20 Inspirational Quotes from Famous Authors

Words of wisdom from writers.

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Anais Nin

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age." (brainyquote.com)

Anne Rice

"Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty." (quotationspage.com)

Ayn Rand

"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." (Atlas Shrugged)

Elizabeth Wurtzel

"Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it." (thinkexist.com)

Emily Dickinson

"Fame is a bee.

It has a song—

It has a sting—

Ah, too, it has a wing."


(from the poem, Fame is a Bee)

Harper Lee

"Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." (thinkexist.com)

Anna Quindlen

"I can't think of anything to write about except families. They are a metaphor for every other part of society." (quotationspage.com)

J.K. Rowling

"It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends." (quotationspage.com)

Margaret Atwood

"We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly." (thinkexist.com)

Maya Angelou

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean." (brainyquote)

Barbara Walters

"Show me someone who never gossips, and I will show you someone who is not interested in people." (thinkexist.com)

Chelsea Handler

“It's been my experience that people who make proclamations about themselves are usually the opposite of what they claim to be.” (from Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

"It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with." (brainyquote.com)

Tina Fey

“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”(from Bossypants)

Julia Alvarez

"The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on." (tripod.com)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"He lives most life whoever breathes most air." (brainyquote.com)

Agatha Christie

"I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find—at the age of 50, say—that a whole new life has opened before you." (quotationspage.com)

Edwidge Danticat

“Love is like the rain. It comes in a drizzle sometimes. Then it starts pouring and if you're not careful it will drown you.”(from Breath, Eyes, Memory)

Zora Neale Hurston

"There are years that ask questions and years that answer." (thinkexist.com)

Margaret Mitchell

"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was." (quotationspage.com)


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First Published January 10, 2012

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