Words of Wisdom

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart

Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.

Beyoncé Knowles Carter

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.

Estée Lauder

The key to success is to start before you’re ready.

Marie Forleo

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

Bob Marley

I’m sort of in love with what I don’t know. I’m in awe of what is not explainable or predictable.

Meryl Streep

We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.

Sheryl Sandberg

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

J.K. Rowling

Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.

Oprah Winfrey

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

Others will always seek to define you based on what they think you represent or who they think you are. But you have to be the one to control what you do and what you say and how you present yourself.

Loretta Lynch

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

Arianna Huffington

We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place – or not to bother.

Jane Goodall

I will never have this version of me again, let me slow down and be with her.

Rupi Kaur

The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.

Rachel Anders

If you hear a voice within you say “You cannot paint”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Stories have a way that they can change our hearts and our minds – they can help us see each other in a new light and have empathy to recognize that for all our diversity, we are human first.

Jane Fonda

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Marie Curie

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

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

C.S. Lewis

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf… That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We shall never know how much good a simple smile can do.

Mother Teresa

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.

Harper Lee

The way to bring about change is to be proactive and active.

Octavia Spencer

Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.

Christopher Paolini

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

Malala Yousafzai

Rarely are opportunities presented to you in the perfect way, in a nice little box with a yellow bow on top… Opportunities, the good ones, they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognise. They’re risky. They challenge you.

Susan Wojcicki

We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Anne Frank

A holiday isn’t a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun.

Louisa May Alcott

For somehow, not only for Christmas, but all the long year through, the joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you.

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all.

Helen Mirren

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

Shirley Chisholm

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.

Oprah Winfrey

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking.

Margaret Chase Smith

It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it. Trying is so important.

Meryl Streep

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.

Margaret Thatcher

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

Eleanor Roosevelt

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.

Sheryl Sandberg

It’s okay to not be looking at what everyone else is looking at all of the time.

Amy Poehler

Memories of our lives, of our works, and our deeds will continue in others.

Rosa Parks

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.

Michelle Obama

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.

Florence Nightingale

You could certainly say that I never underestimated myself, there’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.

Angela Merkel

Everyone wants to be seen. Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to be recognised as the person they are and not a stereotype or an image.

Loretta Lynch

Don’t be humble, you aren’t that great.

Golda Meir

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

If you take care of your mind, you take care of the world.

Arianna Huffington

Don’t sit down and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them.

Madam C.J. Walker

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained.

Marie Curie

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss

Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.

Mother Teresa

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anaïs Nin

Failure is impossible.

Susan B. Anthony

What we do and say and show really matters.

Christiane Amanpour

Starting a novel isn’t so different from starting a marriage. The dreams you pin on these people are enormous.

Ann Patchett

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou

People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.

Neil Gaiman

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

J.K. Rowling

Stepping from the title to the first lines is like stepping into a canoe. A lot of things can go wrong.

Billy Collins

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

A.A. Milne

Be open to change: just because it’s typed on your lovely computer, it doesn’t mean it’s any good.

Tracy Chevalier

A writer, like an athlete, must “train” every day. What did I do today to keep in “form”?

Susan Sontag

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.


We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney

There were a lot of gods. Gods always come in handy, they justify almost anything.

Margaret Atwood

I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you.

Reese Witherspoon

Good things can happen when you’re being silly. Does that mean smoking a joint sometimes? For me it does.

Armistead Maupin

We are the hero of our own story.

Mary McCarthy

Burn your bra.


The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts and the stupid ones are full of confidence.

Charles Bukowski

A fanatic is always a fellow that is on the opposite side.

Will Rogers

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?

L. Frank Baum

A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.

George Orwell

Keep your butt in the chair. You do it at the same time every day. You never wait for inspiration – it’s ridiculous. It will never come.

Anne Lamott

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it’s important.

Eugene McCarthy

Don’t give up your job. Get up earlier, make the space. If it matters to you, make it matter.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

There is no place like home.

L. Frank Baum

I don’t want to be struck by lightning and don’t need certain slants of light in order to write.

Toni Morrison

I want to get my book about the future finished by the end of the summer. It advances slowly – and the future becomes more and more appalling with every chapter.

Aldous Huxley

I love the smell of food.

Joseph Heller

The world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.

Horace Walpole

Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom.

Jeanette Winterson

Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.

Margaret Atwood

I don’t care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right.


Well-behaved women rarely make history.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Now, everything is funny, as long as it is happening to somebody else.

Will Rogers

One man with courage makes a majority.


I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Are not there little chapters in everybody’s life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?

William Makeapeace Thackeray

He has been marked by the past, and once that happens, nothing can be done about it. Something happens and then it goes on happening forever.

Paul Auster

When the going gets tough, choose your cliché.

Joanne M. Harris

The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful.

Zadie Smith

Everybody has to feel superior to somebody. But it’s customary to present a little proof before you take the privilege.

Truman Capote

Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.

Charlie Mackesy

A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

L. Frank Baum

You give the air of looking for someone. But I think the missing person is yourself.

John le Carré

Memory believes before knowing remembers.

William Faulkner

Each time you happen to me all over again.

Edith Wharton

Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

Italo Svevo

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.

Jane Austen

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Walt Kelly

It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.

Agatha Christie

According to their rules, any sin is acceptable provided it is carried off in good taste.

Evelyn Waugh

Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

Aldous Huxley

There’s a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours – days, if I have to.

Jennifer Egan

One’s prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full.

Muriel Spark

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

Lewis Carroll

It doesn’t matter that you are not here in person as long as you are here in my heart.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Writers have to get used to launching something beautiful and watching it crash and burn.

Ursula K. le Guin

It doesn’t matter where you write so long as you have the walls, typewriter, paper, beer. You can write out of a volcano pit.

Charles Bukowski

Sometimes I think of the books I’ll never read that would have changed my life.

Jonathan Safran Foer

We do not inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.


Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.

Margaret Atwood

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.

D.H. Lawrence

A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.

Isabel Allende

There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than a book.

Patti Smith

Common sense is not so common.


If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.


You see things and you say: why? But I dream things that never were, and I say: why not?

George Bernard Shaw

I’ve reached that age where my brain goes from “You probably shouldn’t say that” to “What the hell, let’s see what happens”.


It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.


Rules are like pie crust, made to be broken.


Truth is stranger than fiction.

Lord Byron

Sometimes I have to tell myself: “It’s just not worth the jail time.”


I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

Robert McCloskey

He who has a why to live for can endure almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.

Robert S. Eliot

My entire life can be summed up in one sentence… “Well, that didn’t go as planned.”


You’re only here for a short while so be sure to stop and smell the flowers.

Walter Hagen

Experience is merely the name we give our mistakes.


The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot

Professionals built the Titanic. Amateurs built the Ark.


The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.

Charles de Gaulle

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.


Insanity consists of doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result.


Be nice to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down.

Wilson Mizner

I tried to be normal once. Worst two minutes of my life.


All the things I like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening.

Alexander Woollcott

What I’m really concerned about is reaching one person.

Jorge Luis Borges

Uncomplicate yourself.

Marcus Aurelius

Every time we try to eat healthy, along comes Christmas, Easter, summer, Friday or Tuesday and ruins it for us.


The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

Charles Baudelaire

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken

Self-criticism, like self-administered brain surgery, is perhaps not a good idea.

Joyce Carol Oates

I’m so old, I can remember going through a whole day without taking a picture of anything.


I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.

Thomas Jefferson

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by ignorance.

Robert Heinlein

When somebody says, ‘This is not about money, it’s the principle of the thing’, it’s about money.

Kin Hubbard

Sarcasm. Because slapping people in the face is illegal.


Whenever I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.

J.P. McEvoy

I would rather have my column on one thousand refrigerator doors than win a Pulitzer.

Ann Landers

I don’t care where we eat… As long as it’s not the 7 places you just named.


Worst of all I fear mediocrity.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like Ancient Egypt.

Ray Bradbury

Adulthood has shown me that you really don’t need fun to have alcohol.


If you steal from one person, it’s plagiarism. If you steal from several, it’s called research.

Wilson Mizner

Everyone has a hidden talent they don’t know about until the tequila is poured.


Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly

I regret every nap I never took.


There is no hope for an idea that at first does not seem insane.


Dying is no big deal, the least of us will manage that. Living is the trick.

Red Smith

The first draft of anything is shit.

Ernest Hemingway

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

Irina Dunn

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Life is long if you know how to use it.


Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes – including you.

Anne Lamott

Follow the accident, fear the fixed plan – that is the rule.

John Fowles

A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.