27 Incredible Steven Pressfield Quotes

Steven Pressfield is a world renowned historical fiction writer from Trinidad. He has a truly miraculous journey to success, which he documents in his detailed book, The War of Art. Enjoy this wonderful collection of Steven Pressfield quotes.

“All of us need to begin to think in terms of our own inner strengths, our resilience and resourcefulness, our capacity to adapt and to rely upon ourselves and our families.”

“At the end of the day, I ask myself only one question. I don’t ask myself, ‘Di I write anything good today?’ I don’t ask myself, ‘Did I write a lot today?’ I only ask myself, ‘Did I
Overcome resistance today?'”

“Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got.”

“Fear of success is the essence of resistance.”

“Get to the end as if the devil himself were breathing down your neck and poking you in the butt with his pitchfork. Believe me, he is.”

“I knew I wanted to write novels, but I could not finish what I started. The closer I got, the more ways I’d find to screw it up.”


“I like the idea of stubborness because it’s less lofty than “tenacity” or “perseverance”. We don’t have to be heroes to be stubborn. We can juust be pains in the butt.”

“If you want to send a manuscript, send it to an agent. And send a letter first, asking permission. Launch it into the real world of cold blooded commercial response, not into the
fantasyland of wishful thinking, cowardice and surrender to resistance.”

“If you’re paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”

“Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance.”

“No industry is immune and no occupation is safe.”

“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some idea we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”

“Research can become resistance. We want to work, not prepare to work.”

“Resistance is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

“Start before you’re ready. Don’t prepare. Begin.”

“Stay stupid. Follow your unconventional crazy heart.”

“The amateur tweets. The pro works.”

“The artist must be like that Marine. He has to know how to be miserable. He has to love being miserable.”

“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The real one is scared to death.”

“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.”

“The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistance you will feel.”

“The opposite of fear is love, love the challenge, love the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.”

“The pain of not doing it is worse than the pain of doing it.”

“There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to change our destiny.”

“What comes first is the idea, the passion, the dream of the work we are so excited to create that it scares the hell out of us.”

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


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