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Inspirational Quotes

Every now and again, I come across a quote which truly inspires and encourages me to keep going. While I was researching material for my book, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the quotes I found – certainly some of these have helped me.

It’s important to have the right mindset when writing a book – (I have given a few more hints and tips in my blog post here.) It covers the 5 Attributes you must have before you begin as well as 1 other critical factor that prevents most people ever becoming an author. Don’t let it happen to you!

Quotes about being an Expert:

“Observe, record, tabulate, communicate. Use your five senses. . . . Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.” ~ William Osler


Quotes about Mindset:

“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” ~ Giorgio Armani

“We all talk to ourselves. A major key to success exists in what we say to ourselves, which helps to shape our attitude and mindset.” ~ Darren L. Johnson

“It takes the same amount of energy to think of reasons to lose as it does to think of reasons to win.” ~ Phil Messina


Quotes About Commitment:

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”  ~ Tom Robbins

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.'” ~ Lao Tzu


Quotes About Planning:

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” – Henry Ford


Quotes About Writing:

“Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.”~ William Safire, ‘Great Rules of Writing’

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~ Joseph Heller

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”  ~ Baltasar Gracián

“When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.”  ~ Enrique Jardiel Poncela


About being an Author:

“One hates an author that’s all author.”  ~ George Gordon, Lord Byron, “Beppo”