Why we write

I am compiling a list of inspirational quotes for my Creative Writing students. Their task will be to try and write their own or sum-up why they love to write.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

The only thing that can save the world is reclaiming the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.– Allen Ginsberg.

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.– Leonard Cohen

A fact is not a truth until you love it.– John Keats

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.~Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.
~Samuel Johnson

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
– Joan Didion

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