45 Quotes that Make Great Writing Prompts

Quotes can make great writing prompts. This list is about using quotes for great creative writing.

There are quotes you know, quotes you don’t, and prompts that challenge a writer to think in a different way and embrace changes in style.

How to Use Prompts

These prompts are a bit different. They are a list of quotes meant to inspire. Take these as inspiration for a great story, explain how it applies to you, relate something to it, or even just focus on what the main idea is.

Quotes as Prompts

  1. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney
  2. If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey
  4. If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. -James Cameron
  5. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. -John Lennon
  6. When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. -Franklin D. Roosevelt
  7. Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. -Margaret Mead
  8. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
  10. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle
  11. Whoever is happy will make others happy too. -Anne Frank
  12. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
  13. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. -Babe Ruth
  14. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -Helen Keller
  15. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison
  16. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. -Dr. Seuss
  17. Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. -Marilyn Monroe
  18. Love the life you live. Live the life you love. -Bob Marley
  19. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -Helen Keller
  20. Life is made of ever so many partings welded together. -Charles Dickens
  21. Life is trying things to see if they work. -Ray Bradbury
  22. Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston S. Churchill
  23. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. -Henry David Thoreau
  24. The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well. -John D. Rockefeller Jr.
  25. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. -Thomas Jefferson
  26. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. -Barack Obama
  27. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky
  28. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. -Henry Ford
  29. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. -Rosa Parks
  30. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ -Audrey Hepburn
  31. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. -Ayn Rand
  32. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  33. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. -Theodore Roosevelt
  34. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. -Vince Lombardi
  35. You become what you believe. -Oprah Winfrey
  36. An unexamined life is not worth living. -Socrates
  37. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. -George Addair
  38. Dream big and dare to fail. -Norman Vaughn
  39. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop. -Confuscious
  40. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. -Vincent van Gogh
  41. Dreaming, after all, is another form of planning. -Gloria Steinem
  42. Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. -Alexander Graham Bell
  43. I failed my way to success. -Thomas Edison
  44. I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. -Estee Lauder
  45. It’s better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. -Herman Melville

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