Inspiring quotes about writing

These authors and poets have helped me overcome my doubt, especially on those dreadful days when it all seems utterly fruitless.

A good reminder of the importance of perspective:

“You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world… The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” ― James Baldwin

On the need for a heroic writers’ movement:

“We don’t need any more writers as solitary heroes. We need a heroic writers movement: assertive, militant, pugnacious” – Toni Morrison

Resistance begins with Art:

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

Opposing a dominant culture:

“Opposing the dominant culture is like trying to whittle down a mountain by rubbing it with a silk scarf. Yet a writer must. I may not be able to move mountains like Superman, but I have lovely scarves.” – Rabih Alameddine

Dance lessons for writers:

“What can an art of words take from the art that needs none? Yet I often think I’ve learned as much from watching dancers as I have from reading. Dance lessons for writers: lessons of position, attitude, rhythm and style, some of them obvious, some indirect.” – Zadie Smith

Write without fear:

“If you are going to break your silence, at least let it be with a new tongue that is free  and unafraid” – Ijeoma Umebinyuo

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