I love this idea of quoting a writer as it pertains to writing. A quote that influence, inspired, leave a mark on your psyche. For mine as far as who said it..sorry, don’t remember his name, having a malfunction of my gray matter. He was being interviewed or was on a panel discussion on the process of writing or growing a character.
In essence he said
“…as a writer the characters reveal themselves to the writer. They start as a shadow, a distant mirage moving toward you. As they get closer the image is sharper ending with the revelation that we as writers gladly take credit for…”
That was the coolest thing I’d ever heard a writer say. Some others that I found that now have me digging for their work:
“It is perectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brillantly” – C.J. Cherryh
” Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards”
– Robert A. Heinein
“if you wish to be a writer, write.” – Epictetus