Enjoy this variety of writing prompts drawn from quotations by famous characters and people!



1. Star Wars

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”

That quote is from the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Have you ever looked at something and been confused or tricked by what you saw? When have your eyes deceived you? Write your story.

quotations2. Robert Louis Stevenson

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

1. What do you think Stevenson means by his quote?
2. Do you think it is wise to keep your fears to yourself?
3. At what time would it be wise to keep your fears to yourself?
4. Write about a time when you shared your courage with others.


3. William Saroyan

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.”

1. Is it true that people gain wisdom when they fail?
2. What wisdom have you learned from one of your failures?

Answer either of those questions in a paragraph. Include an example from real life or from a book or movie.


4. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne was the wife of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, and she chronicled her life and their travels together in many books.

In Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead, she documents her early married life as she tries to learn Morse Code so she can travel in the plane with Charles and be his radio operator. She was so successful that she set a record at that time for the farthest plane-to-land radio transmission. Together she and her husband were instrumental in planning and flying some of the first air routes still used today around the globe.

In her book, she also tells of sadder, tragic days: Their oldest son, not yet two years old, was kidnaped and murdered.

Here’s a quote from her:

“Don’t wish me happiness—I don’t expect to be happy. It’s gotten beyond that, somehow.
Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor—I will need them all.”

If you could not have happiness, what qualities would you want instead?


5. Sam Levenson

“Any kid who has the parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn’t poor.”

Parents who are interested in him. A houseful of books. Do you agree with Sam Levenson?

If you were to write that quote, what would you say? Fill in the blank below and then explain your answer in one or two sentences:

“If I have __________________________________, I won’t be poor.”



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