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79 Most Famous Mesmerizing Quotes from Well-Known Authors

Words can touch someone’s hearts and the stories told by famous writers will make us travel into different worlds with our imagination.

These famous writers prove that we are not alone even after a terrible breakup or loss of a loved one as they continue to inspire us and introduce remarkable wisdom and hope to our lives.

79 Mesmerizing Quotes from Well-Known Authors

Here are some of the most wonderful and mesmerizing quotes from well-known authors that will definitely brighten your day.

1. “Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.” – Ray Bradbury

2. “Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.” – Henry David Thoreau

3. “If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.” – David Brin

4. “Read, read, and read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” – William Faulkner

5. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck

6. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling

7. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

8. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard

9. “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle

10. “The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” – Roy T. Bennett

11. “You willed yourself to where you are today, so will yourself out of it.” – Stephen Richards

12. “We’re born alone, we live alone, and we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion of the moment that we’re not alone.” – Orson Welles

13. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King

14. “Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” – Elbert Hubbard

15. “Everything is hard before it is easy.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

16. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

17. “Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” — Stephen Chbosky

18. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide

19. “My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.” – Anton Chekhov

20. “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” – Franz Kafka

21. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

22. “Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself.” – William J. H. Boetcker

23. “The goal is to learn to be nurturing with yourself so you can feel free.” – Deborah Day

24. “The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

25. “We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” — Ray Bradbury

26. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

27. “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.” – Erica Jong

28. “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.” ― Hermann Hesse

29. “It’s so hard to forget the pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” — Chuck Palahniuk

30. “It hurt because it mattered.” — John Green

31. “Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win.” — Stephen King

32. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” — Herman Hesse

33. “We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.” — Brad Meltzer

34. “Life’s not fair; why should I be?” — Margaret Atwood

35. “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and the only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver

36. “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” — Oscar Wilde

37. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. “Sooner or later even the fastest runners have to stand and fight.” — Stephen King

39. “I want to taste glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.” — Sylvia Plath

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

41. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” — Maya Angelou

42. “And in the end, we were all just humans… drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

43. “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner

44. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson

45. “Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” –Ralph Ellison

46. “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

47. “There are chords in the hearts of the most reckless which cannot be touched without emotion.” — Edgar Allen Poe

48. “It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still love it.” — Oscar Wilde

49. “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” — John Muir

50. “Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.” — Ayn Rand

51. “To thine own self be true.” — William Shakespeare

52. “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” — Rumi

53. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

54. “I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde

55. “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

56. “Trust our heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” — E.E. Cummings

57. “Have faith have faith. When you have nothing else have faith.” — Francine Rivers

58. “Rock solid became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K Rowling

59. “Life is tough my darling, but so are you.” — Stephanie Bennett Henry

60. “Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there.” — Cheryl Strayed

61. “To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” — Aristotle

62. “When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

63. “Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself.” — Chelsea Handler

64. “Dwell on the possibility.” — Emily Dickinson

65. “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.” ― Jane Austen

66. “Don’t let your past dictate your future.” ― Chris Mentillo

67. “But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master–something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. He may lay down rules and devise principles, and to rules and principles it will perhaps for years lie in subjection; and then, happy without any warning of revolt, there comes a time when it will no longer consent.” ― Charlotte Brontë

68. “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” ― Charles Dickens

69. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ― William Wordsworth

70. “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” – Charlotte Brontë

71. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost

72. “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.” – Soren Kierkegaard

73. “What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

74. “We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.” – Thomas Fuller

75. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

76. “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” – Henri Frédéric Amiel

77. “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burns as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

78. “Life’s splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, and not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.” – Franz Kafka

79. “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


The power of well-known authors does create a huge influence on everyone who is chanced to come upon their writings.

These authors or writers I’ve mentioned above do not only whip up stories which leave their readers enchanted with every chapter in each page, they also empower people with inspirational quotes that reflect their life’s setbacks and struggles and how they strive for success, chose their journey to the right path.

And most importantly, they inspire people to accept and face any problem life may throw at them with strong will and hope. Words of wisdom give individuals who’ve been touched the grips to carry on whatever phases of their life they are going through.