“If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.”
– Kingsley Amis

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“It is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

“Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.”
– Anthony Burgess

“In good writing, words become one with things.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”
– Robert Frost

“The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can’t tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.”
– John Gardner

“We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”
– John Gardner

“It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.”
– L P. Hartley

“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”
– Alfred Hitchcock

“Stories are living and dynamic. Stories exist to be exchanged. They are the currency of Human Growth.”
– Jean Houston

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”
– Z.N. Hurston

“The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.”
– Carl Gustav Jung

“I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain.”
– Audre Lorde

“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?”
– Marcell Marceau

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
– Somerset Maugham

“I write to become understood. After I had published my first novel many people started ethusiaticly commenting it. I had tried to talk about the same things in normal conversation, but my message hadn’t gone through. Now I found a channel for it.”
– Raija Oranen

“Everything changes when you change.”
– Jim Rohn

“If the sex scene doesn’t make you want to do it – whatever it is they’re doing – it hasn’t been written right.”
– Sloan Wilson

“Sharing our stories can also be a means of healing. Grief and loss may isolate us, and anger may alienate us. Shared with others, these emotions can be powerfully uniting, as we see that we are not alone, and realize that others weep with us.”
– Susan Wittig Albert

“Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered ‘ I ‘ who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even contradictory versions of ourselves that we create for different occasions, different audiences… Most important, as we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize that what we understand and imagine about ourselves is a story. And when we know all this, we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves whole.”
– Susan Wittig Albert

The above quotes (and many more) can be found on “Quotes About Writing.“