Steven Pressfield Quotes

Steven Pressfield (born September 1943) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.

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What finally convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead.

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What force is yanking at our sleeves? This process of self-revision and self-correction is so common we don't even notice. But it's a miracle.

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When a novelist or screenwriter is looking for a subject, the element he's seeking is conflict. Conflict makes drama. Conflict produces great characters and memorable scenes. So war is a natural topic.

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When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life's preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred, for words." -Suicide (Gates of Fire)

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When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottomless, inexhaustible well of passion.

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When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us... Ideas come. Insights accrete.

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When we're living as amateurs, we're running away from our calling - meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves.

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When you're a working writer, sooner or later friends and acquaintances will get you alone and confide that they, too, have a book in them.

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You and I may only be mortals, with all the foolishness and fallibility that that state implies, but we're mortals made in the image of heaven. The gods can't do their work without us. So let's be bold, in their cause and in our own. It's our job, we humans, to make manifest that which is unmanifest-and to raise into consciousness, in this material dimension, that which had been known before only in heaven.

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You are a writer when you tell yourself you are. No one else's opinion matters. Screw them. You are when you say you are.

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