27 Quotes From Female Writers That Will Inspire You To Create Something Magnificent

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1. “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”

—Sylvia Plath


2. “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

—Anne Sexton


3. “The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”

—Anne Sexton


4. “There is no first, or last in Forever – It is Centre, there, all the time.”

—Emily Dickinson


5. “Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.”

—Marianne Moore


6. “There never was a war that was not inward.”

—Marianne Moore


7. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

—Maya Angelou


8. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

—Maya Angelou


9. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

—Maya Angelou


10. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

—J.K. Rowling


11. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

—J.K. Rowling


12. “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

—J.K. Rowling


13. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

—J.K. Rowling


14. “An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.”

—Margaret Atwood


15. “A word after a word after a word is power.”

—Margaret Atwood


16. “There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.”

—Toni Morrison


17. “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

—Toni Morrison


18. “Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.”

—Toni Morrison


19. “Delete the adjectives and [you’ll] have the facts.”

—Harper Lee


20. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

—Harper Lee


21. “The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.”

—Harper Lee


22. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

—Alice Walker


23. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

—Alice Walker


24. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”

—Alice Walker


25. “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


26. “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.”

—Joan Didion


27. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

—Ayn Rand TC mark

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