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The Author Media Twitter (@AuthorMedia) often posts inspirational quotes from authors for authors.

Those tweets are some of our most popular.

We decided that instead of hoarding the wealth, we’d share the fun. We collected 101 tweetable expressions from authors you know (and love!) that you can start sharing right away.

Ready to start tweeting? Have fun!


  • I love it. Author Media has 101 tweetable quotes for authors! – Click to tweet.
  • Need some writing encouragement? Bookmark this page from Author Media! – Click to tweet.
  • Share some cheer. Author Media has collected quotes that will keep you writing. – Click to tweet.

1 – 25

  • “Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.” ― Winston Churchill – Click to tweet.
  • “…If the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L’Engle – Click to tweet.
  • “Only a mediocre person is always at his best. ” ― W. Somerset Maugham – Click to tweet.
  • “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway – Click to tweet.
  • “You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.” ― Truman Capote – Click to tweet.
  • “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison – Click to tweet.
  • “If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.” ― Kingsley Amis – Click to tweet.
  • “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac – Click to tweet.
  • “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov – Click to tweet.
  • “The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.” – Walt Whitman – Click to tweet.
  • “You don’t make art out of good intentions.” ― Gustave Flaubert – Click to tweet.
  • “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” ― Charles Dickens – Click to tweet.
  • “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” ― Samuel Johnson – Click to tweet.
  • “I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” – Toni Morrison – Click to tweet.
  • “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King – Click to tweet.
  • “There is no such thing as an “aspiring writer”. You are a writer. Period.” ― Matthew Reilly – Click to tweet.
  • “I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.” ― Samuel Johnson – Click to tweet.
  • “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ― Stephen King – Click to tweet.
  • “There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.” – Z.N. Hurston – Click to tweet.
  • “Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.” – Mark Twain – Click to tweet.
  • “A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.”  ― Tom Bissell – Click to tweet.
  • “If a story is in you, it has to come out.”  ― William Faulkner – Click to tweet.
  • “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ― Richard Bach – Click to tweet.
  • “When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.”  ―  Charles Baxter – Click to tweet.
  • “A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.”  ― Mark Twain – Click to tweet.

Tweetables –

  • Seriously. Y’all better check out this page. Author Media did your inspirational quote homework for you. – Click to tweet.
  • So many good quotes! // 101 Tweetable Quotes for Authors. – Click to tweet.
  • When I have artist angst, I’m coming to this page. – Click to tweet.

quotes for authors

26 – 50

  • “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter – Click to tweet.
  • “A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. ” ― William Faulkner – Click to tweet.
  • A timid writer creates timid readers. Come boldly to the page. – Click to tweet.
  • “There Are Two Typos Of People In This World: Those Who Can Edit And Those Who Can’t”― Jarod Kintz – Click to tweet.
  • “Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.”― George R.R. Martin – Click to tweet.
  • “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.”― Truman Capote – Click to tweet.
  • “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”― Friedrich Nietzsche – Click to tweet.
  • “You can’t edit a blank page.”― Nora Roberts – Click to tweet.
  • “If you want your characters to be interesting, YOU be interesting.”  – Caitlin Muir – Click to tweet.
  • “Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.”—Hunter S. Thompson – Click to tweet.
  • “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”—Roald Dahl – Click to tweet.
  • “Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”—Virginia Woolf – Click to tweet.
  • “If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, all of us.”—William Faulkner – Click to tweet.
  • The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book. – Johnson – Click to tweet.
  • “Style means the right word. The rest matters little.” —Jules Renard – Click to tweet.
  • “Beware of advice—even this.”—Carl Sandburg – Click to tweet.
  • “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”—Ernest Hemingway – Click to tweet.
  • “There is only one plot—things are not what they seem.” — Jim Thompson – Click to tweet.
  • “When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” — Margaret Laurence – Click to tweet.
  • “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain – Click to tweet.
  • “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”—Ernest Hemingway – Click to tweet.
  • “I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal – Click to tweet.
  • “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” – Edwin Schlossberg – Click to tweet.
  • After being Turned Down by numerous Publishers, he had decided to write for Posterity. – George Ade – Click to tweet.
  • “No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.” – H. G. Wells – Click to tweet.

Tweetables –

  • Another post that will leave you without twitter-block for months. – Click to tweet.
  • Want to tweet encouragement but don’t know where to start? Try here. – Click to tweet.
  • If you don’t know what to tweet, try one of these. – Click to tweet.

quotes for authors

51 – 75

  • Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.- Sir Francis Bacon – Click to tweet.
  • Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it’s so hurtful to think about writing. – Heather Armstrong – Click to tweet
  • It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.- I. Colegate – Click to tweet.
  • I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.- Joan Didion – Click to tweet.
  • About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. -Josh Billings  – Click to tweet.
  • Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. -Jules Renard – Click to tweet.
  • The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it. -Leo Rosten – Click to tweet.
  • Learn as much by writing as by reading. -Lord Acton – Click to tweet.
  • There’s always something to write about. If there’s not then you need to live life more aggressively.- Min Kim – Click to tweet.
  • I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. – Oscar Wilde – Click to tweet.
  • You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.- Ray Bradbury – Click to tweet.
  • At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable. – Raymond Chandler – Click to tweet.
  • You must not come lightly to the blank page.- Stephen King – Click to tweet.
  • If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away. – Victor Hugo – Click to tweet.
  • The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. – Mark Twain – Click to tweet.
  • Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man. – Francis Cardinal Spellman – Click to tweet.
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection. – H. Jackson Brown Jr. – Click to tweet.
  • The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. – Stephen Nachmanovitch – Click to tweet.
  • In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson – Click to tweet.
  • It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. – Aristotle – Click to tweet.
  • Men are born to succeed, not fail. – Henry David Thoreau – Click to tweet.
  • A short saying oft contains much wisdom. – Sophocles – Click to tweet.
  • Wisdom outweighs any wealth. – Sophocles – Click to tweet.
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.- Maya Angelou – Click to tweet.
  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.- Maya Angelou – Click to tweet.

Tweetables –

  • Need a shot of written inspiration? Try one of these quotes. – Click to tweet.
  • What??? // 101 Tweetable Quotes for Authors. – Click to tweet.
  • Maybe this should be “How to sound like a Hallmark Card on Twitter.” – Click to tweet.

quotes for authors

76 – 101

  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.- Douglas Adams – Click to tweet.
  • Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’- Maya Angelou – Click to tweet.
  • Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.- Jane Austen – Click to tweet.
  • A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.- Sir Francis Bacon – Click to tweet.
  • Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study. – Sir Francis Bacon – Click to tweet.
  • Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows the vain than the virtuous.- Sir Francis Bacon – Click to tweet.
  • Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.- Sir Francis Bacon – Click to tweet.
  • Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.- Warren Buffett – Click to tweet.
  • A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. – G. K. Chesterton – Click to tweet.
  • An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. – G. K. Chesterton – Click to tweet.
  • Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere. – G. K. Chesterton – Click to tweet.
  • The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.- Agatha Christie – Click to tweet.
  • For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me. – Jack Dann – Click to tweet.
  • May I never be too old to enjoy “once upon a time.” – Anonymous – Click to tweet.
  • Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few thing, you are doomed. – Ray Bradbury – Click to tweet.
  • I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have. – Thomas Jefferson – Click to tweet.
  • Being a successful writer boils down to  not being distracted by…oh hello! – Anonymous – Click to tweet.
  • The pen is the tongue of the mind. – Cervantes – Click to tweet.
  • If you want to be a writer – write! The only person stopping you is YOU! – Click to tweet.
  • The world is full of possibilities. The trick is to pick one and hustle like crazy. – Click to tweet.
  • Being a writer means dreaming with your eyes open and sharing what you see. – Click to tweet.
  • Write through the pain. Readers connect with pain far better than they do with perfection. – Click to tweet.
  • Don’t be afraid of writing. Be afraid of not writing. – Click to tweet.
  • Roll up your sleeves and get to work. There are deadlines to hit! – Click to tweet.
  • If you are asked to revise, it’s because your message is worth getting right. – Caitlin Muir – Click to tweet.
  • To produce a mighty book, choose a mighty theme. – Herman Melville – Click to tweet.

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