Earlier this year, we made a list of 101 tweetable quotes for authors.

It was a hit.

So we’ve done it again. We’ve gathered a list of quotes for authors to tweet when they have Twitter block, need a dose of inspiration, or just because they find these quotes enjoyable.

From ancient philosophers, U.S. presidents, and modern-day authors, we’ve gathered a list of 82 quotes that range from the inspirational to the serious to the downright hilarious. Enjoy!


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The List:

  1. “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”― Zadie Smith Click to Tweet
  2. “My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”― A.A. Milne Click to Tweet
  3. “A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”― Baltasar Gracián Click to Tweet
  4. “It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, ‘Your ugly.’ My ugly what?”― Cara Lynn Shultz Click to Tweet
  5. “The rule is: don’t use commas like a stupid person. I mean it.”― Lynne Truss Click to Tweet
  6. “The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.”― Michel de Montaigne Click to Tweet
  7. “This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.” –Winston Churchill Click to Tweet
  8. “I love you. You are the object of my affection and the object of my sentence.”― Mignon Fogarty Click to Tweet
  9. “I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences.” ― Gertrude Stein Click to Tweet
  10. “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”― E. B. White Click to Tweet
  11. “A preposition is a terrible thing to end a sentence with.”― Winston Churchill Click to Tweet
  12. “My hopes, dreams and aspirations were no match against my poor spelling, punctuation and grammar.”― Red Red Rover Click to Tweet
  13. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.”― T.S. Eliot Click to Tweet
  14. “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”― Ludwig Wittgenstein Click to Tweet
  15. “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”― W.H. Auden Click to Tweet
  16. “I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me.”― Matt Groening Click to Tweet
  17. “I thought: pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language. ”― Muriel Barbery Click to Tweet
  18. “Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?”― Melina Marchetta Click to Tweet
  19. “What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”― Jacques Derrida Click to Tweet
  20. “Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty.”― Muriel Barbery Click to Tweet
  21. “Language is the source of misunderstandings.”― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Click to Tweet
  22. “It’s only words… unless they’re true.”― David Mamet Click to Tweet
  23. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”― Rudyard Kipling Click to Tweet
  24. “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”― Stephen King Click to Tweet
  25. “Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.”― Natsuki Takaya Click to Tweet
  26. “He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.”― John Green Click to Tweet
  27. “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”― Italo Calvino Click to Tweet
  28. “Don’t say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we’ve read the description.”― C.S. Lewis Click to Tweet
  29. “A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”― Emily Dickinson  Click to Tweet
  30. “I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go”― F. Scott Fitzgerald Click to Tweet
  31. “All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”― Ernest Hemingway Click to Tweet
  32. “…You cannot be taught to write. You have to spend a lifetime in love with words.”― Craig Claiborne Click to Tweet
  33. “Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.”― Pythagoras Click to Tweet
  34. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”― Cicero Click to Tweet
  35. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”― Jane Austen Click to Tweet
  36. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”― Jorge Luis Borges Click to Tweet
  37. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”― Lemony Snicket Click to Tweet
  38. “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”― Oscar Wilde Click to Tweet
  39. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”― Ernest Hemingway Click to Tweet
  40. “Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”― Mark Twain Click to Tweet
  41. “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”― Mark Twain Click to Tweet
  42. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”― Stephen King Click to Tweet
  43. “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”― George R.R. Martin Click to Tweet
  44. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”― Joseph Brodsky Click to Tweet
  45. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”― C.S. Lewis Click to Tweet
  46. “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”― D. E. Roterodamus Click to Tweet
  47. “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”― Henry Ward Beecher Click to Tweet
  48. “I cannot live without books.”― Thomas Jefferson Click to Tweet
  49. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”― Fran Lebowitz Click to Tweet
  50. “Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.”― Stephen King Click to Tweet
  51. “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”― George Bernard Shaw Click to Tweet
  52. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”― Cicero Click to Tweet
  53. “A house without books is like a room without windows.”― Horace Mann Click to Tweet
  54. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”― Abraham Lincoln Click to Tweet
  55. “Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”― J.K. Rowling Click to Tweet
  56. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”― Philip Pullman Click to Tweet
  57. “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”― Abraham Lincoln Click to Tweet
  58. “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”― Stéphane Mallarmé Click to Tweet
  59. “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”― Emerson Click to Tweet
  60. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”― Stephen King Click to Tweet
  61. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”― Lloyd Alexander Click to Tweet
  62. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”― Robert Frost Click to Tweet
  63. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”― E.L. Doctorow Click to Tweet
  64. “Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.”― Sylvia Plath Click to Tweet
  65. “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”― Stephen King Click to Tweet
  66. “Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”― Neil Gaiman Click to Tweet
  67. “You can make anything by writing.”― C.S. Lewis Click to Tweet
  68. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”― Isaac Asimov Click to Tweet
  69. “Always be a poet, even in prose.”― Charles Baudelaire Click to Tweet
  70. “So what? All writers are lunatics!”― Cornelia Funke Click to Tweet
  71. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”― Jack London Click to Tweet
  72. “Tears are words that need to be written.”― Paulo Coelho Click to Tweet
  73. “I want to write my own eulogy…in Latin. It seems only fitting to read a dead language at my funeral.”― Jarod Kintz Click to Tweet
  74. “Write what should not be forgotten.”― Isabel Allende Click to Tweet
  75. “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”― Albert Camus Click to Tweet
  76. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”― Ernest Hemingway Click to Tweet
  77. “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”― Anaïs Nin Click to Tweet
  78. “I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”― James A. Michener Click to Tweet
  79. “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”― Thomas Mann Click to Tweet
  80. “You always get more respect when you don’t have a happy ending.”― Julia Quinn Click to Tweet
  81. “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”― W. Somerset Maugham Click to Tweet
  82. “Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.”― Jules Renard Click to Tweet

 Which quotes are your favorite? Have any more tweetable quotes to share? Do you often share quotes on your Twitter feed? 

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