10 Amazing Quotes to Inspire You Today

We’re over a quarter-way through 2014, and if your inspiration is flagging (as mine often is), here are 10 bits of wisdom from great thinkers, including one I heard just yesterday (which means you probably haven’t seen it around the Interwebs yet). Enjoy!

10. Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it. -Emily Dickinson

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8. Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less. -Maya Angelou

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6. I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. -G.K. Chesterton

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The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.

 

4. The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention. -Flannery O’Connor

3. The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written. -Joyce Carol Oates

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1. There is a world of difference between the use of fine words and the fine use of words. -Ravi Zacharias

  • http://www.marthaspencil.com Martha Moffett

    I love the quote by Flannery O’Connor. Staring is good. Listening is also good–I got my best short story while eavesdropping.

    • http://www.theprocrastiwriter.com/ Shan

      Martha, that’s cool! And I agree; people-watching is one of my favorite writerly pastimes (we have weird hobbies).

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