Feeling Like Quitting

Sunday, August 8, 2010 – Feeling Like Quitting

Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin. ~ Stanislaw J. Lec

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed. ~ Walter Lippmann

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. ~ Richard Bach

I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing. ~ Paul Cezanne

Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts. ~ Ruth Gordon

Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past. ~ Lily Tomlin

Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away. ~ John Steinbeck

Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. Quitting acting, that’s the sign of maturity. ~ Marlon Brando

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it. ~ W. C. Fields

Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit. ~ George Carlin

I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I’d just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway. ~ Jack Handy

Quit while you’re ahead. All the best gamblers do. ~ Baltasar Gracian

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill. ~ Babe Ruth

Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it. ~ Whitey Herzog

You always say “I’ll quit when I start to slide” – and then one morning you wake up and realize you’ve done slid. ~ Sugar Ray Robinson

I quit flying years ago. I don’t want to die with tourists. ~ Billy Bob Thornton

I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back. ~ Richard Lewis

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. ~ Henny Youngman

I won’t quit to become someone’s old lady. ~ Janis Joplin

I won’t quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic. ~ Jack Lemmon

It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired – you quit when the gorilla is tired. ~ Robert Strauss

The problem with self-improvement is knowing when to quit. ~ David Lee Roth

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ~ Albert Einstein

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors. ~ Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. ~ Lewis Carroll

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. ~ Orson Welles

Could it think, the heart would stop beating. ~ Fernando Pessoa