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  • "Over the years, I've learned that, sometimes, you just have to punch your way through" -- Captain Janeway, my idol & heroine ❤
  • "Writing or making anything - a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake - has self-respect in it. You're working. You're trying. You're not lying down on the ground, having given up." -- Sharon Olds
  • "Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping" -- Jean Cocteau
  • "I still write for the same reason I wrote when I was nine years old: to speak more perfectly than I really can, to a listener more perfect than any I know" -- Rosellen Brown
  • "I really believe that nothing is worth making fun of unless it is worth taking seriously" -- Tom Lehrer
  • "Much of our lives involves the word 'no.' In school we are mostly told, 'Don't do it this way. Do it that way.' But art is the big yes. In art, you get a chance to make something where there was nothing." -- Marvin Bell
  • "You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different worlds on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write." -- Annie Proulx
  • "Writing is a kind of revenge against circumstance too: bad luck, loss, pain. If you make something out of it, then you’ve no longer been bested by these events." -- Louise Glück
  • "Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos (no less)" -- John Cheever