Whether you’re an aspiring writer or just an avid book reader, we all need a bit of inspiration from time to time. It helps us see the positive when we’re feeling down, allows us to feel grateful for the good things in our life when we might only be seeing the bad, and it can sometimes inspire a story or two. Quotes by famous authors and poets can act as powerful tools, and it’s no surprise that some of the most world’s most celebrated authors have crafted some beautifully moving quotes.
So, we’ve gathered some of our favourite inspirational writing quotes from influential authors, playwrights and poets to lift your mood and reignite your creative spirit. And, if you’re left feeling inspired to pick up a pen, we’ve also put together a list of the iconic pen brands loved by authors.
10 Inspirational Quotes by Famous Authors and Poets
- “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
– JK Rowling (Harry Potter series)
- “Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories.”
– George RR Martin (Game of Thrones)
- “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for the others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
– AA Milne (Winnie The Pooh)
- “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
– Stephen King (The Shining)
- “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use reading it at all.”
– Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)
- “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.”
– Ernest Hemingway (To Have and Have Not)
- “The love of books is among the choicest gifts of the gods.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)
- “The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”
– JM Barrie (Peter Pan)
- “I try to avoid looking forward or backward and try to keep looking upward.”
– Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)
- “A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.”
– Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
We all have to get a little bit of inspiration from somewhere and, there really is no better place to look than some of the best quotes by writers, past and present. Now, take a look at the iconic pens used by some of our favourite authors.
Iconic Pens Used by Famous Authors
- Arthur Conan Doyle – Parker Duofold
Arthur Conan Doyle brought our favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes, to life using the classic Parker Duofold fountain pen, one of the finest and most excellent writing tools around.
- Ernest Hemingway – Montegrappa
An icon of 20th century American literature, Ernest Hemingway authored ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. Hemingway loved using a Montegrappa fountain pen, so much so that Montegrappa has dedicated a collection to him. The Ernest Hemingway Writer fountain pen is a stunning exclusive and engraved pen that honours the writer’s legacy and makes for a special addition to any pen collection.
- Stephen King – Waterman Hemisphere
Stephen King has created some of the most-loved pieces of fiction, especially for lovers of horror. ‘The Shining’, ‘Carrie’, ‘It’, ‘Pet Sematary’, ‘Cujo’, ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘The Outsiders’, to name but a few of his works. For King, Waterman fountain pens, in particular, Waterman Hemisphere pens, are one of his writing tools of choice.
- Peter Straub – Visconti
Another legend in the world of horror fiction is Peter Straub, who wrote books including ‘Ghost Story’, ‘Lost Boy, Lost Girl’ and ‘The Talisman’. He has been known to write using Visconti fountain pens, which are some of the most stunning and luxurious pens available.
- Sylvia Plath – Sheaffer
Sylvia Plath was an American writer and poet, best known for writing ‘The Bell Jar’, ‘Ariel’ and ‘Lady Lazarus’. It is also known that Plath favoured using a Sheaffer fountain pen, an elegant and high-quality writing tool.
We hope that you’re feeling inspired by some of our favourite quotes by famous authors and poets and the writing tools used to bring their best stories to life. It’s also interesting to know your favourite authors’ takes on life, and perhaps bring some of their philosophies into your own day-to-day.
Remember the wise words of Roald Dahl: “a little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest man” and, remember not to take life too seriously. Whenever we are feeling down or a little bit hopeless, there are always books!