Jane R. Snyder - Writer

Quotes That Inspire Me

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.”

Anna Quindlen
American Author, Journalist & Opinion Columnist

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

Mark Twain
American Author & Humorist

“There is only one rule in advertising: there are no rules!”

Steve Cosmopulos
American Ad Man & Co-founder of Hill Holliday

“Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!”

Edna Ferber
American Playwright, Novelist, & Short Story Writer

“'You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald
American Novelist & Short Story Writer

“If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”

David Ogilvy
British Ad Man, Author, and Founder of Ogilvy & Mather

"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."

Robert Frost
American Poet

“There's only one absolute rule in writing: None of us gets it right the first time. Revise, reverse, reinvent, re-vision.”

Jane Yolen
American Writer of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Kid’s Books.

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Novelist & Short Story Writer

“Don't listen to those who say, you are taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says they are all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respects.”

Neil Simon
American Playwright & Screenwriter

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