As one who enjoys the craft of creating clever sentences, I tend to collect other writers' brilliant quotes. Here are many of my favorites. I will add more as I discover them. Feel free to add your favorite quotes in the comments section!
"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."
"If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad."
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
~C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963).
"A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
~Thomas Mann (1875 - 1955).
"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."
"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one."
"Success = Talent + Dedication + Passion + Luck"
"Language is a piss poor attempt at telepathy is what it is. We try to put our thoughts into each other's heads through language...But half the intended meaning gets lost in the transmission, and the other half is filtered through existing assumptions. Everything is a half truth!That's the whole problem! You can't understand me through the smog of your presumptions and prejudices. Multiply that six billion times and you'll begin to understand the desperation of our global situation."
—Tony Vigorito (Just a Couple of Days)
"Nothing could go wrong because nothing had...I meant "nothing would." No - Then I quit trying to phrase it, realizing that if time travel ever became widespread, English grammar was going to have to add a whole new set of tenses to describe reflexive situations - conjugations that would make the French literary tenses and the Latin historical tenses look simple."
— Robert A. Heinlein (The Door into Summer)
"If you were half as funny as you thought you were, my boy, you'd be twice as funny as you are."
— Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)
"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."
— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
"Tact is just not saying true stuff"
~Cordelia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"True immortality isn't about living forever. It's about what you do with the time you have."
"Am I evil? Am I good? I'm done asking those questions. I don't have the answers. Does anyone?"
"Doctor House. I've heard your name."
"Most people have. It's also a noun."
"This is like a genocide of color. Somewhere a rainbow is weeping."
~Shawn Spencer, Psych
"I like escalators because an escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You'll never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience. We apologize that you can still get up there."
"...no one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away--until the clock they wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone's life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence."
~Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man
"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”
"Never judge a book by its movie."
~J. W. Eagan
"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
"No matter how bad things get, never give up. If you keep trying, there is a 50/50 chance that things could get better. Crappy odds, I know, but if you give up, failure is 100% guaranteed."