Great lives become great stories. And the best of these stories inspire us to lead our own tales – navigating our chapters with courage and ultimately transforming ourselves into wholly original characters.

Whether you’re a writer too (you’re in great company!), or you’re just seeking a creative spark today, enjoy these pearls from the timeless world of books and letters.

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it – Toni Morrison
We are the tellers of our own tales. In twenty years, will your story be worth reading?

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth
Live furiously – let everything you create resonate with who you are – your spirit, your mind, your voice.

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible – Vladimir Nabakov
The beginning is always one word away from happening. The starting point is waiting to be discovered.

It’s never too late to be what you might have been – George Eliot
The time to worry about the story’s ending is when we reach it. Until then, keep developing the character you have set yourself to become.

Let the world burn through you; throw the prism light, white hot, on paper – Ray Bradbury
Truth comes from the heart and is often spoken with the pen. Record and write down everything, as it exists – dreams, failures, hopes and all.

About the Author: Mike McCormick is a subway-surfing writer from New York City with a passion for history, literature, and philosophy. When he isn’t writing for the web, you can find him typing novels into his smart phone during rush hour.