The Best Maya Angelou Quotes For Writers

By on June 25, 2020

The revered Maya Angelou certainly had a lot to say about writers, and her advice has helped many of us find inspiration, courage and motivation when times are tough. Here are some of her best quotes for writers:

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“I don’t know about lying for novelists. I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they’re telling the truth. The fact is they’re using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they’re telling the truth about the human being — what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other.”

“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.”

“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I’m trying for that. But I’m also trying for the language. I’m trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for what it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

“Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and they’re going to find me out.”

“I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”

“Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.”

These words of wisdom from one of the most celebrated writers of our time are certainly ones that every writer should take to heart. So the next time you are in the need for some encouragement, inspiration and advice, use the above to give you guidance, to help you reignite your passion for writing once more. 

Bethany Cadman

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