• "Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance." — James Baldwin
  • "It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." — James Baldwin
  • "We are each other's magnitude and bond." — Gwendolyn Brooks
  • "The play dictated itself, but I confess that I wrote it — with intent, maliciously, purposefully, in command of its growth." — Harold Pinter
  • "A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us." — Franz Kafka
  • "You cannot write lies and write good poetry." — June Jordan
  • "I can't imagine a mental life, a spiritual existence, not inextricably bound up with language of a formal, mediated nature. Telling stories, choosing an appropriate language with which to express each story: This seems to me quintessentially human, one of the great adventures of our species." — Joyce Carol Oates
  • "…I get nervous when people ask me to define myself as a writer. I hear the cage of definition close around me…" — Julia Alvarez
  • "But writing with simplicity requires courage, for there is a danger that one will be overlooked, dismissed as simpleminded by those with a tenacious belief that impossible prose is a hallmark of intelligence." — Alain de Botton
  • "To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest." — Pema Chodron
  • "I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it." — Toni Morrison
  • "First fight. Then fiddle." — Gwendolyn Brooks
  • "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." — Shirley Chisholm
  • "Live out of your imagination, not your history." — Stephen Covey
  • "Knowing robs us of wonder." — Chinua Achebe
  • "A poet's work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep." — Salman Rushdie
  • "To be a poet is a condition, not a profession." — Robert Frost