“I didn’t have any particular gift in my twenties. I didn’t have any exceptional qualities. It was the persistence and great love of my craft which finally became a discipline, which finally made me a craftsman and a writer.
The only reason I finally was able to say exactly what I felt was because, like a pianist practicing, I wrote every day. There was no more than that.” — Anaïs Nin
“Is it better to be extremely ambitious, or rather modest? Probably the latter is safer; but I hate safety, and would rather fail gloriously than dingily succeed.” — Vita Sackville-West, in a 1928 letter to Virginia Woolf
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anaïs Nin, author of The Diary of Anaïs Nin
“I am more than ever intent upon following a literary career … I have a purpose in view, a task before me, and if I ma use the word, a passion. For the profession of writing is nothing else but a violent, indestructible passion. When once it enters people’s heads, it never leaves them.” — George Sand, from a letter, 1831