Saul Bellow - Write at Night

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

~ Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow - Write at Night

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney
Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.
Jim Henson
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things.
John Appleseed
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
Richard Bach
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
Margaret Atwood
You have only one life to live and it mustn’t be wronged.
Anton Chekov
It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions.
Robert Bly
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
William James
An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
Margaret Atwood
I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
Martha Washington
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B.F. Skinner
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.
Isaac Asimov
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.
H.G. Wells
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.
Oscar Wilde
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Dale Carnegie
What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone.
Hermann Broch
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
George Sand
Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them.
Richard Bach
The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
Richard Rosen
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
Thomas Hardy
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Jean Cocteau
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
Horace
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert
I write with experiences in mind, but I don’t write about them, I write out of them.
John Ashbery
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.
Robert Graves
Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
Vladimir Nabokov
Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.
Cicero
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
Pearl S. Buck
To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.
John Burroughs
To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires.
W. E. B. Du Bois