Five quotations about writing as self-discovery

“I never feel that I have comprehended an emotion, or fully lived even the smallest events, until I have reflected upon it in my journal; my pen is my truest confidant, holding in check the passions and disappointments that I dare not share even with my beloved.” – Stephanie Barron, “Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

“When you write things down, they sometimes take you places you hadn’t planned.” – Melanie Benjamin, “Alice I Have Been”

“It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.” – Isabel Colegate

“Learn as much by writing as by reading.” – Lord Acton

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” – Joan Didion