I have a secret: I keep a file of quotes I love to inspire my writing.
Typically, they’re descriptive quotes that improve a person’s writing, such as:
Isn’t that a beautiful sentence? You can picture the dogs immediately and, while there isn’t a specific species mentioned, we probably all have the same visual.
And, while not a single sentence, I love this description about a morning routine:
I am gently awakened between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning by the sweet calls of the downy-throated songbirds welcoming me into a new day. I arise and dine on a firm scramble of eggs, laid at dawn by my cluck of heirloom chickens, and sip coffee from the rarest Kopi Luwak bean, harvested deep in the Sumatran jungle.
So after that… you can imagine that I flit to my desk and dip the nib of my fountain pen in the corner inkwell, and the marketing insights spill out of me onto the page with the same intensity as the yolks of those heirloom eggs as they spread across my breakfast plate.
After I read that, I vowed to be much more entertaining in my writing, but it’s not easy. The woman has a gift!
On Working Hard
To get there, though, I refer often to my file of quotes and I thought it’d be fun to share some of them here with you.
We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. — Arianna Huffington
Working hard is way more fun. If you had to goof off 40 hours a week, you couldn’t do it. It would drive you crazy. — Manoj Bhargava
Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things. — Byron Dorgan
My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day. — Johnny Carson
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. — Winston Churchill
On Women’s Empowerment
Women attribute their success to working hard, luck, and help from other people. Men will attribute that—whatever success they have, that same success—to their own core skills. — Sheryl Sandberg
We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. — Beyonce
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. — Margaret Thatcher
A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. — Eleanor RooseveltIf you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. — Anita Roddick
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. — Thomas Edison
It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time. — Mark Cuban
Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it. — Unknown
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. — Michael Jordan
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just Beautiful Writing
Your Favorite Quotes
And now the floor is yours.
What are some of your favorite quotes?
Do you have a file of beautifully written sentences?
Let’s see ’em!