Five Great Quotations about Writing as Immortality

“If you would not be forgotten, /as soon as you are dead and rotten,/either write things worth reading,/or do things worth the writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words – the words live on for as long as there are readers to see them, audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered.” – J. Michael Straczynski

“The writer is important only by dint of the territory he colonizes.” – Van Wyck Brooks

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling

“As writers we intend to make a difference, to alter people’s lives for the greater good. . .this is why we write, to have an impact on society, to put a personal stamp on history…Art and literature are the legacies we leave to succeeding generations. We’ll be forgotten, but our books and essays, our stories and poems can survive us…” – Lee Gutkind