"Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others."
"If one waits for the right time to come before writing, the right time never comes."
-James Russell Lowell
"Honesty is the essence of eloquence."
"You can never be sure that what you write is any good...If you have to be sure, don't write."
Creators and artists possess the capacity "To see a World in a Grain of Sand/And a Heaven in a Wild Flower."
"We are all bastards, but God loves us anyway."
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
What I Believe
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love that is the soul of genius."
-Wolfgang A. Mozart
"Joy comes to those who have the heart to convert their pain into art."
-John D. Engle, Jr.
"When the Muse comes, She doesn't tell you to write/She says, get up for a minute, I've something to show you, stand here."
"Never lose a holy curiosity."
"There are two ways of spreading light:To be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it."
"Be what you is 'cuz if you be what you ain't, then you ain't what you is."(I didn't make this up, I swear!)
"Be dignified enough to make your statement. Don't leave the earth until you do."
"The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe."
"The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question."
"The real artist is the one who has learned to recognize and to render what Joyce has called the 'radiance' of all things, as an epiphany or showing forth of their truth."
"The sacred obligation of the poet is to find, is it not?"
"Writing poetry is like daring to dance with the demons inside you. A poem is a howl against the darkness around us."
"If you write, you're a writer. You need no one else's validation."
-Marshall J. Cook
"Be mundane and commonplace in your life so you can be insane in your art."
"I'm suggesting that one try to listen to one's heart. And tell the truth."
"I do know that great art can only be created out of love..."
"Ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night, must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question with a strong and simple 'I must', then build your life according to this necessity; your life even into its most indifferent and slightest hour must be a sign of this urge and a testimony to it."
-Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letter To A Young Poet