse must have shape. You will write a thousand words a day for ten or twenty years in order to try to give it shape, to learn enough grammar and story construction so that these become part of the Subconscious, without restraining or distorting the Muse. ~ Ray Bradbury

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” – Helen Keller

 “Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

 “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” – Edith Wharton

 “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism.” – Eva Perón

 “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” – Jodie Foster

“When you’re through changing, you’re through.” – Martha Stewart

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee