Quotes on what forces motivate writers - unapologetically lifted from "Why I write" by George Orwell.
  1. Sheer egoism
    "The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about 30 they abandon individual ambition - in many cases, indeed, they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all - and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery. But there is also a minority of gifted, wilful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class."
  2. Aesthetic enthusiasm
    "The aesthetic motive is very feeble in a lot of writers, but even a pamphleteer or a writer of textbooks will have pet words and phrases which appeal to him for non-utilitarian reasons."
  3. Historical impulse
    "Desire to see things as they are."
  4. Political purpose
    "Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people's idea of the kind of society that they should strive after."