I Quote: “…..”

Take a familiar quote or adage and let it inspire you. This could be essayistic or fictional. Funny would be great, too.

Here are some quotes to get you going, but cyberspace is full of material you can use. Or perhaps you have a favorite saying you are dying to explore.

“I find that the harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Gary Player

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” – Virginia Woolf

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Alternatively, turn a quote or adage on its head and see what happens. For example:

In the springtime, a young man’s fancy turns to love. What else could it turn to? What about a different season?

Familiarity breeds contempt. What else could it breed?

Home is where the heart is. Where else could your heart be? Or what else could you find at home?


  1. I thought “Home is where the art is” would be clever … till I realised it is (or was) the title of a reality TV series on the BBC, 2019-2020. “Amateur artists compete to win a special new commission for one paying homeowner, creating artworks for people they’ve never met.”
    I’ve never seen it, but now I want to!

  2. TV and journalists – think The Economist and Financial Times – are great at playing with well known quotes as headline eye catchers.

  3. I hope Virginia Woolf was wrong about “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Have neither, but still write!

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