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The Friday Five - Motivational Quotes

All right, fine. I forgot about you today because I haven't done The Friday Five in a while. When I realized it was a Friday morning and y'all would want TFF, I scrambled to come up with a topic. I got it. Something we can all use, some motivational quotes. Whether you're writing your first novel or your hundredth, there are times when one little kink can throw you off or sales aren't going like you hoped or the world just dumped on you and you wonder how you're going to go on. You just need some booze, uh, uplifting words to get you going. I know, I've been there and can go there at any time.

#1) "Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1864)

#2) "Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize." - Henry James (1843-1916), from his essay about the rules of writing.

#3) "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions down out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

#4) "Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity." - Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

#5) "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it." - Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, 09/03

Feeling motivated now? Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and do something. Write, be, do. Happy Friday, kids.


  1. These are all great, number 5 is my fav!

  2. I love Oprah, she's so inspiring. And Steve Jobs. He had some really powerful quotes. I could've done a whole post on him.

  3. I really like something Joe Paterno often said, "Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves." It really helps me put life into perspective and get something done, since I'm not bogged down by perfectionism or that need to eat the whole cake at one time :D


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