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Extracto Literarium

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In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.

Pearl S. Buck

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The best way to become more creative is to create nothing.

Ilchi Lee

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An incurable itch for scribbling takes possession of many, and grows inveterate in their insane breasts.

Juvenal

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Write against patterns. Go against the devils. Write what you never write. Lie. Validate what you donít validate. Indulge what you donít like. Wallow in it. Write the opposite of what you always write, think, speak. Do everything against the grain!

Deena Metzger

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If you would be a writer, first be a reader. Only through the assimilation of ideas, thoughts and philosophies can one begin to focus his own ideas, thoughts and philosophies.

Allan W. Eckert

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Hunter Thompson

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Life stand still here.

Virginia Woolf

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The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Confucius

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If thereís a book you really want to read, but it hasnít been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison

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Half of being smart is knowing what youíre dumb at.

David Gerrold

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And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

Walt Whitman

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I never quite know when Iím not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, ďDammit, Thurber, stop writing.Ē She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph. Or my daughter will look up from the dinner table and ask, ďIs he sick?Ē

ďNo,Ē my wife says, ďheís writing something.Ē

James Thurber

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I love being a writer. What I canít stand is the paperwork.

Peter De Vries

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Thinking is common to all.

Heraclitus

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If you start to edit as you write, you are climbing into your Ďeditorí self, the self that reads. Youíve done plenty of reading, you donít need practise right now.

Just write.

Sandra Jensen

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Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.

Oscar Wilde

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Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

E. L. Doctorow

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Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own bannister.

Herman Melville

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When I wish to find out how good or how wicked anyone is, or what his thoughts are at the moment, I fashion the expression of my face, as accurately as possible, in accordance with the expression of his, and then wait to see what thoughts or sentiments arise in my own mind or heart, as if to match or correspond with the expression.

Edgar Allan Poe

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Put weather in.

Joseph Hansen

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A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.

Dante Alighieri

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A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.

Charles Peguy

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A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.

Sidney Smith

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Reading and weeping opens the door to oneís heart, but writing and weeping opens the window to oneís soul.

M. K. Simmons

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An artist neednít be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.

Vincent Van Gogh

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No man should ever publish a book until he has first read it to a woman.

Van Wyck Brooks

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The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.

Samuel Johnson

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The best style is the style you donít notice.

Somerset Maugham

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There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again.

H. P. Lovecraft

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

G.K. Chesterton

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This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Dorothy Parker

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If you hear a voice within you say ďyou cannot paint,Ē then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Life itself is a quotation.

Jorge Luis Borges

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Pay attention to the sound of words.

Dave Wolverton

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Too often we opt for the decorative or the superficial, avoiding the beauty that Keats associated with truth Ė the terrible beauty, the terrifying beauty that strips us naked by its presence.

Deena Metzger

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There is no idea so stupid or hackneyed that a sufficiently-talented writer canít get a good story out of it.

Lawrence Watt-Evans

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When God laughs at the soul and the soul laughs back at God, the persons of the Trinity are begotten.

Meister Eckhart

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Writing is a dogís life, but the only life worth living.

Gustave Flaubert

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The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writerís radar and all great writers have had it.

Ernest Hemingway

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I started with all the handicaps, incapabilities, and helplessness. I didnít talk when I was twenty. I taught myself by the act of writing.

AnaÔs Nin

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A manís got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

Ernest Hemingway

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Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant Ė you just donít know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route youíd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place.

Trust your demon.

Roger Zelazny

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ĎWhenever they start talking foreign,í observed John Harris, forecastleman, starboard watch, Ďyou know they are at a stand, and that all is, as you might say, in a matter of speaking, up.í

Patrick OíBrian

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It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldnít give it up because by that time I was too famous.

Robert C. Benchley

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I think we got much better poetry when it was all regarded as sinful or subversive, and you had to hide it under the cushion when somebody came in.

Anthony Trollope

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Thereís no money in poetry, but then thereís no poetry in money either.

Robert Graves

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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T. S. Eliot

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I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.

Anne Frank

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We are all of us failures, at least, the best of us are.

James M. Barrie

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I follow the scent of falling rain and head for the place where it is darkest. I follow the lightning and draw near to the place where it strikes.

Navaho Chant

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There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are.

Somerset Maugham

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If I donít write to empty my mind, I go mad.

Lord Byron

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That terrible mood of depression of whether itís any good or not is what is known as The Artistís Reward.

Hemingway

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You canít wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

Jack London

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Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.

William Butler Yeats

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Most people wonít realise that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.

Katherine Ann Porter

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First thought, best thought.

Allen Ginsberg

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I felt a curious thrill, as if something had stirred in me, half wakened from sleep. There was something very remote and strange and beautiful behind those words, if I could grasp it, far beyond ancient English.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Third thought, best thought.

Frank Conroy

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The First Key is that which opens the dark prisons in which the Sulphur is shut up: this it is which knows how to extract the seed out of the body, and which forms the Stone of the philosophers by the conjunction of the spirit with the body Ė of sulphur with mercury. Hermes has manifestly demonstrated the operation of this First Key by these words: In the caverns of the metals there is hidden the Stone, which is venerable, bright in colour, of mind sublime, and an open sea, the Sea of the Wise, in which they angle for their mysterious Fish. But the operations have a great deal of analogy one to another, to the end that those who have not the Lynxís eyes may pursue wrong, and be lost. Take heed, therefore, not to be deceived here; for it is a truth, that in each work the Wise Artist ought to dissolve the body with the spirit; he must cut off the Ravenís head, whiten the Black, and vivify the White; yet it is properly in the First operation that the Wise Artist cuts off the head of the Black Dragon and of the Raven. Hence, Hermes says: What is born of the Crow is the beginning of this Art. Consider that it is by separation of the black, foul, and stinking fume of the Blackest Black that our astral, white, and resplendent Stone is formed, which contains in its veins the blood of the Pelican. It is at this First Purification of the Stone, and at this shining whiteness, that the work of the First Key is ended.

The Six Keys of Eudoxus

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You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.

James M. Barrie

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Science explains the world, but only Art can reconcile us to it.

Stanislaw Lem

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To look a fool is the secret of a wise man.

Edgar Allen Poe

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Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.

James Joyce

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Easy reading is damn hard writing.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

Stephen King

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

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There are worlds beyond worlds and times beyond times, all of them true, all of them real, and all of them (as children know) penetrating each other.

P. L. Travers

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The hard part is getting to the top of page one.

Tom Stoppard

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When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

Raymond Chandler

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Itís not always easy to tell the difference between thinking and looking out of the window.

Wallace Stevens

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I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.

Aleister Crowley

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The whole process of writing a novel is having this great, beautiful idea and then spoiling it.

Diane Johnson

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Resolve and thou art free.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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When people ask me how I know so much about mankind, they get a simple answer: everything I know about men, I learned from me.

Anton Chekhov

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Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at oneís luck.

Iris Murdoch

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The ancient historians gave us delightful fiction in the form of fact; the modern novelist presents us with dull facts under the guise of fiction.

Oscar Wilde

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Writing is fighting.

Muhammad Ali

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage Ė as long as you edit brilliantly.

C. J. Cherryh

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The effect of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer

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Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

E.L. Doctorow

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I know I was writing stories when I was five. I donít know what I did before that. Just loafed I suppose.

P. G. Wodehouse

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An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.

Mark Twain

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Enter into the object, the whole of its delicate life, feeling as it feels.

Shinkichi Takahashi

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The more skill you have, the further you are from what your deepest love wants.

Rumi

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I keep the subject constantly before me and wait till the first dawnings open little by little into the full light.

Sir Isaac Newton

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He thought and suffered a good deal, but lacked the resolution to dare, the first requsite of a practicioner.

Lawrence Durrell

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The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that youíve got it made.

Jean Giraudoux

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Beauty is not caused. It is.

Emily Dickinson

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We should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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I took a number of stories by popular writers as well as others by Maupassant, O. Henry, Stevenson, etc., and studied them carefully. Modifying what I learned over the next few years, I began to sell.

Louis LíAmour

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An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.

Gustave Flaubert

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All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

Alice Walker

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This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.

Charles Dickens

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What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

Meister Eckhart

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Sometimes you have to go on when you donít feel like it, and sometimes youíre doing good work when it feels like all youíre managing to do is shovel shit from a sitting position.

Stephen King

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How to write a poem? Rip your chest wide open and pour out whatever is crowded there.

Pirjo Zeylon

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To write must be an act devoid of will. The word, like the deep ocean current, has to float to the surface of its own impulse.

Henry Miller

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At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

Lao Tzu

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The secret is to start a story near the ending.

Chris Offut

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Why donít you get a haircut? You look like a chrysanthemum.

P. G. Wodehouse

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A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end Ė but not necessarily in that order.

Jean Luc Godard

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But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

Lord Byron

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God protects those he loves from worthless reading.

J.K. Lavater

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Good writing is true writing.

Hemingway

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Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I donít feel I should be doing something else.

Gloria Steinem

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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury

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The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.

William James

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Iíd like to have money. And Iíd like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if thatís too adorable, Iíd rather have money.

Dorothy Parker

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Writing is turning oneís worst moments into money.

J. P. Donleavy

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The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the other catís mat is a story.

John le Carre

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I guess I donít so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.

Benjamin Franklin

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No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

Henry Brooks Adams

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Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Write what comes up.

Barbara Turner-Vesselago

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You shall know the truth, and it will make you odd.

Flannery OíConnor

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The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its supreme purpose through him.

Carl Jung

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Most writers need to write. I write for money, really. If I won the lottery, I would never write another word. I would rather read.

Clarissa Dickson Wright

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You must not come lightly to the blank page.

Stephen King

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I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.

Harold Ross

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Listening not to me but to the Logos, it is wise to agree that all things are one.

Heraclitus

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Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.

J. Krishnamurti

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I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.

P. G. Wodehouse

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If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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A poet never speaks directly, as to someone at the breakfast table.

William Butler Yeats

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There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.

Doris Lessing

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There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: he may be considered as a story teller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three Ė storyteller, teacher, enchanter Ė but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer.

Vladimir Nabokov

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Outside of a dog, a manís best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, itís too dark to read.

Groucho Marx

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There is no need to imagine before you paint. Painting brings forth imagination.

Kazuaki Tanahashi

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In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.

Geoffrey Cotterell

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If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrelís heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

George Eliot

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I do not write for such dull elves as have not a deal of ingenuity themselves.

Jane Austen

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Read poetry: itís quite hard.

Don Paterson

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Write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting. It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.

Gertrude Stein

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The inner life strengthens the outer life, and vice versa. And it is stories that can unite these two precious worlds Ė one mundane, the other mythic.

Clarrissa Pinkola Estťs

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Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.

Lawrence Kasdan

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Nature is the art of God.

Dante Alighieri

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I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But Iím one of the worldís great rewriters.

James A. Michener

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A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.

Mignon McLaughlin

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One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.

Helen Keller

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Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

Marcus Aurelius

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In composing, as a general rule, run a pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.

Sydney Smith

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Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truth.

Henry Miller

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Dream making emerges from a fundamental desire for intimacy, the love of creation, and the necessity to speak.

Deena Metzger

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I feel that criticism is a letter to the public which the author, since it is not directed to him, does not have to open and read.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Everywhere I go Iím asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they donít stifle enough of them. Thereís many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

Flannery OíConnor

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Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.

Thomas Jefferson to his daughter

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Lighting does occasionally strike and occasionally the result isnít a corpse.

Tillie Olsen

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The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

Kahlil Gibran

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The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

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Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you oíerstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so oíerdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as Ďtwere the mirror up to nature: to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.

William Shakespeare

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I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.

James Michener

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Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.

Carl Jung

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Make a list of everything you must not write about.

Deena Metzger

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The road to ignorance is paved with good editors.

George Bernard Shaw

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You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world.

G.K. Chesterton

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Itís none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

Ernest Hemingway

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Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

Aleister Crowley

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Itís not plagiarism Ė Iím recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do.

Uniek Swain

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Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.

Daphne Du Maurier

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A work of art has an author, and yet, when perfect, it has something which is essentially anonymous about it.

Simone Weil

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You thunder and lightning too much the reader ceases to get under the bed by and by.

Mark Twain

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The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.

Somerset Maugham

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A metaphor is like a simile.

Unknown

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Lifeís enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.

Lord Byron

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I turn sentences around. Thatís my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence. Then I have tea and turn the new sentence around. Then I read the two sentences over and turn them both around. Then I lie down on my sofa and think. Then I get up and throw them out and start from the beginning.

Philip Roth

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If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.

William James

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I try to leave out the parts that people skip.

Elmore Leonard

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An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

Jane Austen

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Ice-cream is exquisite Ė what a pity it isnít illegal.

Voltaire

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I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.

Oscar Wilde

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I firmly believe every book was meant to be written.

Marchette Chute

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If I had to give young writers advice, I would say donít listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

Lillian Hellman

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Nothing is made worse or better by praise.

Marcus Aurelius

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Writerís block is simply a failure of ego.

Norman Mailer

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Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become that path himself.

Henry Miller

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If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldnít brood. Iíd type a little faster.

Isaac Asimov

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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Robert Frost

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Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.

Camille Paglia

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I am a galley slave to pen and ink.

Honore de Balzac

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Thou art God, and I am God and all that groks is God.

Robert Heinlein

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A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

Jane Austen

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth

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When you are describing,
A shape or sound or tint;
Donít state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.

Lewis Carroll

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Novels seem to me to be richer, broader, deeper, more enjoyable than poems.

Philip Larkin

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I write as straight as I can, just as I walk as straight as I can, because that is the best way to get there.

H.G. Wells

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The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.

Frederich Nietzsche

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I never dare to write as funny as I can.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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If the sex scene doesnít make you want to do it Ė whatever it is theyíre doing Ė it hasnít been written right.

Sloan Wilson

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Poetry: the best words in the best order.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The first thing you have to consider when writing a novel is your story, and then your story Ė and then your story!

Ford Madox Ford

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Sometimes I can better describe a person by another personís reaction. In a story in my first book, I couldnít think of a way to sufficiently describe the charisma of a certain boy, so the narrator says, ďI knew girls who saved his gum.Ē

Amy Hempel

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

Robert Heinlein

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Critics sometimes appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing.

Joyce Carol Oates

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An editor should have a pimp for a brother, so heíd have somebody to look up to.

Gene Fowler

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Iím writing a book. Iíve got the page numbers done.

Stephen Wright

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All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

George Orwell

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I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

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Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

Truman Capote

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One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.

Hart Crane

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Writers are just people who have a whole lot on the inside that they need to get to the outside, with pen and paper as their preferred method of transport. Same with dancers, artists, and singers Ė all the same urges with differing transportation.

Graycie Harmon

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Now and again thousands of memories converge, harmonize, arrange themselves around a central idea in a coherent form, and I write a story.

Katherine Anne Porter

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Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Benjamin Franklin

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Why do writers write? Because it isnít there.

Thomas Berger

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Itís not enough to create magic. You have to create a price for magic.

Eric A. Burns

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To accuse others for oneís own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that oneís education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that oneís education is complete.

Epictetus

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I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.

Franz Kafka

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Substitute damn every time youíre inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Mark Twain

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An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.

Francois-Rene, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

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Adults are just obsolete children.

Dr Seuss

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Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.

Ezra Pound

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People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.

Herbert Spencer

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People on the outside think thereís something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isnít like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and thatís all there is to it.

Harlan Ellison

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Bravery never goes out of fashion.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Iíve been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and canít remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice. The only reviewer who ever made an impression on me was Skabichevsky, who prophesied that I would die drunk in the bottom of a ditch.

Anton Chekhov

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True Ease in Writing comes from Art, not Chance,
As those move easiest who have learníd to dance.

Alexander Pope

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Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

Graycie Harmon

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Good things, when short, are twice as good.

GraciŠn

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Art is the proper task of life.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.

Ray Bradbury

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The key to non-anxious sermon-writing is that itís not about me. Itís about the congregation. I honor the fact that the listeners bring more to the sermon than I do. I remind myself of the hundreds of times someone says, ďI loved how you saidÖ,Ē and then tell me things that they heard that were nowhere in my text and that I never said.

Reverend Sean Parker Dennison

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Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

William Blake

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Donít use words too big for the subject. Donít say Ďinfinitelyí when you mean Ďveryí; otherwise youíll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

C. S. Lewis

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What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Poetry gave me back my voice.

Maya Angelou

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Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.

Meg Chittenden

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When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

Erasmus

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Wake the happy words.

Theodore Roethke

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No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament, except to think him overdoing everything.

Zane Grey

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The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

Albert Camus

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I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T. S. Eliot

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I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybodyís head.

John Updike

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Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

Jackson Pollock

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Every writer I know has trouble writing.

Joseph Heller

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Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.

Henry James

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Thereís no such thing as writerís block. That was invented by people in California who couldnít write.

Terry Pratchett

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Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest. The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.

Lord Byron

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The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

Vladimir Nabakov

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Writers have lives, too.

Doug Kurtz

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To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what itís about, but the inner music the words make.

Truman Capote

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Be obscure clearly.

E.B. White

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If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is ďGod is crying.Ē And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is ďProbably because of something you did.Ē

Jack Handy

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Writing well means never having to say, ĎI guess you had to be there.í

Jef Mallett

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The end of a novel, like the end of a childrenís dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plums.

Anthony Trollope

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But novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance. The author may not be aware of this till she is pretty far along with it. A novelís whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing, or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about, and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening or sharpening what is already written. That is finding the theme.

Diane Johnson

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Avoid cliches like the plague. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

William Safire

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Donít tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Anton Chekhov

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The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.

Ray Bradbury

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ĎBegin at the beginning,í the King said, very gravely, Ďand go on till you come to the end: then stop.í

Lewis Carroll

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Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

T. S. Eliot

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Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare, or a witches sabbath or a portrait of the devil; but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare or ring true. Thatís because only a real artist knows the anatomy of the terrible.

H. P. Lovecraft

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If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me.

William Shakespeare

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Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion.

L. Ron Hubbard

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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau

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Never throw up on an editor.

Ellen Datlow

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A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.

W. Somerset Maugham

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Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.

E.L. Doctorow

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Imagine an inner living dimension within yourself in which you create, in miniature psychic form, all the exterior conditions that you know.

Jane Roberts

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Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldnít wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.

Sharon OíBrien

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For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle.

John Cheever

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A gentleman is one who never hurts anyoneís feelings unintentionally.

Oscar Wilde

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I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.

Benjamin Franklin

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The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser

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Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream?

Homer Simpson

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No ideas but in things.

William Carlos Williams

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Writing is its own reward.

Henry Miller

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Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

Ronald Reagan

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Itís hard enough to write a good drama, itís much harder to write a good comedy, and itís hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.

Jack Lemmon

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Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.

Orson Scott Card

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Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

Francis Bacon

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Writing is a struggle against silence.

Carlos Fuentes

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The best time for planning a book is while youíre doing the dishes.

Agatha Christie

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We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.

Paracelsus

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After being turned down by numerous publishers, he had decided to write for Posterity.

George Ade

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There is nothing fantastic or ultradimensional about crab grass...unless you are an sf writer, in which case pretty soon you are viewing crab grass with suspicion. What are itís real motives? And who sent it here in the first place? It only looks like crab grass. Thatís what they want us to think it is. One day the crab grass suit will fall off and their true identity will be revealed. By then the Pentagon will be full of crab grass and itíll be too late. The crab grass, or what we took to be crab grass, will dictate terms.

Phillip K. Dick

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The story is not in the plot but in the telling.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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The conditions of the Transvaal ordinance cannot in the opinion of His Majestyís Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.

Winston Churchill

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Novelists: fashioning nets to sustain and support the reader as he falls helplessly through the chaos of his own existence.

Fay Weldon

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A writerís duty is to register what it is like for him or her to be in the world.

Zadie Smith

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Invent your own mythology or be slave to another manís.

William Blake

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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon

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Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?

Walt Whitman

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A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.

Karl Kraus

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I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal

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Donít worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, youíll have to ram them down peopleís throats.

Howard Aiken

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Getting ahead in a difficult profession Ė singing, acting, writing, whatever Ė requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows and unfair reversals.

Sophia Loren

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Be curious, not judgmental.

Walt Whitman

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Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering Ė and itís all over much too soon.

Woody Allen

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You must write for children in the same way as you do for adults, only better.

Maxim Gorky

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I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

Oscar Wilde

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Of course the game is rigged. Donít let that stop you Ė if you donít play, you canít win.

Robert Heinlein

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Iíve always said fantasy is sort of Ďstealth philosophyí.

Terry Goodkind

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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

Ring Lardner

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There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldnít be. He is too many people if heís any good.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.

Fran Lebowitz

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Writing well is the best revenge.

Dorothy Parker

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What I am saying, I suppose, is that you write as if everyone is dead. Then you face the music. I donít know any other way to keep the teeth sharp and the spirit alive.

Lynn Freed

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I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.

Steve Martin

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To anyone capable of suspending for a moment the cavortings of the rational mind, of accepting myth for what it is Ė not lie but the very veritable truth Ė it needs no great inward effort to act upon such advice. Itís a matter, merely, of listening.

P. L. Travers

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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

Jane Austen

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Only great minds can afford a simple style.

Stendhal

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Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

Rod Serling

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Tell the truth, but tell it slant.

Emily Dickinson

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It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Let us read and let us dance Ė two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

Voltaire

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From the first words of a fairy story, we relax Ė not because we are entertained but because we are in the presence of truthfulness.

Deena Metzger

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Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words.

Jonathan Swift

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Iíve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

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An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.

Charles Dickens

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Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

Reggie Leach

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I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind Ė and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.

Michel de Montaigne

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Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.

Anne McCaffrey

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I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.

Z. N. Hurston

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde

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There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.

H.L. Mencken

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Writing is the flip side of sex Ė itís good only when itís over.

Hunter S. Thompson

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I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.

Lord Brabazon

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Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

Sir Francis Bacon

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Less than an hour before, he had congratulated himself on escaping all the traps of Earth, all the snares of Man. Not knowing that the greatest trap of all, the final and the fatal trap, lay on this present planet.

Clifford D. Simak

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I donít think anyone should write their autobiography until after theyíre dead.

Samuel Goldwyn

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An artist is his own fault.

John OíHara

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Somebody is a good dreamer.

Pirjo Zeylon

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Touching your cap to the Squire may be damn bad for the Squire, but itís damn good for you.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.

Lawrence Durrell

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Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.

Thomas Bulfinch

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Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

Lewis Carroll

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On the other hand, I still approach each book with the same basic plan in mind Ė to put some people under severe stress and see how they hold up.

Terry Brooks

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Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.

Aeschylus

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A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.

Samuel McChord Crothers

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Words Ė so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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They lard their lean books with the fat of othersí works.

Robert Burton

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A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the authorís soul.

Aldous Huxley

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Why, after all, should readers never be harrowed? Surely there is enough happiness in life without having to go to books for it.

Dorothy Parker

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Nature also forges man, now a gold man, now a silver man, now a fig man, now a bean man.

Paracelsus

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No one does anything from a single motive.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

H. L. Mencken

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The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy

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He was such a bad writer, they revoked his poetic license.

Milton Berle

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You may be able to take a break from writing, but you wonít be able to take a break from being a writer.

Stephen Leigh

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In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.

Orson Welles

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Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.

Christian Dior

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Iím very proud of my flops, as much as of my successes.

Francis Ford Coppola

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A witty saying proves nothing.

Voltaire

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What is a hero without love for mankind?

Doris Lessing

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You taught me language and my profit onít is I know how to curse.

William Shakespeare

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Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, heíll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.

Ray Bradbury

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Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.

Hermann Hesse

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Why, sometimes Iíve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

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All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart.

Carlos Castaneda

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He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.

Washington Irving

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Write what you like; there is no other rule.

O. Henry

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A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.

P. L. Travers

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Anybody can make an easy deal, but only a true agent can sell a dog.

Irving ďSwiftyĒ Lazar

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A manís errors are his portals of discovery.

James Joyce

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At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, training himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance Ė that is to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is to be Ė curiosity Ė to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does, and if you have that, then I donít think the talent makes much difference, whether youíve got it or not.

William Faulkner

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Fire lives in the death of earth, air in the death of fire, water in the death of air, and earth in the death of water.

Heraclitus

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A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

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If it has horses and swords in it, itís a fantasy, unless it also has a rocketship in it, in which case it becomes science fiction. The only thing thatíll turn a story with a rocketship in it back into fantasy is the Holy Grail.

Debra Doyle

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Keep a diary and one day itíll keep you.

Mae West

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Loafing is the most productive part of a writerís life.

James Norman Hall

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The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.

Joan Baez

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The good writing of any age has always been the product of someoneís neurosis, and weíd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.

William Styron

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The world is so great and rich, and life so full of variety, that you can never lack occasions for poems.

J. W. Goethe

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He is able who thinks he is able.

Buddha

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It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.

Isaac Asimov

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The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.

Socrates

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I suspect that one of the reasons we create fiction is to make sex exciting.

Gore Vidal

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The adjective is the enemy of the noun.

Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire

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Anybody can have ideas Ė the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.

Mark Twain

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How do I know what I think, until I see what I say?

E. M. Forster

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ĎIt is odd how the law always harps upon the unnaturalness of sodomy,í observed Stephen. ĎThough I know at least two judges who are paederasts; and of course barristers.í

Patrick OíBrian

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You have to talk to the stone, and it has to talk to you.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell

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You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

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I feel happy to terrify kids.

R. L. Stine

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The question isnít who is going to let me; itís who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

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Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord.

Nikolai Gogol

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I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.

Anne Frank

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Everything in this world has a hidden meaning.

Nikos Kazantzakis

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He who fears he shall suffer already suffers what he fears.

Michel de Montaigne

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Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.

Franz Kafka

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Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.

Joseph Campbell

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Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I donít know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.

Ernest Hemingway

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Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then you have to ask them to leave.

Marc Lawrence

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I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else by the same name.

Aldous Huxley

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A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

Virginia Woolf

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The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art. Tolerance for uncertainty is a prerequisite for succeeding.

David Byles and Ted Orland

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Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

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Writing is a product of silence.

Carrie Latet

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Prune what is turgid, elevate what is commonplace, arrange what is disorderly, introduce rhythm where the language is harsh, modify where it is too absolute.

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

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What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end Ė that is what you must be able to attain.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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I have been an author for 20 years and an ass for 55.

Mark Twain

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There are many reasons why novelists write Ė but they all have one thing in common: a need to create an alternative world.

John Fowles

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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

Kurt Vonnegut

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If you wait for inspiration, youíre not a writer, but a waiter.

Louis LíAmour

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Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.

Nikos Kazantzakis

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Art is rare and sacred and hard work, and there ought to be a wall of fire around it.

Anthony Burgess

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I donít have to have faith, I have experience.

Joseph Campbell

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To go against sense, to go against reason, to deliberately deconstruct the world of grammar and thoughtful orderliness is, in effect, to destroy the world as we know it and allow something new to emerge. Grammar is, above all, a system of thought and perception, the way the world is defined and primary relationships are perceived.

Deena Metzger

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Big words are always punished.

Sophocles

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Beware thoughts that come in the night.

William Least Heat-Moon

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Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesnít matter. Iím not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesnít make us better, then what on earth is it for?

Alice Walker

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Observe, donít imitate.

John M. Ford

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ĎI have no notion of two sisters wearing the same clothes, the same flaunting meretricious gawds, the same tortured Gorgon curls low over their brutish criminal foreheads; it bespeaks a superfetation of vulgarity, both innate and studiously acquired.í

Patrick OíBrian

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The proper use of imagination can propel ideas in the direction you desire.

Jane Roberts

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Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him.

Louis LíAmour

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I desired dragons with a profound desire.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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In the aftermath of the crisis, tulip mania gave way to tulip-phobia. The professor of botany at Leyden, Evrard Forstius, was said to be so incensed by the flower that he could not see a tulip without attacking it viciously with his stick.

Edward Chancellor

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Should I lose my demons, wherefore my angels?

Nathanial Hawthorne

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When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.

William Butler Yeats

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Fear is excitement without the breath.

Robert Heller

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Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

Aristotle

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The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.

Pablo Neruda

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I still canít decide which is more fun Ė reading or writing.

Rex Stout

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Doughnuts. Is there anything they canít do?

Homer Simpson

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From a technical point of view there are two essential things to solve or create when writing a novel. The first is the invention of the narrator. I think the narrator is the most important character in a novel. In some cases this importance is obvious because the narrator is also a central figure, a central character in the novel. In other cases, the narrator is not a character, not a visible figure, but an invisible person whose creation is even more complicated and difficult than the creation of one of the characters.

Mario Vargas Llosa

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Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Andrť Gide

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Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.

William Gibson

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A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.

John le Carre

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You look at the world around you, and you take it apart into all its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens.

Frederik Pohl

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You sit down and you do it, and you do it, and you do it, until you have learned to do it.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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If you liked being a teenager, thereís something really wrong with you.

Stephen King

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I think of an author as somebody who goes into the marketplace and puts down his rug and says, ďI will tell you a story,Ē and then he passes the hat.

Robertson Davies

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If only she could put them together, she felt, write them out in some sentence, then she would have got at the truth of things.

Virginia Woolf

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A man who is a genius and doesnít know it, probably isnít.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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Every artist joins a conversation thatís been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene.

John Barth

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Be anything you want to be, but donít be dull.

Frank Robinson

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It is not down in any map; true places never are.

Herman Melville

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Only self-educated is educated. Others are merely taught.

Erno Paasilinna

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No tricks.

Raymond Carver

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To write is, above all else, to construct a self.

Deena Metzger

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There is in each of us an ongoing story. It contains our meaning and our destiny. And it goes on inevitably whether we pay attention to it or not.

Al Kreinheder

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I have now a library of nearly nine hundred volumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself.

Henry David Thoreau

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The essence of drama is that man cannot walk away from the consequences of his own deeds.

Harold Hayes

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A writerís mind seems to be situated partly in the solar plexus and partly in the head.

Ethel Wilson

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Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a manís life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.

Leo Tolstoy

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Contrary to what many of you may imagine, a career in letters is not without its drawbacks Ė chief among them the unpleasant fact that one is frequently called upon to sit down and write.

Fran Lebowitz

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My task is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel. It is, before all, to make you see. That Ė and no more Ė and it is everything.

Joseph Conrad

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My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.

William Faulkner

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History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill

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I may as well tell you that if you are going about the place thinking things pretty, you will never make a modern poet. Be poignant, man, be poignant!

P. G. Wodehouse

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The pen is the tongue of the mind.

Miguel de Cervantes

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Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end.

Philip Larkin

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Following the creative is a path, but it is not a known path.

Deena Metzger

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When a mighty tree is felled, a star falls from the sky. Before you cut down a mahogany you should ask permission of the keeper of the forest, and you should ask permission of the keeper of the star.

Chan Kíin

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To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.

Louis LíAmour

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Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.

Joseph Campbell

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I have no mouth, and I must scream.

Harlan Ellison

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When you read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.

Clifton Fadiman

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Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition.

Terry Josephson

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Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

Samuel Johnson

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I donít want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve it through not dying.

Woody Allen

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Read, read, read. Read everything Ė trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! Youíll absorb it. Then write.

William Faulkner

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Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.

Anne Lamott

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The reality is more excellent than the report.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesnít matter a damn how you write.

Somerset Maugham

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The Sibyl with raving mouth utters solemn, unadorned, unlovely words, but she reaches out over a thousand years with her voice because the god is in her.

Heraclitus

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In a thousand words I can have the Lordís Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Hippocratic Oath, a sonnet by Shakespeare, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincolnís Gettysburg Address and almost all of the Boy Scout Oath. Now exactly what picture were you planning to trade for all that?

Roy H. Williams

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Decide to examine the contents of your conscious mind.

Jane Roberts

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We forget that what matters begins with the imagination.

Terry Brooks

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Every activity of the creative process requires that we bring spirit into form, that we create a vessel Ė ourselves or a work of art Ė that can hold the spirit.

Deena Metzger

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Via clear nature of mind and methods of words, the glows of meanings and direct perceptions: with these four kinds of excellent awareness all things are manifest in views compassionate.

Prajna Paramita

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In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James

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No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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I like to write when I feel spiteful: itís like having a good sneeze.

D.H. Lawrence

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The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.

William Goldman

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Speak, that I may see thee.

Ben Jonson

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This writing business. Pencils and whatnot. Overrated, if you ask me.

Winnie the Pooh

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A blank piece of paper is Godís way of telling us how hard it to be God.

Sidney Sheldon

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Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Ecclesiastes

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Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then youíre a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuffís worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.

Colette

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Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.

Joseph Conrad

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The only time to believe any kind of rating is when it shows you at the top.

Bob Hope

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He who limps is still walking.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.

Dr Samuel Johnson

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A book is like a man Ė clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.

John Steinbeck

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Talent is a long patience.

Gustave Flaubert

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He who Works with his Hands, is a Laborer.
He who Works with his Hands and his Head is a Craftsman.
He who Works with his Hands, his Head, and his Heart is an Artist.

Seneca

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The archetypal situation and the mythic realm hover around the perimeters of story.

Deena Metzger

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A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

Robert Burton

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Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye and deny it.

Garrison Keillor

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If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.

Ray Bradbury

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The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

Ayn Rand

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I get up and I have coffee and I speak to no man and I go to my desk.

Hortense Calisher

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Mystery is the basic element of all works of art.

Luis BuŮuel

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Words are a lens to focus oneís mind.

Ayn Rand

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It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.

Erasmus

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Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

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One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of oneís own flesh in the inkpot, each time one dips oneís pen.

Leo Tolstoy

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The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.

Elias Canetti

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My fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meets with a murderer.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, donít you know, if you see what I mean.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Writers speak stench.

Franz Kafka

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Deep writing comes from our bodies, from our breath, and from our ability to remain solid in the places that scare us.

Laraine Herring

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What I would say to a young person trying to become a writer is Donít. It wonít make any difference because theyíll do it anyway, but they really shouldnít.

Robert Burton

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The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

Walter Bagehot

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When the sun hit that bonnet just right, I could swear I saw angels in her hair.

Billy-Bob Hornwinkle

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The good writer seems to be writing about himself, but has his eye always on that thread of the Universe which runs through himself and all things.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The clothes make the man. Naked people contribute little or nothing to society.

Mark Twain

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Itís just my smart ass gorglings.

Pirjo Zeylon

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Editing is Human, free-writing Divine!

Milli Thornton

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I am so clever that sometimes I donít understand a single word of what I am saying.

Oscar Wilde

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One extends oneís limits only by exceeding them.

M. Scott Peck

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Comedy has to be done en clair. You canít blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.

James Thurber

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Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.

Ogden Nash

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If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.

Dante Alighieri

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The best things in life arenít things.

Art Buchwald

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I shall christen this style the Mandarin, since it is beloved by literary pundits. It is the style of all the writers whose tendency is to make their language convey more than they mean to and more than they feel. It is the style of most artists and all humbug.

Cyril Connolly

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I am two with nature.

Woody Allen

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

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Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him out to the public.

Winston Churchill

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The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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There are two kinds of light Ė the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.

James Thurber

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I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.

Jackson Pollock

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The best stories donít come from good vs. bad but from good vs. good.

Leo Tolstoy

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The beginning and end of all literary activity is the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by means of the world that is in me, all things being grasped, related, moulded and constructed in a personal form and an original manner.

Goethe

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One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck between her lower left molars, and who couldnít get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.

Jules Renard

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Too clever is dumb.

Ogden Nash

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All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Books will speak plain when counsellors blanch.

Francis Bacon

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He had the look of one who had drained the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.

P. G. Wodehouse

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There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.

James Thurber

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If you are going to make a book end badly, it must end badly from the beginning.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Every secret of a writerís soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Virginia Woolf

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All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.

Amy Lowell

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I have only to let myself go! So I have said all my life, yet I have never fully done it.

Henry James

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These experiences were very memorable and valuable to me Ė anchored in forty feet of water, and twenty or thirty rods from the shore, surrounded sometimes by thousands of small perch and shiners, dimpling the surface with their tails in the moonlight, and communicating by a long flaxen line with mysterious nocturnal fishes which had their dwelling forty feet below, or sometimes dragging sixty feet of line about the pond as I drifted in the gentle night breeze, now and then feeling a slight vibration along it, indicative of some life prowling about its extremity, of dull uncertain blundering purpose there, and slow to make up its mind. At length you slowly raise, pulling hand over hand, some horned pout squeaking and squirming to the upper air. It was very queer, especially in dark nights, when your thoughts had wandered to vast and cosmogonal themes in other spheres, to feel this faint jerk, which came to interrupt your dreams and link you to Nature again. It seemed as if I might next cast my line upward into the air, as well as downward into this element, which was scarcely more dense. Thus I caught two fishes as it were with one hook.

Henry David Thoreau

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Itís what you learn after you know it all that counts.

John Wooden

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Spinning straw into gold is not just a pretty phrase or an image from a fanciful tale but is a real activity.

Deena Metzger

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A new character has come on the scene. I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him, but there he came walking through the woods of Ithilien.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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I think it was the fact that I liked it so much that made the writing just come out of me automatically.

James Herriot

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I havenít much opinion of words. Theyíre apt to set fire to a dry tongue, thatís what I say.

Ellen Glasgow

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We cannot write well or truly but what we write with gusto.

Henry David Thoreau

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I love all men who dive. Any fish can swim near the surface, but it takes a great whale to go downstairs five miles or more.

Herman Melville

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We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.

Adolph Hitler

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I hope that after I die, people will say of me: ďThat guy sure owed me a lot of money.Ē

Jack Handy

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Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.

Mark Twain

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A story is: the king died, the queen died. A plot is: the king died, the queen died of grief.

E. M. Forster

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How every fool can play upon the word!

William Shakespeare

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Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.

James Stephen

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If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you canít tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf

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Thinking is linking.

P. L. Travers

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The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything.

Voltaire

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There are three necessary elements in a story Ė exposition, development, and drama. Exposition we may illustrate as ďJohn Fortescue was a solicitor in the little town of XĒ; development as ďOne day Mrs Fortescue told him she was about to leave him for another manĒ; and drama as ďYou will do nothing of the kind,Ē he said.

Frank OíConnor

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Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable tool, and therefore are most economical in its use.

Mark Twain

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Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.

Franz Kafka

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The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.

James Thurber

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A book is so much a part of oneself that in delivering it to the public one feels as if one were pushing oneís own child out into the traffic.

Quentin Bell

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A fool is agog at every word.

Heraclitus

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In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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A ship is safe in harbor, but thatís not what ships are for.

John Shedd

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There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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It should consist of short, sharply focused sentences, each of which is a whole scene in itself.

Theodore Sturgeon

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I may therefore venture to say that the air of reality seems to me to be the supreme virtue of the novel Ė the merit upon which all its other merits hopelessly and submissively depend. The cultivation of this success, the study of this exquisite process, form, to my taste, the beginning and the end of the art of the novelist.

Henry James

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Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, a teacher, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Franklin Jones

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You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.

Horace

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I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance Ė a sharp, vindictive glance.

James Thurber

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He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays Ė cynical, but hopeful.

Rose Macaulay

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu

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What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is only related to objects, and not to individuals, or to life.

Michel Foucault

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You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others whatís burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.

Arthur Polotnik

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I donít believe in writersí block. Plumbers donít get plumbersí block. Why should writing be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working?

Philip Pullman

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Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.

Anthony Burgess

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The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

Linus Pauling

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Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.

Jessamyn West

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Study the rules so that you wonít beat yourself by not knowing something.

Babe Didricksen Zaharias

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There is one story and one story only.

Robert Graves

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When my horse is running good, I donít stop to give him sugar.

William Faulkner

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The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.

M.C. Escher

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Always write with the ear, not the eye. You should hear every sentence you write as if it was being read aloud or spoken.

C. S. Lewis

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I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.

James A. Michener

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I do like a little romance, just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you havenít got that.

Anthony Trollope

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Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

Carl Jung

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It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

Douglas Adams

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His words were simple words enough
And yet he used them so
That what in other mouths was rough
In his seemed musical and low.

James Russell Lowell

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And by the way, everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath

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The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

Vladimir Nabakov

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Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.

John OíHara

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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

William Butler Yeats

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A writerís duty is to register what it is like to be in the world.

Zadie Smith

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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The beginning is always today.

Mary Wollstonecraft

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I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.

Henry David Thoreau

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I do not think I have ever prayed in words. I pray in conscious desire. I pray in concepts Ė concepts of whole ideas, not parts. I never go to sleep at night without consciously thinking that kind of prayer in which I express desire in whole ideas of what my day for the morrow must be. I do not weaken my prayer by trying to find words for it. I keep my desire strong by not thus dividing it into words or in parts. My prayers are communions, not conversations.

Walter Russell

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Nothing builds confidence like accomplishment.

Thomas Carlyle

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The Malabar Caves represented an area in which concentration can take place. A cavity. Something to focus everything up: to engender an event like an egg.

E. M. Forster

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There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.

Anthony Trollope

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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Emily Dickinson

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The words of truth are always paradoxical.

Lao Tzu

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The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.

G. K. Chesterton

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ďDo you know,Ē Peter asked, ďwhy swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.Ē

James M. Barrie

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In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The purpose of writing is to make your mother and father drop dead with shame.

J P Donleavy

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The beautiful part of writing is that you donít have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, brain surgery.

Robert Cormier

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Contact with the larger story is imperative in order to gain wisdom and to restore those parts of ourselves that become amputated in a secular society.

Deena Metzger

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I want story, wit, music, wryness, color, and a sense of reality in what I read, and I try to get it in what I write.

John D. MacDonald

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Everything changes when you change.

Jim Rohn

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The poet is a good citizen turned inside out.

William Butler Yeats

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Dialogue in fiction is what characters do to one another.

Elizabeth Bowen

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And this is the way a novel gets written, in ignorance, fear, sorrow, madness, and a kind of psychotic happiness as an incubator for the wonders being born.

Jack Kerouac

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When we see a natural style we are quite amazed and delighted, because we expected to see an author and find a man.

Blaise Pascal

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Better to write twaddle, anything, than nothing at all.

Katherine Mansfield

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Start early and work hard. A writerís apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before heís almost ready to begin. That takes a while.

David Eddings

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You must push further and harder, reach deeper into your own mind until you break through into the strange and terrible country wherein live your own dreams.

Gardner Dozois

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I have written a great many stories and I still donít know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.

John Steinbeck

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The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.

Benjamin Disraeli

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I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats

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Insanity is the illusion you are wrong.

Verber Quimply

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The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Even if youíre on the right track, youíll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

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A professional writer is an amateur who didnít quit.

Richard Bach

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The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who canít read them.

Mark Twain

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Save me the first dance in your dreams tonight.

Frank Sinatra

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It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.

Samuel Johnson

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Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.

Elie Wiesel

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To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Lao Tzu

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The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself.

James Thurber

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I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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I could just do the whole thing in one day but sadly my character had gone to bed at the end of the last scene.

Sandra Jensen

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The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.

Mark Twain

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There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.

Anthony Trollope

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When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away even if itís only a glass of water.

Kurt Vonnegut

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The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.

James Frey

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That which is above is from that which is below, and that which is below is from that which is above, working the miracles of one.

Hermes Trismegistus

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Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.

William Butler Yeats

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All the information you need can be given in dialogue.

Elmore Leonard

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Anyone who believes you canít change history has never tried to write his memoirs.

David Ben Gurion

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There is no iron that can enter the human heart with such stupefying effect as a period placed at just the right moment.

Isaac Babel

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All my life Iíve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.

Ernest Hemingway

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Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

Kahlil Gibran

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Read almost any newspaper interview, and youíll conclude that the dialogue of real people is more stilted and implausible than the dialogue of invented characters. Trying to make real people sound real on the page is necessarily an exercise in impressionism. Nothing teaches one the subtleties of punctuation so well as an attempt to take a skein of actual speech and restore to it the pauses, ellipses, switches of tone and speed, that it had in life.

Jonathan Raban

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It is all very well to write books, but can you wiggle your ears?

James M. Barrie

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There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I suppose Iím one of those fellows my father always warned me against.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Art is elimination of the unnecessary.

Waldo Salt

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Make everybody fall out of the plane first, and then explain who they were and why they were in the plane to begin with.

Nancy Ann Dibble

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A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen

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When the book comes out it may hurt you Ė but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first.

James Baldwin

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The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.

Somerset Maugham

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Just because I donít care doesnít mean I donít understand.

Homer Simpson

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At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.

Norman Mailer

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Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.

Ethan Hubbard

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When it came to my art, I went my own way and did not follow the trends.

Frank Frazetta

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When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.

Abraham Lincoln

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If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.

Art Buchwald

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Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

Henry David Thoreau

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Kindness in words creates confidence.

Lao Tzu

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Think before you speak, is criticismís motto; speak before you think is creationís.

E. M. Forster

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If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise donít put it there.

Anton Chekhov

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Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. Iíll meet you there.

Rumi

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Whatever fortune brings, donít be afraid of doing things.

Herman Melville

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It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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There are few things, apparently, more helpful to a writer than having once been a weird little kid.

Katherine Paterson

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So this is always the key: you have to write the book you love, the book thatís alive in your heart. Thatís the one you have to write.

Lurleen McDaniel

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How does one get to be a bit of a bee?

P. L. Travers

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You cannot escape your own attitudes, for they will form the nature of what you see.

Jane Roberts

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I was a free man in Paris.

Joni Mitchell

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All great truths begin as blasphemies.

G. B. Shaw

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The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

Omar Khayyam

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People die, but books never die.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein

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The blank page gives the right to dream.

Gaston Bachelard

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The poet is the one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.

AnaÔs Nin

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A year from now youíll wish you had started today.

Karen Lamb

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In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.

T. S. Eliot

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Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

William Butler Yeats

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We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

Thomas Paine

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ďPlease,Ē she whispered as she opened the book, ďplease get me out of here just for an hour or so, please take me far, far away.Ē

Cornelia Funke

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A note, by way of advising other Virginias with other books that this is the way of the thing: up down up down.

Virginia Woolf

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A good writer refuses to be socialized. He insists on his own version of things, his own consciousness.

Bill Barich

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Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.

John Steinbeck

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As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity, I collected some of their Proverbs.

William Blake

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Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.

H. P. Lovecraft

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I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.

Jack Kerouac

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It takes an awful long time to not write a book.

Douglas Adams

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Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.

Edward Gibbon

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To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy Ė and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.

Robert A. Heinlein

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Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

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Nothing will work unless you do.

Maya Angelou

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The writerís only responsibility is to his art.

William Faulkner

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The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.

Ogden Nash

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The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

William Blake

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Writing is finally a series of permissions you give yourself to be expressive in certain ways. To invent. To leap. To fly. To fall. To be strict without being too self-excoriating. Not stopping too often to think itís going well (or not too badly), simply to keep rowing along.

Susan Sontag

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When in doubt, go to your where.

Viola Spolin

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A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ken yer inner body.

Shivas Irons

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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.

James Thurber

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Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.

Confucius

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Hold a book in your hand and youíre a pilgrim at the gates of a new city.

Hebrew Saying

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I wrote no words this day.

Lynda Carnes

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Let the readers do some of the work themselves.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold,
and leaves of gold there grew.
Of wind I sang, a wind there came
and in the branches blew
.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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The use of point of view is to bring the reader into immediate and continuous contact with the heart of the story and sustain him there.

Tom Jenks

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When I read it, I donít wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write.

Norman Mailer

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I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

Erma Bombeck

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I love to doubt as well as know.

Dante Alighieri

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To finish is a sadness to a writer Ė a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isnít really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.

John Steinbeck

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The loveship of her Guardian was all she knew of men.

Bernice Ellis

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A child of three once said to me, ĎI am two boys, Goodly and Badly.í Alas, too young for this! I thought, but at the same time recalled that truth requires us to be young, no matter what our age. And then came the faltering, anxious question Ė ĎWhich do you like best?í I knew the answer, and all the breadth and depth of it, but had to appear to pay it mind. If I chose Goodly, then Badly would be in the wilderness, alone with his badliness and lost. If Badly, then Goodly would be in the same plight, alone with his goodliness. ĎJoy and woe are woven fine/A clothing for the soul divine.í ĎTo tell you the truth,í I said gravely, ĎI like them both the same.í The look of anxiety turned to relief and a trustful hand met mine.

Pamela Travers

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Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what youíve got to say, and say it hot.

D. H. Lawrence

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As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.

Virginia Woolf

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The coroner will find ink in my veins and blood on my typewriter keys.

Astrid Weber

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Donít plan anything.
Write what comes up.
Give all the details.
Go fearward.
Donít edit.

Barbara Turner-Vesselago

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Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

A. A. Milne

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If a book is not alive in the writerís mind, it is as dead as year-old horse-shit.

Stephen King

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Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and Iíll tell you a story.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten, Ė happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

Brenda Ueland

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A story isnít about a moment in time, a story is about the moment in time.

W. D. Wetherell

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The writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.

Donald Barthelme

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I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heartís history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self-assertion of youth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Problems in writing can come unknotted in a miraculous way after a nap. I go to sleep with the problem, and wake up with the answer.

Patricia Highsmith

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All good ideas arrive by chance.

Max Ernst

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Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you canít forgive.

Salman Rushdie

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Sometimes if Iím stuck for a word I just put X Ė easy to search for later when I come to edit.

Sandra Jensen

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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.

Martha Graham

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Liberty doesnít work as well in practice as it does in speeches.

Will Rogers

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Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.

Helen Keller

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You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if itís going to be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children.

Madeleine LíEngle

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We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark.

H. P. Lovecraft

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If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

Abraham Lincoln

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Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams,
Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.

William Butler Yeats

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Thereís nothing more empty than a life devoted to leisure.

George Hamilton

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Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style.

Matthew Arnold

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I think ďtasteĒ is a social concept, not an artistic one. Our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into anotherís brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.

John Updike

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Always behave as though tomorrow is the day.

Buck Henry

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You canít try to do things; you simply must do them.

Ray Bradbury

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Something was swinging from a slightly bowed branch.

Michelle Bidwell

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You can do whatever you want through imagination and characters when writing fiction. Anything.

Michael Swerdloff

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Plain words are special to me.

Bernice Ellis

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I am starting to fall in love with Quinlan. Itís going to suck when I have to kill him.

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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Says the God of Art: I shall give you hunger, and pain, and sleepless nights. Also beauty, and satisfactions known to few, and glimpses of the heavenly life. None of these you shall have continually, and of their comings and goings you shall not be foretold.

Howard Lindsay

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Iím dying to get into some action.

Sandra Jensen

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Every time I sit down, someone else is speaking.

Jody Strimling-Muchow

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Creativity means that I access.

Jeanne Beauchamp Adwani

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Nature never breaks her own laws.

Leonardo da Vinci

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The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of fascination.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never yet been set up a statue in honor of a critic.

Jean Sibelius

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Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite:
ĎFool!í said my Muse to me, Ďlook to thy heart and write.í

Sir Philip Sidney

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I am bigger than the spider.

Bernice Ellis

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The story will only go as far as the author will allow it.

Michael Swerdloff

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Fiction is about stuff thatís screwed up.

Nancy Kress

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Satan, really, is the romantic youth of Jesus re-appearing for a moment.

James Joyce

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I am a man, and alive. For this reason I am a novelist.

D.H. Lawrence

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Iím trying not to wonder because if I wonder too much, doubt may take over and then Iíll never get it done.

Andrea Mauk

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Never tell your reader what your story is about. Reading is a participatory sport.

George V. Higgins

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Exuberance is beauty.

William Blake

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I want to leap into a new future for myself.

Bernice Ellis

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Forget absolutely everything you thought you were or are going to do. Just write Ė whatever Ė and count the words.

Gabriele Stehle

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He was white and shaken, like a dry martini.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Love is what youíve been through with somebody.

James Thurber

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Itís about keeping technique from interrupting the creative process.

Kellie Hall

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Swallowing All whole, cleansing through Perfection, I hear the grass grow, I am One with the rodentís heartbeat. In the bliss of Eleven, I die of the roar which lies on the other side of silence, becoming One with that Silence, Om.

Claire Born

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Go for dialogue.

Sandra Jensen

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Probably morning is best for me.

Jenni Sulkow

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I tumble together to a mound, unable to concern myself.

Pirjo Zeylon

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Who knows what spawn can spring from such lunatic loins of evil?

Herbunger Vladstaff

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A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

Abraham Lincoln

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Think where manís glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats

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Standing at the edge of the cliff and helping others leap is easier than leaping.

Michael Swerdloff

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Itís like the novel is writing itself.

Jody Strimling-Muchow

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Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.

E.L. Doctorow

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I am an actor at heart. I just acted out my story and then wrote it down.

Mame Burkett

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Can we really heal and forgive if we donít see both roles in a play as one?

Pirjo Zeylon

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How you do anything is how you do everything.

Zen proverb

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They just discovered the windshield was covered in butterfly wings.

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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Chronology plays no part in what Iíve written to date.

Lindsay McLeod Espinoza

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Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

Jules Renard

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The trade of authorship is a violent and indestructible obsession.

George Sand

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One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because youíre maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones.

Stephen King

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I want my novel.

Bernice Ellis

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If I get out of the way, much happens.

Michael Swerdloff

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English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education Ė sometimes itís sheer luck, like getting across the street.

E. B. White

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Pot of tea Ė check. Raining outside Ė check.

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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Iím not surprised that you are falling in love with Mr. Big.

Michelle Bidwell

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One word at a time. Thatís the only way to write the elephant.

Jody Strimling-Muchow

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Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself. Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.

Susan Isaacs

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The rule of the writer is not to say what we can say but what we are unable to say.

AnaÔs Nin

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I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.

MoliŤre

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I began to love her in my dreams.

Michelle Bidwell

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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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If you want to be successful, itís just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

Will Rogers

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Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for an echo.

Don Marquis

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A man is a writer if all his words are strung in definite sentence sounds.

Marianne Moore

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I have your review in front of me and soon it will be behind me.

George Bernard Shaw

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She was drunk and broke her toe.

Sandra Jensen

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In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.

Norman Mailer

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Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Resistance, what are you supporting in me?

Bernice Ellis

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Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

Lao Tzu

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When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over Godís business.

Flannery OíConnor

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If 12 is a circle then 13 is the spiral when the circle is opened.

Lindsay McLeod Espinoza

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Itís better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.

L. P. Hartley

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Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.

Alfred Hitchcock

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I can hardly wait for November to start.

Gabriele Stehle

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The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.

Carl Gustav Jung

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To listen with everything that I am
For the low sweet tones
Of the coming night
In the last rays of golden sunlight
My heart wanders in the lines and curves
Of the branches overhead
Among the leaves now opened wide
In this momentís expression
Leaning against the worn trunk
I watch the deepening sky
Spread out like the palm of my hand
Silence courts the field
Even the birds have found stillness
As the stars emerge with their inky partners
To dance to the moonís song
I find under the cover of oak and evening
My heart emptied out and cradled
In hopes and dreams just imagined
And I realize I have been holding my breath
Waiting for this moment to become

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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What is now proved was once only imagined.

William Blake

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Pictures must not be too picturesque.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about.

Oscar Wilde

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The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

T. S. Eliot

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The writing in itself is still literally crap, but I can make it hit like a sledgehammer when I can go back and put all my love and all my heart in.

Pirjo Zeylon

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The best method for writing is to do it.

Michael Swerdloff

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There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.

James Thurber

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Truly to sing, that is a different breath.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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I just wrote.

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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Reading is a sort of rewriting.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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Itís that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, thatís what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg

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So Iíll stick by this fonting thing.

Sandra Jensen

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Apple seed learned me something.

Bernice Ellis

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You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.

William Gibson

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My right foot is in a cast for the second time this year...donít ask.

Jody Strimling-Muchow

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Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldnít we?

Audra Foveo-Alba

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i never think at all when i write
nobody can do two things at the same time
and do them both well

Archy

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Suck it in and live it my love, suck it in and live it. We are writers now and there is no turning back.

Bernice Ellis

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I am inclined to think that as I grow older I will come to be infatuated with the art of revision, and there may come a time when I will dread giving up a novel at all.

Joyce Carol Oates

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Now I can smell it too, the cunning 50.

Pirjo Zeylon

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Sometimes I feel like a writer.

Michael Swerdloff

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My work is to shatter the faith of men here, there, and everywhere, faith in affirmation, faith in negation, and faith in abstention from faith, and this for the sake of faith in faith itself.

Miguel de Unamuno

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I donít wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

Pearl S. Buck

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Are all your stars shining?

J. D. Salinger

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You tend to explain too much. You must explain, but your tendency is to distrust your own narrative and dialogue.

Maxwell Perkins

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How often we recall, with regret, that Napoleon once shot at a magazine editor and missed him and killed a publisher. But we remember with charity that his intentions were good.

Mark Twain

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Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.

Benjamin Franklin

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I have this day Ė shall I make it count?

Pirjo Zeylon

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Freefall is an extraordinary process, one which has turned many from ďI want to be a writerĒ to being writers.

Sandra Jensen

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It has made me the gunman who does not hesitate to draw. I can draw now, anytime.

Pirjo Zeylon

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Life canít ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writerís lover until death Ė fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.

Edna Ferber

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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Art is not a handicraft. It is the transmission of a feeling which the artist has experienced.

Leo Tolstoy

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If you havenít got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and youíll only have to throw away the first three pages.

William Campbell Gault

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When you take stuff from one writer, itís plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, itís research.

William Mizner

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The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.

Elizabeth Drew

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The big secret is the ability to stay in the room.

Ron Carlson

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Things in motion sooner catch the eye than what not stirs.

William Shakespeare

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May I die like a dog rather than hasten the ripening of a sentence by a single second.

Gustave Flaubert

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The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.

Edwin Schlossberg

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Writing is a crummy profession, but a good hobby.

Paavo Haavikko

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In good writing, words become one with things.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Novelty disturbs and repels.

Simone de Beauvoir

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To my dear children, without whose constant love and affection this book would have been finished in half the time.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Thatís one thing literature can do for us. It can say to us: pay attention. Pay closer attention.

Richard Ford

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Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, Iíd be a politician.

Eugene Ionesco

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Take care of the sounds, and the sense will take care of itself.

Lewis Carroll

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Since when was genius found respectable?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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When I was sitting writing The Shadow of the Glen I got more aid than any learning would have given me, from a chink in the floor that let me hear what was being said by the servant girls in the kitchen.

J. M. Synge

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Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

James Thurber

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Henry David Thoreau

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You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Abraham Lincoln

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I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

William Blake

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In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.

Sinclair Lewis

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The subject of all this is not two camels. There is only one lost camel, but language has difficulty saying that.

Rumi

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An old racetrack joke reminds you that your program contains all the winnersí names. I stare at my typewriter keys with the same thought.

Mignon McLaughlin

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Writers donít need love; all they require is money.

John Osborne

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

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If you look at anything long enough, say just that wall in front of you Ė it will come out of that wall.

Anton Chekhov

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Remarks are not literature.

Gertrude Stein

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Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters Ė to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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Make the drummer sound good.

Steve Lacy

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Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

C. S. Lewis

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Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.

Paul Valery

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If you donít allow yourself the possibility of writing something very, very bad, it would be hard to write something very good.

Steven Galloway

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My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.

Nikos Kazantzakis

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Perspective is key.

Lindsay McLeod Espinoza

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From the moment I picked up your book till I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.

Groucho Marx

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All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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To write simply is as difficult as to be good.

W. Somerset Maugham

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There are two ways of speaking an audience will always like Ė one is to tell them what they donít understand; and the other is to tell them what theyíre used to.

George Eliot

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Thereís more of yourself in a book than a play. Ben Jonson murdered people; Marlowe was a spy; Shakespeare just sat in the corner and took notes.

Sir John Mortimer

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ďThat,Ē I replied cordially, ďis what it doesnít do anything else but.Ē

P. G. Wodehouse

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It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.

Henry David Thoreau

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An economist is a man who knows a hundred ways of making love but doesnít know any women.

Art Buchwald

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Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.

William Blake

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A wounded deer leaps the highest.

Emily Dickinson

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Let me walk through the fields of paper, touching with my wand dry stems and stunted butterflies.

Denise Levertov

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If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, donít remove it Ė I might be writing in my dreams.

Danzae Pace

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My relatives say that they are glad Iím rich, but that they simply cannot read me.

Kurt Vonnegut

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For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.

George Orwell

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No, itís not a very good story Ė its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.

Stephen King

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The ideal view for daily writing, hour for hour, is the blank brick wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless if possible.

Edna Ferber

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When you catch an adjective, kill it.

Mark Twain

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Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.

Kahlil Gibran

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These critics who crucify me do not guess the littlest part of my sincerity. They must be burned in a blaze. I cannot learn from them.

Zane Grey

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Mere literary talent is common; what is rare is endurance, the continuing desire to work hard at writing.

Donald Hall

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Teaching writing is a hustle.

Cormac McCarthy

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Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books, but lives in our very blood?

Carl Jung

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Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time. The wait is simply too long.

Leonard Bernstein

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Every word written is a victory against death.

Michel Butor

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Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.

George Bernard Shaw

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I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.

Emily Dickinson

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Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.

Natalie Goldberg

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Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work.

Carl Sandburg

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his arenít very new at all.

Abraham Lincoln

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Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.

Emily Dickinson

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Out of a seeming void and dark-winged sleep
Of dim inconscient infinity
A Power arose from the insentient deep,
A flame-whirl of magician Energy.

Sri Aurobindo

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What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.

Andrť Gide

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Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.

Salman Rushdie

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To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.

Herman Melville

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It is personalities not principles that move the age.

Oscar Wilde

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You have to know the human heart.

Thom Jones

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Rule one of reading other peopleís stories is that whenever you say Ďwell thatís not convincingí the author tells you thatís the bit that wasnít made up.

Neil Gaiman

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Better is the enemy of good.

Voltaire

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New writers are often told, ďWrite what you know.Ē I would broaden that by saying, ďWrite what you know emotionally.Ē

Marjorie Franco

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One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book Ė give it, give it all, give it now. Some more will arise for later, something better. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.

Annie Dillard

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Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.

Benjamin Disraeli

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The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.

William Blake

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Iím nobody, who are you?

Emily Dickinson

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America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.

Oscar Wilde

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I am tired. My arm aches. My head boils. My feet are cold. But I am not aware of any weakness.

Zane Grey

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A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.

Carlos Castaneda

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Watch where you dive, there are rocks where you cannot see them, they can bruise and break your bones without warning. They can also shake off the old layers of skin and fat that are not necessary nor supportive of your journey as writer, friend, lover, or human. So dive, and then dive again and again. The waters are healing and fresh. Go ahead and dive with your eyes closed but open. Dive deeper. The force of the river will carry you to your destination clean, scraped, and scrubbed. Dive deeper.

Michael Swerdloff

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You possess a fearsome array of skills and abilities, and the most satisfying of these may be completely unknown to you now.

Chris Baty

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I have traveled a path and followed a thought and it has all supported me in my unfolding.

Bernice Ellis

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Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.

Franz Kafka

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Books want to be born: I never make them.

Samuel Butler

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A book is one of the few havens remaining where your mind can get both provocation and privacy.

Edward P. Morgan

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Work is love made visible.

Kahlil Gibran

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When you exclude plot, when you exclude anyoneís wanting anything, you exclude the reader, which is a mean-spirited thing to do.

Kurt Vonnegut

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In a good play, everyone is in the right.

Fredrich Hebbel

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By writing much, one learns to write well.

Robert Southey

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth

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The only need is the eye to see.

Willa Cather

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One day, we were like this first man in the great, stridulant night of the Oyapock. The skin of the world was very vast. To be a man after rediscovering a million years was mysteriously like being something still other than man, a strange, unfinished possibility that could also be all kinds of other things.

Satprem

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Elbert Hubbard

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ďThe good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.Ē

Oscar Wilde

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Donít sweat the petty things, and donít pet the sweaty things.

Groucho Marx

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The last words I write of a book are very often the first, so it doesnít much matter how you start.

Raymond Hill

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The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man whoíll get me a book I ainít read.

Abraham Lincoln

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Iím normally not a praying man, but if youíre up there, please save me Superman.

Homer Simpson

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Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always.

Dante Alighieri

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The central problem of novel-writing is causality.

Jorge Luis Borges

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While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.

Lewis Carroll

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Write a page a day. It will add up.

Herman Wouk

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I must go deeper and even stronger into my treasure mine and stint nothing of time, toil, or torture.

Zane Grey

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Write from the soul. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.

Jeffrey A. Carver

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There are four stages in a marriage. First thereís the affair, then the marriage, then children and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.

Norman Mailer

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The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.

William Butler Yeats

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Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.

Ezra Pound

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I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.

Oscar Levant

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Dream as if youíll live forever. Live as if youíll die today.

James Dean

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Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Whatís the product that is imbued with the most value, and the most meaning, and is the most important thing in the world? Without a doubt, that is books.

Emma Barnes

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Self-confidence can be crippling.

Leonard Michaels

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All good books will eventually find a publisher if the writer tries hard enough, and a central secret to writing a good book is to write on that which people like you will enjoy. Write what you care about and understand.

Richard North Patterson

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No tale tells all.

Alexei Panshin

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I always write about my own experiences, whether Iíve had them or not.

Ron Carlson

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ĎIt is only a womanís cookery, to be sure,í he said, toying with a chocolate mousse, Ďand I do not know that I should trust her with game, but within these wide limits, how very good it is! She must be a knowing old soul, with great experience, no doubt in excellent service before the Revolution. Perhaps something of a slut: your amiable slut makes the best of cooks.í

Patrick OíBrian

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Detail is the lifeblood of fiction.

John Gardner

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There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.

Mark Strand

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The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.

James Baldwin

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There fell into my hands a gilded book, very old and large, which cost me only two florins. It was not made of paper or parchment as other books are, but of admirable rinds, as it seemed to me, of young trees. The book contained thrice seven leaves, so numbered at the top of each folio, every seventh leaf having painted images and figures instead of writing. On the first of these seven leaves there was depicted a virgin who was being swallowed by serpents; on the second a Cross upon which a serpent was crucified; on the last a wilderness watered by many fair fountains, out of which came a number of serpents.

Nicholas Flamel

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When people tell you somethingís wrong or doesnít work, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly whatís wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

Neil Gaiman

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In brief, I spend half my time trying to learn the secrets of other writers Ė to apply them to the expression of my own thoughts.

Shirley Ann Grau

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The art of fiction is freedom of will for your characters.

Cynthia Ozick

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Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

Homer Simpson

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A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Henry David Thoreau

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Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.

Emily Dickinson

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Given that external reality is a fiction, the writerís role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

J. G. Ballard

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The doer alone learneth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Beauty awakens the soul to act.

Dante Alighieri

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No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It seems so calculating.

Oscar Wilde

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Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.

Pablo Neruda

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The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.

William Blake

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God wasnít too bad a novelist, except he was a Realist.

John Barth

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He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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I donít know exactly how itís done. I let it alone a good deal.

Saul Bellow

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Step off assuredly into the blank of your mind. Something will come to you.

Richard Wilbur

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It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.

William Faulkner

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Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, youíre doomed.

Ray Bradbury

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Style, like the human body, is especially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted.

Tacitus

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The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.

Anthony Burgess

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Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote. Through sunshine and through moonshine, I wrote. What I wrote it is unnecessary to say.

Edgar A. Poe

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Loafing is the most productive part of a writerís life.

James Norman Hall

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As regards plot I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots. And as I think a plot desirable and almost necessary, I have this extra grudge against life.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

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Poets are interested mostly in death and commas.

Carolyn Kizer

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It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

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You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist you must learn your craft.

Phyllis A. Whitney

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Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil Ė but there is no way around them.

Isaac Asimov

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An essential element for good writing is a good ear.

Barbara Tuchman

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Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King

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I wrote a few childrenís books Ė not on purpose.

Steven Wright

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Death of the Father would deprive literature of many of its pleasures. If there is no longer a Father, why tell stories? Doesnít every narrative lead back to Oedipus? Isnít storytelling always a way of searching for oneís origin, speaking oneís conflicts with the Law, entering into the dialectic of tenderness and hatred?

Roland Barthes

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No tale is so good but can be spoilt in the telling.

Terence

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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.

Meister Eckhart

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Storytelling reveals meaning without defining it.

Hannah Arendt

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Thereís a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons
That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes.

Emily Dickinson

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Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

Jorge Luis Borges

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Without music, life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.

Lao Tzu

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He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.

Benjamin Franklin

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You have no enemy except yourselves.

St. Francis of Assisi

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The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Iíve always wondered if there was a god. And now I know there is Ė and itís me.

Homer Simpson

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Itís a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Lewis Carroll

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In a very real sense, the writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, and to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings satisfactions, is a curious anticlimax.

Alfred Kazin

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Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

Henry David Thoreau

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Humour is the kindly contemplation of the incongruous.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Technique alone is never enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.

Raymond Chandler

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Screenwriters? Schmucks with Underwoods.

Jack Warner

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If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Have the courage to write whatever your dream is for yourself.

May Sarton

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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man,
Down to a sunless sea.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.

G. I. Gurdjieff

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They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.

Marquis de Sade

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Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

W. Somerset Maugham

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What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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There are things known, there are things unknown, in between are doors.

Jim Morrison

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Everything popular is wrong.

Oscar Wilde

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During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.

Edgar Allen Poe

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Never confuse movement with action.

Ernest Hemingway

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To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.

William Shakespeare

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I have one major rule: everybody is right.

Ken Wilber

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A writer needs to be doubtful, questioning. I write out of curiousity and bewilderment.

William Trevor

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The human race is the basis on which heaven is founded.

Emanuel Swedenborg

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An author, like any other so-called artist, is a man in whom the normal vanity of all men is so vastly exaggerated that he finds it a sheer impossibility to hold it in. His over-powering impulse is to gyrate before his fellow men, flapping his wings and emitting defiant howls. This being forbidden by the police of all civilized nations, he takes it out by putting his howls on paper. Such is the thing called self-expression.

H. L. Mencken

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It is meaningless to complain. Whatís important from this point on is the strategy of your life.

Carlos Castaneda

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Writing is both mask and unveiling.

E. B. White

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Every novel is an equal collaboration between the writer and the reader and it is the only place in the world where two strangers can meet on terms of absolute intimacy.

Paul Auster

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Only write from your own passion, your own truth. Thatís the only thing you really know about, and anything else leads you away from the pulse.

Marianne Williamson

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First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!

Ray Bradbury

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The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.

Mary Heaton Vorse

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Someone who claims to write with emotion recollected in tranquility is a fool and a liar. To understand is to tremble. To recollect is to re-enter and be riven. I admire the authority of being on oneís knees in front of the event.

Harold Brodkey

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An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

Charles de Montesquieu

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Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge.

Albert Einstein

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to oneís courage.

AnaÔs Nin

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Artists and poets must find the light in which they can find themselves.

Frances Kelly

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I try to envision the story as a silent movie before I start adding dialogue.

John Sayles

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Character is the very life of fiction. Setting exists so that the character has someplace to stand. Plot exists so the character can discover what he is really like, forcing the character to choice and action. And theme exists only to make the character stand up and be somebody.

John Gardner

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If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.

Henry David Thoreau

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It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Will cannot be quenched against its will.

Dante Alighieri

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When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. Thatís my religion.

Abraham Lincoln

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Words cannot express things;
Speech does not convey the spirit.
Swayed by words, one is lost;
Blocked by phrases, one is bewildered.
The oak tree in the garden.
Once you see it, dreams fade away.

Mumon

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The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

W. Somerset Maugham

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The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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They do not grasp how being at variance it agrees with itself, a backward-turning adjustment like that of the bow or lyre.

Heraclitus

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ďItís money and adventure and fame! Itís the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six oíclock tomorrow!Ē

James Creelman and Ruth Rose

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Unless you enter the tigerís den, you cannot take the cubs.

Japanese proverb

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Why is language most efficacious when it says one thing through meaning another?

Jacques Lacan

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Unknown

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To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.

Anthony Burgess

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If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

William Blake

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Trouble shadows the Home Tribe. You hear its call. The land is barren, and someone must go beyond. A figure emerges from the campfire smoke, an elder pointing to you. You have been chosen as Seeker. You will venture your life so the greater life of the Home Tribe may go on.

Christopher Vogler

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The ďpathĒ comes into existence only when we observe it.

Heisenberg

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Goose, n. A bird that supplies quills for writing. These when inked and drawn mechanically across paper by a person called an ďauthor,Ē there results a very fair and accurate transcript of the fowlís thought and feeling.

Ambrose Bierce

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A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

Eugene Ionesco

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A novelist is a person who lives in other peopleís skins.

E. L. Doctorow

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Every word born of an inner necessity.

Etty Hillesum

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Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather, and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know.

John Keats

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A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments.

Joyce Cary

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I am irritated by my own writing.

Gustave Flaubert

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The secret of successful fiction is a continual slight novelty.

Edmund Gosse

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The writer must have a more than ordinary capacity for life.

Paul Engle

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Our high respect for a well-read person is praise enough for literature.

T. S. Eliot

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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where ox-lips and the nodding violet grows;
Quite oíer-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania, sometime of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight.

William Shakespeare

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Thereís no such thing beneath the heavens as conditions favorable to art. Art must crash through or perish.

Sylvia Ashton-Warner

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The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

Joseph Joubert

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The fact is that all time is simultaneous. In a simultaneous time, punishment makes no sense. The punishment as an event and the event for which you are being punished exist at once; and since there is no past, present and future, you could just as well say that the punishment came first.

Seth

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Humbly receiving death and life, to hell I release all claim, and with new eyes see my eternal love Ė leaving.

Miguel Angel Ruiz

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Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin

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Publication is the auction of the Mind of Man.

Emily Dickinson

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People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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Read a lot, finding out what kind of writing turns you on, in order to develop a criterion for your own writing. And then trust it Ė and yourself.

Rosemary Daniell

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Bring all your intelligence to bear on your beginning.

Elizabeth Bowen

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There are some books that refuse to be written. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.

Mark Twain

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Load every rift with ore.

John Keats

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Literature is the rediscovery of childhood.

Georges Bataille

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The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.

Rachel Carson

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A manís work is nothing but the slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.

Albert Camus

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Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.

Emily Dickinson

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Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

Dr Samuel Johnson

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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

Jorge Luis Borges

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He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.

Lao Tzu

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Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.

Jim Morrison

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One doesnít discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

Andrť Gide

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Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

W. Somerset Maugham

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My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.

Karl Kraus

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When you start, the world of publishing seems like a great cathedral citadel of talent, resisting attempts to let you inside. It isnít like that at all. It may be more difficult now, and take longer than when I started to write, but thereís a great, empty warehouse out there looking for simple talent.

Alan Garner

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There are times when quantity is at least as important as quality in learning an art.

Lawrence Watt-Evans

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The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

Thomas Jefferson

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Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else. Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of, What happened? Whoís here? Whoís coming?

Eudora Welty

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Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.

Erasmus

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There are worse crimes than burning books. One is not reading them.

Joseph Brodsky

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If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.

Emile Zola

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Even though stories abound in my culture, we have no word for fiction. The only way I could get across the Western concept of fiction was to associate fiction with telling lies.

Malidoma Patrick Some

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It is always how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it is such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of the person who reads it.

Ernest Hemingway

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Energy is eternal delight.

William Blake

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Youíre only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Timothy Leary

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A full tide and a warm wind,
A wish to set my home,
If freedom dreamed belongs to me,
It sails upon the foam.
Child of the extremes,
You learn the lessons slow,
You cover many traveled turns
And build the unclaimed road.
A path taught to me yesterday
May still inside me glow,
But farther out upon the way
A footstep never shows.

Scott Jeffries

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Where we go now is new.

Bernice Ellis

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Learning is also important for the warrior in times of peace.

Budoshoshinshu

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The brain has a tendency toward chronic blaming.

Dr. Paul Pearsall

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If you have men who will exclude any of Godís creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.

St. Francis of Assisi

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Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.

James Joyce

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A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Imagine

Create

Become

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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Waste my heart on fear no more.

John OíDonohue

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Itís a delicious thing to write. To be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.

Gustave Flaubert

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These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

Gilbert Highet

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Why dance the praise? So the words can be formed in the motion of the body. So the spirit emerges from the very cauldron, the heat and fire of the self. For the reason that some writers always use a pen for various drafts, rather than a machine, the better to feel the physical intimacy of the event of writing.

Deena Metzger

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Beliefs may need to be restructured rather than denied.

Jane Roberts

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It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.

John Ruskin

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I would rather be ashes than dust.

Jack London

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When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

Mark Twain

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The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.

W. Somerset Maugham

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A man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Samuel Johnson

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You have all the scenes. Just go home and word it in.

Samuel Goldwyn

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The job of the critic is to report to us his moods.

Oscar Wilde

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Good prose is like a windowpane.

George Orwell

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What the font?

Leigh-Anne Tyson

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The principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows them possesses the magic key before whose touch all doors of the temple fly open.

The Kybalion

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Who is more real? Homer or Ulysses? Shakespeare or Hamlet? Burroughs or Tarzan?

Robert A. Heinlein

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Thereís no secret to success. Did you ever know a successful man who didnít tell you all about it?

Kin Hubbard

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I stake my destiny upon hours of uninterrupted work.

Charles Baudelaire

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The pageant of the riverbank had marched steadily along. Purple loosestrife arrived early, shaking luxuriant tangled locks along the edge of the mirror whence its own face laughed back at it. Willow-herb, tender and wistful, like a pink sunset cloud, was not slow to follow. Comfrey, the purple hand-in-hand with the white, crept forth to take its place in the line; and at last one morning the diffident and delaying dog-rose stepped delicately on the stage, and one knew, as if string-music had announced it in stately chords that strayed into a gavotte, that June at last was here. One member of the company was still awaited; the shepherd-boy for the nymphs to woo, the knight for whom the ladies waited at the window, the prince that was to kiss the sleeping summer back to life and love. But when meadow-sweet, debonair and odorous in amber jerkin, moved graciously to his place in the group, then the play was ready to begin.

Kenneth Grahame

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle

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I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.

Ernest Hemingway

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I had discovered, early in my researches, that their hermetic doctrine was no mere chemical fantasy, but a philosophy they applied to the world, to the elements, and to man himself.

W. B. Yeats

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From time immemorial artistic insights have been revealed to artists in their sleep and in dreams, so that at all times they ardently desired them.

Paracelsus

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The shot will go smoothly only when it takes the archer himself by surprise.

Eugene Herrigel

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Industry need not wish.

Benjamin Franklin

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Joking is teaching. Donít be fooled by the lightness or the vulgarity. Jokes are serious.

Rumi

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For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer.

Frederic Raphael

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Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.

Ernest Hemingway

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One becomes two, two becomes three, and by means of the third and fourth achieves unity; thus two are but one. Invert nature and you will find that what you seek. Join the male and the female, and you will find what is sought.

Maria the Jewess

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The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

J. Krishnamurti

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You never learn how to write a novel. You just learn how to write the novel that youíre writing.

Gene Wolfe

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Whereís your will to be weird?

Jim Morrison

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Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. Itís delightful to distort size, to see something thatís tiny as though it were vast.

Robert Morgan

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Writing was like digging coal. I sweat blood. The spell is on me.

Zane Grey

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The brain is wider than the sky.

Emily Dickinson

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For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.

William Blake

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All my life, Iíve been frightened at the moment I sit down to write.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The ablest writer is only a gardener first, and then a cook.

Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

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Donít try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. Itís the one and only thing you have to offer.

Barbara Kingsolver

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It would not be better if things happened just as men wish.

Heraclitus

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Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Marge, donít discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. Itís what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel.

Homer Simpson

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It is a greater joy to see the authorís author, than himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Still no response from my editor in New York. Almost two months now since I sent back the manuscript. There are problems, I saw today, but nothing insurmountable. Itís the other thing, this silence, that sits on my chest and crushes the breath out of me.

Bill Barich

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Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Donít write them down.

W. B. Kinsella

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A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

Kahlil Gibran

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Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.

Theodore Dreiser

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Make it new.

Ezra Pound

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We are the species that clamors to be lied to.

Joyce Carol Oates

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The power of the symbol comes from the nature of perception and thought. The train whistle makes us see the train, the footstep in the hall reminds us of the family relative.

Delmore Schwartz

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A novelist is someone who sits around the house all day in his underwear, trying not to smoke.

Scott Spencer

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The usual way Ė through a long series of rejections, revising my manuscripts, and kept trying again and again. Finally I was fortunate enough to find a good agent.

Danielle Steel

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There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.

Herman Melville

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Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.

Sid Caesar

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I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes Ė but is that all?

Walt Whitman

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What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.

A. A. Milne

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What is really beautiful must always be true.

Stendhal

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I couldnít wait for success, so I went ahead without it.

Jonathan Winters

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Know the story before you fall in love with your first sentence. If you donít know the story before you begin the story, what kind of a storyteller are you? Just an ordinary kind, just a mediocre kind Ė making it up as you go along, like a common liar.

John Irving

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Develop any other skill; turn to any other branch of knowledge; learn how to use your hands. Try woodworking, bird watching, gardening, mushrooming, cooking, fishing, sailing, weaving, pottery, zoology, astronomy, cosmology, take your pick. Whatever activity you engage in as trade or hobby, or field of study, will tone up your body and clear your head. At the very least, it will help you with your metaphors.

Stanley Kunitz

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No one can write decently who is distrustful of the readerís intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.

E. B. White

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The proper study of mankind is books.

Aldous Huxley

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Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it. You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.

Will Rogers

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When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the way.

Japanese proverb

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It is better to create than to learn. Creating is the essence of life.

Julius Caesar

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The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.

Walt Whitman

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Every writer at some point must go through an analytical period, but in time he must get his own characteristic solutions into his blood, so that when confronted by a problem in a novel heís writing he does not consult his literary background. He feels his way to the solution.

John Gardner

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Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There is no measure or limit to this fever for writing; every one must be an author; some out of vanity to acquire celebrity and raise up a name, others for the sake of filthy lucre and gain.

Martin Luther

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In art, economy is always beauty.

Henry James

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Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.

E. L. Doctorow

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I can make more generals, but horses cost money.

Abraham Lincoln

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A true friend stabs you in the front.

Oscar Wilde

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The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.

Jorge Luis Borges

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We have art in order not to die of the truth.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.

Gurdjieff

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Have common sense and stick to the point.

W. Somerset Maugham

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Truth is in things, and not in words.

Herman Melville

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Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

Walt Whitman

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One can acquire everything in solitude Ė except character.

Stendhal

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The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Marcus Aurelius

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Transmute yourselves from deadstones into living philosophical stones.

Gerhardt Dorn

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You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for Ė if you are honest Ė you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one.

P. L. Travers

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There is no blue without yellow and without orange.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Dreaming or awake, we perceive only events that have meaning to us.

Jane Roberts

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Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.

Charles Dickens

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If you write well, you donít have to dress funny.

James Dickey

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Then what is writing of quality? To know how to thrust your head into the darkness, know how to leap into the void, and to understand that literature is basically a dangerous calling.

Roberto BolaŮo

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Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

A. A. Milne

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The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

Walt Whitman

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Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.

Marcus Aurelius

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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Benjamin Franklin

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Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Anybody can be good in the country.

Oscar Wilde

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Nature is a temple where living columns
Let slip from time to time uncertain words;
Man finds his way through forests of symbols
Which regard him with familiar gazes.

Charles Baudelaire

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Fear is the mind-killer.

Frank Herbert

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Whatever inspiration is, itís born from a continuous ďI donít know.Ē

Wislawa Szymborska

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The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If the stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each otherís memory.

Barry Lopez

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All a publisher has to do is write cheques at intervals, while a lot of deserving and industrious chappies rally round and do the real work.

P. G. Wodehouse

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A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

William Strunk

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Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.

Charles Dickens

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In relating the circumstances which have led to my confinement within this refuge for the demented, I am aware that my present position will create a natural doubt of the authenticity of my narrative.

H. P. Lovecraft

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I want you to be everything thatís you, deep at the center of your being.

Confucius

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Becoming is the mode of activity of the uncreate deity.

Helena P. Blavatsky

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The Lord of Delphi neither speaks nor remains silent; but he speaks in symbols.

Heraclitus

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Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Writing is the supreme solace.

W. Somerset Maugham

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It is not my mode of thought that has caused my misfortunes, but the mode of thought of others.

Marquis de Sade

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Dwell in possibility.

Emily Dickinson

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Books can only reveal us to ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

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I cannot start a story or chapter without knowing how it ends. Of course it rarely ends that way.

Kashua Ishigura

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Thatís the essential goal of the writer: you slice out a piece of yourself and slap it down on the desk in front of you.

Stephen Leigh

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The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel, the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.

William Faulkner

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One sheds oneís sicknesses in books Ė repeats and presents again oneís emotions, to be master of them.

D. H. Lawrence

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Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you canít expect an angel to look out.

Arthur Schoenhauer

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By far the greatest thing is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others. It is a sign of genius, for a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of similarity among dissimilars.

Aristotle

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Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

Vincent Van Gogh

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If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works.

John Dos Passos

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If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the cross-roads.

P. L. Travers

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The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.

Flannery OíConnor

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Art is the objectification of feeling.

Herman Melville

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Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow.

Paracelsus

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Water is the driving force of all nature.

Leonardo da Vinci

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An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.

Lao Tzu

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Three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.

Anthony Trollope

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Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.

St. Francis of Assisi

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People are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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One writes such a story not out of the leaves of trees still to be observed, nor by means of botany and soil-science; but it grows like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of mind: out of all that has been seen or thought or read, that has long ago been forgotten, descending into the deeps.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Myth hovers in the shadows of fairy tales.

Deena Metzger

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A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razorstrap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.

Mark Twain

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What things there are to write, if one could only write them! My mind is full of gleaming thought; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings. But always the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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Itís much more important to write than to be written about.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Never save anything for your next book.

Tam Mossman

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I accept Time absolutely.

Walt Whitman

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It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

W. Somerset Maugham

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A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.

Benjamin Franklin

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What would happen next? The novelist droned on, and before the audience guessed what happened next, they either fell asleep or killed him.

E. M. Forster

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If the artist does not fling himself, without reflecting, into his work, as Curtis flung himself into the yawning gulf, as the soldier flings himself into the enemyís trenches, and if, once in this crater, he does not work like a miner on whom the walls of his gallery have fallen in; if he contemplates difficulties instead of overcoming them one by one: he is looking on at the suicide of his own talent.

Honore de Balzac

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Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.

Unknown

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You must break all the rules of painting, but you must also convince me youíve had a reason to do so.

Hans Hoffman

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God writes a lot of comedy. Trouble is, heís stuck with so many bad actors who donít know how to play funny.

Garrison Keillor

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I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.

E. B. White

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The novel is an event in consciousness. The novelist is inviting readers to watch a performance in their own brain.

George Buchanan

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The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

William Wordsworth

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A stale article, if you dip it in a good, warm, sunny smile, will go off better than a fresh one that youíve scowled upon.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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We can be knowledgeable with other menís knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other menís wisdom.

Michel de Montaigne

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To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it.

Elizabeth I

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Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the regions of truth. She is positively akin to infinity.

Charles Baudelaire

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I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

Vincent Van Gogh

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It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?

Vita Sackville-West

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The road that is walked in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than a road trod in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.

Marion Zimmer Bradley

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I think itís bad to talk about oneís present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.

Norman Mailer

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An observation of the facts of human existence will reveal to those who sneer at the use of coincidence in fiction and drama that life itself is little more than a series of coincidences.

Rafael Sabatini

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However great a manís natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Maybe, just once, someone will call me ĎSirí without adding, ĎYouíre making a scene.í

Homer Simpson

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If youíre looking for messages, try Western Union.

Ernest Hemingway

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You donít have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.

Les Brown

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If you follow your bliss you will find a path laid out before you that has been waiting all along.

Joseph Campbell

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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

William Butler Yeats

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He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Oscar Wilde

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When you are content to be simply yourself and donít compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu

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Sometimes the guide is as mysterious as the psychopomp Hermes, who leads the souls of the dead into the underworld, or as formidable as Virgil, who led Dante into the realms of hell; sometimes she is a wondrous as the appearance of an angel or as disturbing as the odd creature at the crossroads whom we were lucky enough to befriend and thereby earned a gift Ė the cloak of invisibility, the magic password, the sleeping potion without which we cannot cross over to or survive on the other side.

Deena Metzger

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Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,
And shares the nature of infinity.

William Wordsworth

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Writers would be warm, loyal, and otherwise terrific people Ė if only theyíd stop writing.

Laura Miller

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Did it happen? No. Is it true? Yes.

Ron Carlson

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Men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

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Know the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.

Herman Melville

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To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

Aldous Huxley

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I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today.

James Joyce

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Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Henry David Thoreau

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The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.

Samuel Johnson

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Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

W. Somerset Maugham

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I have a theory of my own about what the art of the novel is, and how it came into being. It happens because the storytellerís own experience has moved him to an emotion so passionate that he can no longer keep it shut up in his heart.

Lady Murasaki

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Draw, Antonio, draw and do not waste time.

Michelangelo

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When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France

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I donít take drugs, I take books.

Ingeborg Bachmann

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A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

Robert Heinlein

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My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.

John D. MacDonald

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Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.

Paracelsus

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Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people donít see any.

Orson Scott Card

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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

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I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand.

Chinese proverb

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Writers have an island, a center of refuge, within themselves. It is the mindís anchorage, the soulís Great Good Place.

Wright Morris

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In change things rest.

Heraclitus

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If I ever get real rich, I hope Iím not mean to poor people, like I am now.

Jack Handy

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The Philosopherís Stone is called the most ancient, secret or unknown, natural, incomprehensible, heavenly, blessed, sacred Stone of the Sages. It is described as being true, more certain than certainty itself, the arcanum of all arcana Ė the Divine virtue which is hidden from the foolish, the aim and end of all things under heaven, the wonderful epilogue or conclusion of all the labours of the Sages Ė the perfect essence of all the elements, the indestructible body which no element can injure, the quintessence; the double and living mercury which has in itself the heavenly spirit Ė the cure for all unsound and imperfect metals Ė the everlasting light Ė the panacea for all diseases Ė the glorious Phúnix Ė the most precious of treasures Ė the chief good of Nature Ė the universal triune Stone, which is naturally composed of three things, and, nevertheless, is but one Ė nay, is generated and brought forth of one, two, three, four, and five.

The Sophic Hydrolith

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The task of the right eye is to peer into the telescope, while the left eye peers into the microscope.

Max Ernst

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Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when heís well dressed. There ainít much credit in that.

Charles Dickens

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And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves ďItís pretty, but is it Art?Ē

Rudyard Kipling

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You cannot open a book without learning something.

Confucius

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I felt a cleavage in my mind
As if my brain had split;
I tried to match it, seam by seam,
But could not make them fit.

Emily Dickinson

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What is the subconscious to every other person, in its creative aspect becomes, for writers, the muse.

Ray Bradbury

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Only he who can be can do.

Gurdjieff

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The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.

Flannery OíConnor

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The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.

Mickey Spillane

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I canít think of any one film that improved on a good novel, but I can think of many good films that came from very bad novels.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The task of a writer consists of being able to make something out of an idea.

Thomas Mann

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Try to be one on whom nothing is lost.

Henry James

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Writing is communication, not self-expression.

Richard Peck

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For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

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There is in a word something sacred which forbids us from using it recklessly. To handle a language cunningly is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.

Charles Baudelaire

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Never give a sword to a man who canít dance.

Confucius

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Fundamental accuracy is the sole morality of writing.

Ezra Pound

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You could tell it was classical music, because the banjo players were leaning back and chewing gum; and in New York restaurants only death or a classical specality can stop banjoists.

P. G. Wodehouse

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I sent ĎThe World Well Lostí to one editor who rejected it on sight, and then wrote a letter to every other editor in the field warning them against the story, and urging them to reject it on sight without reading it.

Theodore Sturgeon

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The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.

Dr Seuss

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Nature has not got two voices, you know, one of them condemning all day what the other commands.

Marquis de Sade

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There now ensued a series of incidents which transported me to the opposite extremes of ecstasy and horror; incidents which I tremble to recall and dare not seek to interpret.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Conviction without experience makes for harshness.

Flannery OíConnor

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You canít stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you.

A. A. Milne

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She was looking more and more like an aunt than anything human.

P. G. Wodehouse

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There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Charles Dickens

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He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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My interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time.

Carlos Castaneda

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Think no evil, see no evil, hear no evil, and you will never write a best-selling novel.

Dan Bennett

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Godís only excuse is that he does not exist.

Stendhal

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An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.

Aldous Huxley

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It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

St. Francis of Assisi

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One must have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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I love my work but do not know how I write it.

Zane Grey

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Common-looking people are the best in the world. That is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.

Abraham Lincoln

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The ideas arenít that important. Really they arenít. Everyoneís got an idea for a book, a movie, a story, a TV series.

Neil Gaiman

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On most writers, the earmarks of thrift, if not outright povery, are evident.

Joyce Thompson

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And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poetís pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare

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There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.

Louis LíAmour

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To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.

William James

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The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be.

The Necronomicon

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He said true things, but called them by the wrong names.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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People can die of mere imagination.

Geoffrey Chaucer

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When night darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.

John Milton

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Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.

George Washington

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The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.

Jackson Pollock

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For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded.

James M. Barrie

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He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!

Emily Dickinson

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We are trying to create a world in the imagination from which to draw the kinds of experiences we need in order to realize our possibilities.

Deena Metzger

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I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.

Michel de Montaigne

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Basically, fiction is people. You canít write fiction about ideas.

Theodore Sturgeon

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The best way to know God is to love many things.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.

Benjamin Franklin

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Nature is not human-hearted.

Lao Tzu

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One who has not had a good father must create one.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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What is the price of experience? It is bought with the price of all a man hath, his house, his wife, his children.

William Blake

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Every burned book enlightens the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.

James M. Barrie

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To begin, begin.

William Wordsworth

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Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius. He who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much.

William Godwin

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Even if what youíre working on doesnít go anywhere, it will help you with the next thing youíre doing. Make yourself available for something to happen. Give it a shot.

Cormac McCarthy

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No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

Confucius

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Some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy.

H. P. Lovecraft

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The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence.

Flannery OíConnor

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Ideas are but approximations. To the gods, our ideas are childrenís toys.

Heraclitus

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If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

David Viscott

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I do not ask the wounded person how he feels. I myself become the wounded person.

Walt Whitman

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The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing.

Ken MacLeod

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I must go home periodically to renew my sense of horror.

Carson McCullers

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The book should act as a window to the word.

Harry Duncan

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Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life.

William James

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Awake, arise, or be forever fallen!

John Milton

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When youíre painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.

Jackson Pollock

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Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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I feel Iíve certainly been lucky to find a publisher who seems so interested generally in his authors.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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O son, how many bodies have we to pass through, how many bands of demons, through how many series of repetitions and cycles of the stars, before we hasten to the One alone?

Hermes Trismegistus

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While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

Leonardo da Vinci

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If thou art a writer, write as if thy time were short, for it is.

Henry David Thoreau

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Pessimist: one who, when he has a choice between two evils, chooses both.

Oscar Wilde

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Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end.

Ernest Hemingway

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Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me.
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

Emily Dickinson

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Screenplays are not works of art. They are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.

Paul Schrader

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You have to have that feeling of ďIíll show them.Ē If you donít have it, donít become a writer. Itís part of the animal, itís primitive, but if you donít want to rise above the crowd, forget it.

Leon Uris

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A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann

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The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life.

Norbet Platt

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A writer: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.

John K. Hutchens

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What I donít write is as important as what I write.

Jamaica Kincaid

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He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.

Louisa May Alcott

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For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.

Louis LíAmour

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He lives most life whoever breathes most air.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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If you are a genius, youíll make your own rules, but if not Ė and the odds are against it Ė go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper.

J. B. Priestley

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I donít sing because Iím happy; Iím happy because I sing.

William James

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I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.

Lord Byron

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There must be room in love for hate.

Molly Peacock

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Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.

Cicero

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Really, in the end, the only thing that can make you a writer is the person that you are, the intensity of your feeling, the honesty of your vision, the unsentimental acknowledgment of the endless interest of the life around and within you.

Santha Rama Rau

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To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.

Lord Byron

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With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

William Wordsworth

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A boyís story is the best that is ever told.

Charles Dickens

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People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.

G. K. Chesterton

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When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him.

Paracelsus

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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

Benjamin Franklin

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Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Henry David Thoreau

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Though men may be deep, mentally they are slow.

Camille Paglia

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Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

Max Ernst

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Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

Pablo Picasso

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The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Those with ďsomething to fall back onĒ invariably fall back on it. They intended to all along. That is why they provided themselves with it.

David Mamet

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At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.

Nelson Algren

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Fiction is an act of revenge.

John Hawkes

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Any ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books, and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.

Nelson Algren

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To imagine yourself inside another person is what a story writer does in every piece of work. It is his first step, and his last too.

Eudora Welty

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If you really want to hurt your parents and donít have nerve enough to be homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts.

Kurt Vonnegut

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Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.

Joseph Roux

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Donít mistake a good setup for a satisfying conclusion Ė many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.

Stanley Schmidt

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Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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When a manís knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.

Herbert Spencer

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The only way to become a better writer is to become a better person.

Brenda Ueland

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From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.

Miguel de Cervantes

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A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Ayn Rand

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Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.

Aldous Huxley

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The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.

Lao Tzu

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Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.

Gore Vidal

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Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. Most believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist knows how difficult it is.

Willa Cather

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Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.

Homer

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Everything stinks till itís finished.

Dr Seuss

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Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.

Confucius

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That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something youíve understood all your life, but in a new way.

Doris Lessing

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I wish they would only take me as I am.

Vincent Van Gogh

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And I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.

Walt Whitman

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The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Iím not a teacher, but an awakener.

Robert Frost

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Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.

William Zinsser

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Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

Oscar Wilde

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Everything that suffers is sensible; everything that is sensible, suffereth.

The Divine Pymander

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I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

Thomas Edison

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Without a gentle contempt for education, no manís education is complete.

G. K. Chesterton

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Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist.

Camille Paglia

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Most English-speaking people, for instance, will admit that cellar door is Ďbeautifulí, especially if dissociated from its sense and spelling. More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.

Charles Dickens

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Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.

Benjamin Franklin

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a manís character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

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The novel is likely, if the best literary brains cannot be induced to return to it, to survive in some perfunctory, despised and hopelessly degenerate form, like modern tombstones, or the Punch and Judy show.

George Orwell

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An artist is a creature driven by demons. He donít know why they choose him and heís usually too busy to wonder why.

William Faulkner

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Who are you going to believe Ė me, or your own eyes?

Groucho Marx

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It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat.

Henry Ward Beecher

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No time for poetry but exactly what is.

Jack Kerouac

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It takes a great deal of experience to become natural.

Willa Cather

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Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute.

Franklin P. Adams

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Any story takes place in the landscape of the imagination.

Stef Penney

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Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.

John Campbell

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To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself.

Mark Twain

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You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them. The great charm of all power is modesty.

Louisa May Alcott

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Thereís only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and thatís a writer sitting down to write.

Mignon McLaughlin

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A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

William James

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The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first.

Blaise Pascal

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The naming of what is there is what is important.

Ian McEwan

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Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.

James M. Barrie

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The Principle of Rhythm embodies this truth: that in everything there is manifested a measured motion; a to-and-from movement; a flow and inflow; a swing forward and backward; a pendulum-like movement between opposing energies.

The Kybalion

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Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.

John Maynard Keynes

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To feel within my body that I was pushing out to new areas of feeling, strange landmarks of emotion, tramping upon foreign soil, compounding new relationships of perception, making new and unheard-of effects with words. That is writing as I feel it, a kind of significant living.

Richard Wright

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It is not inspiration; it is expiration.

Jean Cocteau

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Close the door.

Barbara Kingsolver

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Plausibility is the morality of fiction.

Edith Mirrilees

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Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.

Herbert Spencer

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I donít like work, but I like what is in the work Ė the chance to find yourself.

Joseph Conrad

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Slowly but inexorably crawling upon my consciousness and rising above every other impression, came a dizzying fear of the unknown; a fear all the greater because I could not analyse it, and seeming to concern a stealthily approaching menace; not death, but some nameless, unheard-of thing inexpressibly more ghastly and abhorrent.

H. P. Lovecraft

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The object of art is to give life a shape.

William Shakespeare

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America is essentially a womanís country Ė why shouldnít the leading novelists be women?

Henry Miller

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All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.

Thomas Wolfe

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.

Nadine Gordimer

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You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.

William E. Gladstone

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When we sit down each day and do our work. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings.

Steven Pressfield

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Realists do not fear the results of their study.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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God has entrusted me with myself.

Epictetus

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The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.

Aleister Crowley

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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

William Shakespeare

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Every man is the son of his own works.

Miguel de Cervantes

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When I think about all the crap I learned in high school itís a wonder I can think at all.

Paul Simon

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The old lemon throbbed fiercely. I got an idea.

P. G. Wodehouse

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All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I.

Louis LíAmour

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Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

William Blake

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Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Beatrix Potter

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A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.

Tom Wolfe

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My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy

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Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due Ė she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

E. M. Forster

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Nothing is proved, all is permitted.

Theodore Dreiser

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Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.

W. C. Fields

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To be energetic and authentic, a national literature includes dialogues with the despised. Equally, our own writing wants to be infused with the dark light from our underworlds.

Deena Metzger

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Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

Frank Herbert

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In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.

Ulysses S. Grant

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Once you Ďgotí Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.

Andy Warhol

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It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking. It can do no other. In ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.

Franz Kafka

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I write to escape; to escape poverty.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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The imagination needs moodling Ė long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.

Brenda Ueland

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Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.

William James

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Do what you can with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

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It is easy to finish things. Nothing is simpler. Never does one lie so cleverly as then.

Toulouse Lautrec

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We work in the dark. We do what we can. We give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

Henry James

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Iím not funny. What I am is brave.

Lucille Ball

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He who is only just is cruel.

Lord Byron

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A troop of porcupines is milling about on a cold winterís day. In order to keep from freezing, the animals move closer together. Just as they are close enough to huddle, however, they start to poke each other with their quills. In order to stop the pain, they spread out, lose the advantage of commingling, and begin to shiver. This sends them back in search of each other, and the cycle repeats as they struggle to find a comfortable distance between entanglement and freezing.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

Henry David Thoreau

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Let us not make arbitrary conjectures about the greatest matters.

Heraclitus

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I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.

James M. Barrie

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Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.

Camille Paglia

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The more particular, the more specific you are, the more universal you are.

Nancy Hale

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I wake up every morning determined both to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day a little difficult.

E. B. White

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I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

Aleister Crowley

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My aim is to put down what I see in the best and simplest way.

Ernest Hemingway

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If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Epictetus

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A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.

Lord Byron

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Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.

W. C. Fields

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The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.

E. M. Forster

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There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is seeing something that isnít there.

Thomas Hardy

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I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.

Joseph Conrad

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You want in all cases for the story to get through the writing.

Alice Munro

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I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

T. S. Eliot

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Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but itís the readers who build that world in their own minds.

Ursula Le Guin

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Donít say the old lady screamed Ė bring her on and let her scream.

Mark Twain

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If a secret history of books could be written, and the authorís private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

W. C. Fields

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Why donít you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Iím a holy man minus the holiness.

E. M. Forster

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The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.

John Steinbeck

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We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The only thing I can say that is not bullshit is that you do have to learn to write in a way that you would learn to play the violin. Everybody seems to think that you should be able to turn on the faucet one day and out will come the novel. I think for most people itís just practice, practice, practice, that sense of just learning your instrument until Ė when you have an idea on the violin, you donít have to translate it into violin-speak anymore Ė the language is your own. Itís not something you can think your way into, or outsmart. youíve just got to do it.

Kevin Canty

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When Iím writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is.

Anne Rice

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Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin.

Kahlil Gibran

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Writing well is at one and the same time good thinking, good feeling and good expression; it is having wit, soul and taste, all together.

George-Louis Leclerc

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Nothing can come of nothing.

William Shakespeare

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The bones connected by joints are at once one and several. To agree is to differ, the harmony is the discord. From the particulars come oneness, from oneness the particulars.

Heraclitus

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There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as do exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.

Jessamyn West

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If you wish to be a writer, write.

Epictetus

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It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.

Joseph Conrad

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Not every man can see the truth, but he can be it.

Franz Kafka

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The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.

Andy Warhol

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Writing for adults, you have to keep reminding them of what is going on. Children you only need to tell things to once.

Diana Wynne Jones

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The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man canít touch.

E. M. Forster

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If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each manís life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The writerís work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

Marcel Proust

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God gave us memory so we might have roses in December.

James M. Barrie

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I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.

Miguel De Cervantes

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If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.

William James

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When I say artist I mean the man who is building things. Itís all a big game of construction Ė some with a brush Ė some with a shovel Ė some choose a pen.

Jackson Pollock

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It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Your writing is trying to tell you something.

Joanne Greenberg

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The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

Robert Benchley

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The virtue of books is to be readable.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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No matter what the subject, the subject is always love.

Ingrid Bengis

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Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.

Lewis Carroll

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Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.

Jane Austen

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They said this mystery never shall cease:
The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace.

William Blake

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.

Herman Hesse

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To tell the truth is a very difficult thing; and young people are rarely capable of it.

Leo Tolstoy

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If a person feels he canít communicate, the least he can do is shut up about it.

Tom Lehrer

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If there is on earth a house with many mansions, it is the house of words.

E. M. Forster

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Love is lifeís reward, rewarded in rewarding.

Herbert Spencer

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Any fool can take a bad line out of a poem; it takes a real pro to throw out a good line.

Theodore Roethke

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Bring my goat.

Porgy

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Words derive their power from the original word.

Meister Eckhart

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Books are not meant to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustnít ask ourselves what it says but what it means.

Umberto Eco

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Many that live deserve death and many that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be so quick to deal out death and judgement, for even the very wise cannot see all ends.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Don Quixoteís misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.

Franz Kafka

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Carpe per diem Ė seize the check.

Robin Williams

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I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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The energy of divine fire shines forth voluntarily and in common, and being self-invoked and self-energetic, energizes through all things with invariable sameness, both through the natures which impart and those that are able to receive its light. This mode of solution, therefore, is far superior, which does not suppose that divine works are effected through contrariety, or discrepance, in the way in which generated natures are usually produced; but asserts that every such work is rightly accomplished through sameness, union, and consent.

Iamblichus On The Mysteries

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The poet shall shall know that the ground is always ready-ploughed and manured. Others may not know it but he shall. He shall go directly to the creation. His trust shall master the trust of everything he touches and shall master all attachment.

Walt Whitman

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Practice doesnít make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Vince Lombardi

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Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.

Umberto Eco

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When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.

James Baldwin

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Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn.

William Shakespeare

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I deny nothing, but doubt everything.

Lord Byron

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He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.

Joseph Conrad

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When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.

Andy Warhol

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If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Inspiration is the act of drawing up a chair to the writing desk.

Unknown

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Art, it seems to me, should simplify, so that all that one has suppressed and cut away is there to the readerís consciousness as much as if it were in type on the page.

Willa Cather

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I left nearly all my business to an agent. I am still encumbered with his slovenly and disadvantageous agreements.

H. G. Wells

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It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen, to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesnít advance the story.

Frank Yerby

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The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.

Samuel Johnson

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Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of a void, but out of chaos; the materials must in the first place be afforded; it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself.

Mary Shelley

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Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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In the middle of my lifeís walk
I found myself in a dark wood,
For the straight road was lost.

Dante Alighieri

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Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. Itís literary suicide.

Erma Bombeck

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Why? leads inexorably to paradox. How? traps you in a universe of cause and effect. Both deny the infinite.

Frank Herbert

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There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.

E. M. Forster

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No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.

William E. Gladstone

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The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may.

Walter Savage Landor

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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.

T. S. Eliot

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Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as menís judgments of one another.

Erasmus

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No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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All our heroes, all our great stories are about failure.

Peter Carey

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Tobacco had nowhere been forbidden in the Bible, but then it had not yet been discovered, and had probably only escaped proscription for this reason.

Samuel Butler

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Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.

William James

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Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true.

Paracelsus

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My painting does not come from the easel.

Jackson Pollock

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Biography lends to death a new terror.

Oscar Wilde

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The writerís intention hasnít anything to do with what he achieves. The intent to earn money or the intent to be famous or the intent to be great doesnít matter in the end. Just what comes out.

Lillian Hellman

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I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.

Ernest Hemingway

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There is no try. There is only do or do not.

Yoda

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In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

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Itís under Edit.

Claire Born

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Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

Meister Eckhart

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To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful "magic skills" that human beings are capable of.

Elizabeth Gilbert

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A writer without sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.

Joseph Conrad

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Dare and the world yields.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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It ainít what they call you, itís what you answer to.

W. C. Fields

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One of the things that happens to careers out here is that people destroy themselves because they begin to think theyíre wonderful. They begin to think they know what theyíre doing, and the minute that happens, itís over.

William Goldman

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Jests that give pain are no jests.

Miguel de Cervantes

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Do not ever say that the desire to do good by force is a good motive.

Ayn Rand

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A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.

Herman Melville

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Thunderbolt is at the helm.

Heraclitus

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A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.

Benjamin Franklin

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Soundbite and slogan, strapline and headline, at every turn we meet hyperbole. The soaring inflation of the English language is more urgently in need of control than the economic variety.

Trevor Nunn

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Somewhere in his journals Dostoyevsky remarks that a writer can begin anywhere, at the most commonplace thing, scratch around in it long enough, pray and dig away long enough, and lo! soon he will hit upon the marvelous.

Saul Bellow

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Sure, itís simple, writing for kids. Just as simple as bringing them up.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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From two waters make one, whereby seek to make the sun and moon. Prepare to drink the wine of the antagonists. And you shall see with the Dead. Thereupon, make watery earth. And multiply the stone.

The Splendor Solis

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Be a fool on the page. Step off the cliff.

Deena Metzger

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Talent canít be taught, but it can be awakened.

Wallace Stegner

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I paint things as they are. I donít comment.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

William James

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ĎTwas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gymbal in the wabe:
All mimsey were the borogroves,
And the momes rath outgrabe.

Lewis Carrol

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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Rachel Carson

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The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.

Geoffrey Chaucer

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I donít exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.

J. D. Salinger

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Youíre only given a little spark of madness. You mustnít lose it.

Robin Williams

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Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.

Lord Byron

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At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.

E. M. Forster

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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

William Shakespeare

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There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.

Nadine Gordimer

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The world nourishes bodies, the spirit nourishes souls.

Hermes Trismegistus

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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

Miguel de Cervantes

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Heaven help the American-born boy with a talent for ballet.

Camille Paglia

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Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.

W. Somerset Maugham

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Really to pray, one must want nothing.

Meister Eckhart

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The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is.

August Wilson

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A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.

W. C. Fields

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If a man has talent and canít use it, heís failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know.

Thomas Wolfe

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Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

Louisa May Alcott

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Belief creates the actual fact.

William James

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When I am in my painting, Iím not aware of what Iím doing.

Jackson Pollock

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Confucius

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It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.

Oscar Wilde

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You contain enough, why donít you let it out then?

Walt Whitman

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By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon named Night
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule,
From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of Space Ė out of Time.

Edgar Allen Poe

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A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

Herman Melville

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The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

T. S. Eliot

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Iím not saying all publishers have to be literary, but some interest in books would help.

A. N. Wilson

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Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.

Mike Rich

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Writing is just having a sheet of paper, a pen and not a shadow of an idea of what you are going to say.

Francoise Sagan

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The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.

Franz Kafka

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The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.

Aleister Crowley

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If you want to reveal something, you need to hide it properly first.

Colin Greenland

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It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.

Epictetus

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Revision, once well done, becomes a sort of automatic itch which you scratch in the next work without thinking about it.

Romulus Linney

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Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Of course one should not drink much, but often.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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I write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now belongs to me.

Jack London

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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, youíre a mile away and you have their shoes.

Jack Handy

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To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.

Rachel Carson

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Therefore trust to thy heart, and to what the world calls illusions.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Jane Austen

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The human spirit is so great a thing that no man can express it; could we rightly comprehend the mind of man nothing would be impossible to us upon the earth.

Paracelcus

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Great writers are the saints for the godless.

Anita Brookner

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Gentiles are people who eat mayonnaise for no reason.

Robin Williams

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I try to work every day, even when Iím not motivated.

Mel Ramos

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The main question to a novel is Ė did it amuse? It is only meant to please; and it must do that or it does nothing.

Sydney Smith

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If I were a girl, I should be still in my first innocence. If I were a woman, I should always be giving birth in my soul to the eternal word. If I were a husband, I should put up a stiff resistance to all evil. If I were a wife, I should keep faith with my dear one, whom I married. If I were a widow, I should be always longing for the one I loved. If I were a virgin, I should be reverently devout. If I were a servant maid, in humility I should count myself lower than God or any creature; and if I were a manservant, I should be hard at work, always serving my Lord with my whole heart. But since of all these I am neither one, I am just a something among somethings, and so I go.

Meister Eckhart

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I donít care what anybody says about me as long as it isnít true.

Dorothy Parker

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Tap into what you donít want to say. Tap into that secret place, despite the agony, despite the personal pain, over and above the fatigue.

Arthur Penn

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None of the writing is easy, but I no longer refuse to do it for fear that Iíll fail to get it right. It can never be right, I know; it can only be done.

Nancy Mairs

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His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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To forget oneís purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear, and devils, too.

Graycie Harmon

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The more you say, the less people remember.

Francois Fenelon

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You know how it is in the kidís book world; itís just bunny eat bunny.

Unknown

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In any art form, generalities are useless.

Zubin Mehta

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Writing is far too hard work to say what someone else wants me to.

Jane Rule

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There are two kinds of sacrifices: the ordinary kind, and those performed by men who have first purified themselves.

Heraclitus

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In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.

Oscar Wilde

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Scientific people are always curious, and I am going to be scientific. I keep saying to myself: What is it? What is it? Itís something. It canít be nothing! I donít know its name, so I call it Magic. I have never seen the sun rise, but Mary and Dickon have, and from what they tell me I am sure that is Magic too. Something pushes it up and draws it. Sometimes since Iíve been in the garden Iíve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something were pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of Magic: leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.

Ivana Trump

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Art canít hurt you.

Fred Babb

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Whenever you read a good book, itís like the author is right there, in the room talking to you, which is why I donít like to read good books.

Jack Handy

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But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?

H. P. Lovecraft

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Is there no way out of the mind?

Sylvia Plath

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Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity.

Joseph Conrad

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No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Donít knock your friends. Donít knock your enemies. Donít knock yourself.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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The structure of myth exists in the mind and needs only be tapped.

Deena Metzger

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ĎSo have I,í said the stranger, Ďa strong poetic turn. Epic poem Ė ten thousand lines Ė revolution of July Ė composed it on the spot Ė Mars by day, Apollo by night Ė bang the field-piece, twang the lyre.í

Charles Dickens

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Adversity is the first path to truth.

Lord Byron

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Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. Thereís nothing like having a midget for a butler.

W. C. Fields

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Be soft, even if you stand to get squashed.

E. M. Forster

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A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.

Franz Kafka

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All fiction is for me a kind of magic and trickery Ė a confidence trick, trying to make people believe something is true.

Angus Wilson

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Life always spills over the rim of every cup.

Boris Pasternak

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One who is caught in thought loses his original nature. All he knows are words and descriptions. When he sees the actual thing, he fails to perceive it.

Dalai Lama

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I write because I like to write.

Paddy Chayefsky

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The task of a writer consists in being able to make something out of an idea.

Thomas Mann

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I have just been to a city in the West, a city full of poets, a city they have made safe for poets. The whole city is so lovely that you do not have to write it up to make it poetry; it is ready-made for you. But, I donít know Ė the poetry written in that city might not seem like poetry if read outside of the city. It would be like the jokes made when you were drunk; you have to get drunk again to appreciate them.

Robert Frost

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Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.

Dorothy Parker

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Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?

Jane Austen

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One cannot violate the promptings of oneís nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.

Jack London

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The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

William James

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Iím youth, Iím joy, Iím a little bird that has broken out of the egg.

James M. Barrie

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One must work and dare if one really wants to live.

Vincent Van Gogh

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The words of the scholar are to be understood. The words of the master are not to be understood. They are to be listened to as one listens to the wind in the trees and the sound of the river and the song of the bird. They will awaken something within the heart that is beyond all knowledge.

Anthony de Mello

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Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Kiss me and you will see how important I am.

Sylvia Plath

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In the world of words imagination is one of the forces of nature.

Wallace Stevens

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Itís funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.

Jack Handy

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This is where I begin to live my life, knowing that nothing matters, nothing ever matters like the love you receive and the love you give.

Bernice Ellis

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Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill

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For my own private satisfaction, I had rather be master of my own time than wear a diadem.

Bishop Berkeley

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Any fool can make a rule. And every fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau

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No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.

Thomas Hardy

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I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people Iíd like to be.

E. M. Forster

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Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.

William Shakespeare

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Thatís something I think is growing on me as I get older: happy endings.

Alice Munro

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Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels.

P. G. Wodehouse

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To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

Walt Whitman

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If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.

Benjamin Franklin

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He who worships a punishing God becomes a surrogate punisher.

Hermaptios

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Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.

Bonnie Friedman

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And as to experience Ė well, think how little some good poets have had, or how much some bad ones have.

Elizabeth Bishop

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There are men that will make you books and turn them loose into the world with as much dispatch as they would a dish of fritters.

Miguel de Cervantes

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We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

Joan Didion

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Put the argument into a concrete shape, into an image, some hard phrase, round and solid as a ball, which they can see and handle and carry home with them, and the cause is half won.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

Confucius

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I respect a man who knows how to spell a word more than one way.

Mark Twain

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A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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For the cat is cryptic, and close to Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in MeroŽ and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungleís lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Beware of the need to be literal, for this often shrouds deeper knowledge.

Deena Metzger

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The knower and the known are one.

Meister Eckhart

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Despair is perfectly compatible with a good dinner, I promise you.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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The great art of life is sensation: to feel that we exist, even in pain.

Lord Byron

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Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.

Joseph Conrad

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The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.

Epictetus

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It takes a heap of loafing to write a book.

Gertrude Stein

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I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding oneís inner life. And that too is a deed.

Etty Hillesum

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Men and words are ready made, and you, O Painter, if you do not know how to make your figures move, are like an orator who knows not how to use his words.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.

Carl Jung

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All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth have not any subsistence without a mind.

Bishop Berkeley

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Words have a longer life than deeds.

Pindar

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Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid looking in a mirror, because I bet that will really throw you into a panic.

Jack Handy

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Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.

Meister Eckhart

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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

Miguel de Cervantes

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Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.

Thomas Wolf

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When you describe the miserable and unfortunate, and want to make the reader feel pity, try to be somewhat colder Ė that seems to give a kind of background to anotherís grief, against which it stands out more clearly. Whereas in your story the characters cry and you sigh. Yes, be more cold. The more objective you are, the stronger will be the impression you make.

Anton Chekhov

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I write to find out what Iím thinking about.

Edward Albee

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The brotherhood of man is no mere poetís fancy; it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.

Oscar Wilde

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An onion can make people cry, but thereís never been a vegetable that can make people laugh.

Will Rogers

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The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

Carl Jung

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Teatime Ė trying to write Ė God! I have a brain like a peanut. ďFound a peanut, found a peanut,Ē echoes in my head the insane song.

John Dos Passos

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The best way to send information is to wrap it up in a person.

Robert Oppenheimer

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Get up very early and get going at once. In fact, work first and wash afterwards.

W. H. Auden

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A writerís inspiration is not just to create. He must eat three times a day.

Pierre Beaumarchais

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Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?

Ayn Rand

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Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from our insane passion for the truth.

Umberto Eco

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In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Tediousness is the most fatal of all faults.

Samuel Johnson

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When I want to read a novel, I write one.

Benjamin Disraeli

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People fear the unkown; what they should fear is the known.

Deepak Chopra

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The least of things with meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

Carl Jung

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At ebb tide I wrote a line upon the sand, and gave it all my heart and all my soul. At flood tide I returned to read what I had inscribed and found my ignorance upon the shore.

Kahlil Gibran

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Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

Raymond Chandler

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What we donít know, rather than what we know, can be the very core of story.

Deena Metzger

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The most beautiful thing about capitalism is the incompetence of dishonesty.

John Wall

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Our free will is fate.

Oswald Spengler

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To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

George Santayana

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Without darkness, there is no dream.

John Ruskin

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Good writers are almost never dangerous.

John Gardner

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Writing is not a genteel profession; itís quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty.

Rosemary Mahoney

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Flowers wither not the Spring;
Fathers perish not their love.
Spirit gambols in the flesh
Until whatís mortal cannot dance.
All thatís good in you shall live,
Survives the falling of the mask,
And if God asks me who you are,
Iíll say that part that did not die.

W. Hamnet Wall

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I am not very scrupulous, I own, when I have a good idea, how I came into possession of it.

Lord Byron

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From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.

Franz Kafka

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Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.

W. C. Fields

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To make dictionaries is dull work.

Samuel Johnson

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Youíve really got to start hitting the books because itís no joke out here.

Harper Lee

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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

William Haxlitt

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The measure of a man is what he does with power.

Pittacus

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Conscience makes egoists of us all.

Oscar Wilde

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The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Proust

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Children need encouragement. If a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way he develops a good, lucky feeling.

Jack Handy

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Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.

Melinda Haynes

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Remember, a word is an invention, a symbol for an idea. Written text began as an artistic representation of a thought or event.

Edward J. Fraughton

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At the root of our lives is a question, a series of questions, a quest, some fundamental concerns or obsessions; the mystery, the story, and the meaning of our lives reside there. A story also has a question at the core of it, and the question leads to the mystery within the story. The deeper one goes into the story, the more one learns, the more things are revealed, the deeper the mystery. Perhaps the story has no other function than to ask this question or to deepen the mystery.

Deena Metzger

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Those blessings that I have to give, I give you freely, and those I do not have to give, you are seeking on your own.

Seth

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At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes.

E. M. Forster

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Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

Theodore Dreiser

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Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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The wheel is come full circle.

William Shakespeare

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The facts are always less than what really happened.

Nadine Gordimer

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I always write with a Ticonderoga #2 pencil. I started out with it, and Iíll go to that Great Bookstore in the Sky with one of those in my hand.

Robert Ludlum

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I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.

Clarence Budington Kelland

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It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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Hereís to alcohol, the cause of Ė and solution to Ė all lifeís problems.

Homer Simpson

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Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.

Adam Smith

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Some American writers who have known each other for years have never met in the daytime or when both were sober.

James Thurber

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Life is the childhood of immortality.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Democrats never agree on anything, thatís why theyíre Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans.

Will Rogers

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Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.

Carl Jung

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A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

E. M. Forster

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Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but itís the only way you can do anything really good.

William Faulkner

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One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

Voltaire

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Whether it is done quickly or slowly, however splendid the results, the process of writing fiction is inherently, inevitably, indistinguishable from wasting time.

Deborah Eisenberg

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Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.

Marquis de Sade

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Those rituals of getting ready to write produce a kind of trance state.

John Barth

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There is no happiness in love except at the end of an English novel.

Anthony Trollope

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Itís sad that a family can be torn apart by something as simple as a pack of wild dogs.

Jack Handy

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The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still.

Joseph Conrad

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Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.

William James

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A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.

Buckminster Fuller

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If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.

Ray Bradbury

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Itís hard to be aggressive when youíre confused.

Vince Lombardi

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Dogs are philosophers. They soon forget.

P. G. Wodehouse

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There is no substitute for craft. Art begins with craft, and there is no art until craft has been mastered.

Anthony Burgess

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The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.

Simone Weil

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That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.

Marcus Aurelius

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There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville

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To Zeus all things are good, fair and just.

Heraclitus

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My work is about emotions for which I have no words.

Robert Sturman

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Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.

Arthur Gordon

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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

William Blake

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Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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It is also true that, in some instances, trauma, in the shape of early separation or bereavement, has steered the potentially creative person toward developing aspects of his personality which can find fulfillment in comparative isolation. But this does not mean that solitary, creative pursuits are themselves pathological.

Anthony Storr

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When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.

Meister Eckhart

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When in doubt, go for the dick joke.

Robin Williams

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Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

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What a writer wants to do is not what he does.

Jorge Luis Borges

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The writerís genetic inheritance and her or his experiences shape the writer into a unique individual, and it is this uniqueness that is the writerís only stuff for sale.

James Gunn

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The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.

John Steinbeck

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Be thankful weíre not getting all the government weíre paying for.

Will Rogers

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The work was like peeling an onion. The outer skin came off with difficulty, but in no time youíd be down to its innards, tears streaming from your eyes as more and more beautiful reductions became possible.

Edward Blishen

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Few people have the imagination for reality.

Goethe

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Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.

Horace

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Take one part Mercurii Solis, the preparation of which I have already taught in another place by its proper process. Draw off its airy water so that it becomes a subtle dust and calx. Then take two parts of our blessed oil, and pour the oil very slowly, drop by drop onto the dust of the Mercurii Solis, until everything has become absorbed. Put it in a vial, well sealed, into a heat of the first degree of the oven of secrets, and let it remain there for ten days and nights. You will then see your powder and oil quite dry, such that it has become a single piece of dust of a blackish grey colour. After ten days give it the second degree of heat, and the grey and black colour will slowly change into a whiteness so that it becomes more or less white. And at the end of these ten days, the matter will take on a beautiful rose white. But this may be ignored. For this colour is only due to the Mercurio Solis, that has swallowed up our blessed oil, and now covers it with the innermost part of its body. But by the power of the fire, our oil will again subdue such Mercurium Solis, and throw it into its innermost. And the oil with its very bright red colour will rule over it and remain on the outside. Therefore it is time, when twenty days have passed, that you open the window of the third degree. The external white colour and force will then completely recede inwardly, and the internal red colour will, by the force of the fire, become external. Keep also this degree of fire for ten days, without increase or decrease. You will then see your powder, that was previously white, now become very red. But for the time being this redness may be ignored, for it is still unfixed and volatile; and at the end of these ten days, when the thirtieth day has passed, you should open the last window of the fourth degree of fire, Let it stay in this degree for another ten days, and this very bright red powder will begin to melt. Let it stay in flux for these ten days. And when you take it out you will find on the bottom a very bright red and transparent stone, ruby colored.

Roger Bacon

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Writing is hard work and bad for the health.

E. B. White

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What can we writers learn from lizards, lift from birds?

Ray Bradbury

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I still read everything aloud. I have a fundamental conviction that if a sentence cannot be read aloud with sincerity, conviction, and communicable emphasis, itís not a good sentence. Good writing requires good rhythms and good words.

Richard Marius

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A ray of imagination or of wisdom may enlighten the universe, and glow into remotest centuries.

Bishop Berkeley

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Life isnít fair. Itís just fairer than death, thatís all.

William Goldman

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To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what itís about, but the music the words make.

Truman Capote

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It is a fact that cannot be denied: the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.

Carl Jung

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i do not put Collers what do not Belong. I Think it spoils The pictures. There have Been a lot of paintins spoiled By putin Collers where They do not Blong.

Alfred Wallis

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Shape your heart to front the hour, but dream not that the hours will last.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man.

Jane Austen

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If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.

Rachel Carson

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Shouldnít the philosopher be able to rise above a faith in grammar?

Friedrich Nietzsche

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I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.

Lord Byron

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Let us never accept the point of view that mysteries are written by hacks. The poorest of us shed our blood over every chapter. The best of us start from scratch with every new book.

Raymond Chandler

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I finished my play today. Three acts, six scenes, a masterpiece completed in a few weeks. The play only exists as a tiny scrawl in my notebooks Ė things I carry about in my pockets.

George Bernard Shaw

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Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

Willa Cather

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I am not young enough to know everything.

James M. Barrie

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Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

T. S. Eliot

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Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.

William Wordsworth

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It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

Jonathan Swift

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If you are not discouraged about your writing on a regular basis, you may not be trying hard enough. Any challenging pursuit will encounter frequent patches of frustration. Writing is nothing if not challenging.

Maxwell Perkins

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The one thing that donít abide by majority rule is a personís conscience.

Harper Lee

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The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest.

Henry David Thoreau

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Thereís the wretched business of getting from lunch to supper.

Virginia Woolf

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To achieve the essence of real externality, whether of time or space or dimension, one must forget that such things as organic life, good and evil, love and hate, and all such local attributes of a negligible and temporary race called mankind, have any existence at all. Only the human scenes and characters must have human qualities. These must be handled with unsparing realism, but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown Ė the shadow-haunted Outside Ė we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Writing only leads to more writing.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words in a book or newspaper the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompt.

Mark Twain

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Ignorance is like a delicate flower: touch it and the bloom is gone.

Oscar Wilde

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You must be prepared to work always without applause.

Ernest Hemingway

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Resist the temptation to try to use dazzling style to conceal weakness of substance.

Stanley Schmidt

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A prince who is not himself wise cannot be well advised.

Machiavelli

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Too many words spoil the poem.

John McEnulty

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Only the educated are free.

Epictetus

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As vast as this space without is the tiny space within your heart: heaven and earth are found in it, fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and the constellations, whatever belongs to you here below and all that doesnít, all this is gathered in the tiny space within your heart.

Chandogya Upanishad

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A text cannot say everything. It can only go as far as all words can go. Beyond them begins another zone, a zone of mystery, of silence, which one calls the atmosphere.

Gaston Baty

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I discovered that if I trusted my subconscious, or imagination, whatever you want to call it, and if I made the characters as real and honest as I could, then no matter how complex the pattern being woven, my subconscious would find ways to tie it together.

Tad Williams

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Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy, the process of setting man free from men.

Ayn Rand

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Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Consider the daffodil. And while youíre doing that, Iíll be over here, looking through your stuff.

Jack Handy

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Definitions would be good things if we did not use words to make them.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Carl Jung

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Do the best you can, and donít take life too serious.

Will Rogers

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In the dark time, the eye begins to see.

Theodore Roethke

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I write, therefore, I am.

Samuel Johnson

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By writing much, one learns to write well.

Robert Southey

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Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.

Oscar Wilde

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Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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Nonsense and beauty have close connections.

E. M. Forster

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From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.

Frank Herbert

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The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

Lord Byron

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Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.

Dr Seuss

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If there are frontiers between the civilized and barbaric, between the meaningful and the unmeaning, they are not lines on a map nor are they regions of the earth. They are boundaries of the mind alone.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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Pen names are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves.

C. Astrid Weber

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The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel is that it be interesting.

Henry James

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Prose wanders around with a lantern and laboriously schedules and verifies the details and particulars of a valley and its frame of crags and peaks, then poetry comes and lays bare the whole landscape with a single splendid flash.

Mark Twain

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The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.

Carl Jung

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We are alike in pickiness but not in the subject matter we are picking about.

Rhonda Burtz

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The ego is the enemy because it is against love. When I look at myself, I donít love others. When I want to occupy for myself what is yours, I become the killer of my brother, like Cain killed Abel. When I want to satisfy myself, this satisfaction is gained through sacrificing the freedom of the other. Then my ego becomes my lord, my god, and there is no stronger temptation than this. Because to us, this ego may seem like a diamond. It has a shine like gold. But whatever is shining is not gold. The ego is just like a fire without light, a fire without warmth, a fire without life. It seems that it has many sides and many possibilities Ė but what is this possibility? What is ego? Only the means by which I protect myself as if I were in a battle, as if every other person is my enemy, and the only thing I care about is winning the victory.

Archimandrite Dionysios

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Greatness means going on, going on means going far, and going far means turning back.

Lao Tzu

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A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare.

Henry David Thoreau

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Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.

Ernest Hemingway

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Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company.

La Rouchefaucauld

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Live dangerously and you live right.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Make a point ever so clear, it is great odds that any man whose habits and the bent of whose mind lie a contrary way, shall be unable to comprehend it. So weak a thing is reason in competition with inclination.

Bishop Berkeley

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When I say beautiful things, Iím not necessarily living them; when I live them, the beautiful thing is that words arenít necessary.

Brock Tully

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I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Everyone has one good poem in his hidden head.

Don Welch

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Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I suppose publishers are untrustworthy. They certainly look it.

Oscar Wilde

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The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.

Meister Eckhart

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The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.

James M. Barrie

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To live happily is an inward power of the soul.

Marcus Aurelius

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Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.

Walt Whitman

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Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.

Gustave Flaubert

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I am a verb.

Ulysses S. Grant

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I believe I hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception, and ignorance, but it isnít Ė itís human.

Erasmus

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It is impossible to discourage the real writers Ė they donít give a damn what you say, theyíre going to write.

Sinclair Lewis

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Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.

Agatha Christie

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I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.

Carl Jung

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Art is utterance.

Asterio Tecson

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Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

Jack London

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A fool and his money are soon elected.

Will Rogers

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The arts are not decorative. They are essential to our comprehension of consciousness and ourselves.

Edward Albee

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Characterization is an accident that flows out of action and dialogue.

Jack Woodford

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Follow your honest convictions and be strong.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Those who think to win the world
by doing something to it,
I see them come to grief.
For the world is a sacred object.
Nothing is to be done to it.
To do anything is to damage it.
To seize it is to lose it.

Lao Tzu

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He suffered occasionally from a rush of words to the head.

Herbert Samuel

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The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

Clifton Fadiman

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God: a being whose only definition is that he is beyond manís power to conceive.

Ayn Rand

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He reproduced himself with humble objectivity, with the unquestioning matter-of-fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: thereís another dog.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.

Charles Dickens

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I too love theories. They are so much more concrete than reality.

P. Q. Wall

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There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.

Brian Aldiss

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Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. Religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.

Harvey Cox

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Happiness is your birthright. It shouldnít depend upon you achieving something.

Steve Chandler

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When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf

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It is the tortured who turn into torturers.

Carl Jung

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The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Each paragraph is good in itself and there are some pages that are perfect, I feel certain. But just because of this, it isnít getting on. Itís a series of well-turned, ordered paragraphs which do not flow on from each other. I shall have to unscrew them, loosen the joints, as one does with the masts of a ship when one wants the sail to take more wind.

Gustave Flaubert

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When you see the same thing over and over again your brain expends less and less energy. Your mind already knows what itís seeing, so it doesnít make the effort to process the event again.

Dr. Gregory Berns

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Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.

Samuel Butler

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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To create something you must be something.

Goethe

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I once had a rose named after me and was very flattered. But I was not so pleased to read the description in the catalogue: ďNo good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.Ē

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Just because youíre a perfectionist doesnít mean youíre perfect.

Jack Nicholson

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How can the lord of ten thousand chariots let his own person weigh less in the balance than his land?

Lao Tzu

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Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance. She is a veil, rather than a mirror. She has flowers that no forests know of, birds that no woodland possesses. She makes and unmakes many worlds, and can draw the moon from heaven with a scarlet thread.

Oscar Wilde

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If you could be freed from self, then you would have the nature of the highest angels as completely as you now have your own.

Meister Eckhart

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Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

Kahlil Gibran

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The two most beautiful words in the English language are Check Enclosed.

Dorothy Parker

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I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state-appointed shrink is our friend.

Jack Handy

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It is only hope which is real, and reality is a bitterness and a deceit.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Why wouldnít you write to escape yourself as much as you might write to express yourself? Itís far more interesting to write about others.

Susan Sontag

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Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head, and as you get older you become more skillful casting them.

Gore Vidal

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I have just read your lousy review. You sound like a frustrated old man who never made a success, an eight ulcer man on a four ulcer job. I have never met you but if I do, youíll need a new nose.

Harry S. Truman

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Your work is to discover your world and then with your all your heart give yourself to it.

Buddha

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My crown is called content; a crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.

William Shakespeare

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The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.

Robert Frost

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Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizonís verge.

Lord Byron

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One is certain of nothing but the truth of oneís own emotions.

E. M. Forster

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The bible says to love your enemies. Just for practice, why donít you try it out on your friends?

Will Rogers

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If the public likes you, youíre good.

Mickey Spillane

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Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.

Charles Baudelaire

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Andy Warhol is the only genius Iíve ever known with an I.Q. of 60.

Gore Vidal

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Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.

Sinclair Lewis

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I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.

Edward Albee

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Kahlil Gibran

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Oneís feelings waste themselves in words. They ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.

Florence Nightingale

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Earthís crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. But only he who sees takes off his shoes.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Destruction perfects that which is good; for the good cannot appear on account of that which conceals it.

Paracelcus

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Go to your bosom: knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

William Shakespeare

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Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.

Charles Baudelaire

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Overcome fear, behold wonder.

Richard Bach

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However great a manís natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Carl Jung

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When an idea strikes, you drop everything and when your work bell tolls, you answer it.

Eric Maisel

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

Meister Eckhart

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Never underestimate something born in a manger.

Katrina Kern

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The wound is the resource.

Brugh Joy

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I have to use words to say it. Words that violate and betray what they seem to be making possible. Words, in other words, that are sadly not to be trusted.

Selima Hill

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The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.

Oscar Wilde

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Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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In argument, similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.

Franz Kafka

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We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.

Bishop Berkeley

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How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!

Jane Austen

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The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.

William James

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Perfect Bodies as Sol and Luna are endued with a perfect seed; and therefore under the hard crust of the perfect Metals the Perfect Seed lies hid. And he that knows how to take it out by the Philosophersí Solution, hath entered upon the royal highway; for in Gold the seeds of Gold doth lie, though buried in Obscurity.

The Hermetic Arcanum

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There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.

James M. Barrie

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Whatever becomes of the work, the occupation of writing has been a real boon to me. It took me out of dark and desolate reality into an unreal but happier region.

Charlotte Bronte

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I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself.

Tom Stoppard

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Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Loss is nothing but change, and change is Natureís delight.

Marcus Aurelius

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Thatís very nice if they want to publish you, but donít pay too much attention to it. Just continue to write.

Natalie Goldberg

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The writer who cannot sometimes throw away a thought about which another man would have written dissertations, without worry whether or not the reader will find it, will never become a great writer.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Erasmus

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Never assume the obvious is true.

William Safire

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I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today.

Ken Wilber

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There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

William Shakespeare

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Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?

Charles Baudelaire

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A narcissist is someone better-looking than you are.

Gore Vidal

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One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand.

Edward Albee

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All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

Kahlil Gibran

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Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.

Will Rogers

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You donít talk about paintings, you look at them.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.

Wolcott Gibbs

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It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

Jack Handy

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I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual.

Lord Byron

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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

Epictetus

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Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youthís many burdens; as we get older we are exempted it from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum.

John Updike

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He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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The desire to write grows with writing.

Erasmus

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The writer who cares more about words than about story Ė characters, action, setting, atmosphere Ė is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream.

John Gardner

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To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.

Sri Aurobindo

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Some days Iím a particle, some days Iím a wave.

David Kern

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Every beast is driven to pasture by a blow.

Heraclitus

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Itís nothing until I call it.

The Umpire

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The artistís only responsibility is his art. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate. Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.

William Faulkner

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Beware of self-indulgence. If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego.

David Brin

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Jade is praised as precious, but its strength is being stone.

Lao Tzu

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Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I donít know and I donít care.

William Safire

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Winter is not a season, itís an occupation.

Sinclair Lewis

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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

Gore Vidal

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Sweet are the uses of adversity.

William Shakespeare

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Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Kahlil Gibran

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The Vessel of Hermes which the Stoicks have concealed is not a Necromantical Vessel, but it is the Measure of your Fire.

Mary the Prophetess

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Itís no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.

John Updike

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Always be a poet, even in prose.

Charles Baudelaire

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All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?

Carl Jung

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Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

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You really ought to read more books Ė you know, those things that look like blocks but come apart on one side.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Every book should have its own voice Ė what you hear in your head as you read to yourself.

Mary Lee Settle

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Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?

Marcel Marceau

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Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

William Shakespeare

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Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Grace is not a stationary thing; it is always found in a Becoming.

Meister Eckhart

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I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.

James Joyce

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Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of a sunset. Sunsets are quite old-fashioned.

Oscar Wilde

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A manís most open actions have a secret side to them.

Joseph Conrad

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Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things.

William James

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Hence Hermes calls fire the father of the whole world, because it is the Sun of our Art, and air, Moon, and water ascend from it. The earth is the nurse of the Stone. When the earth receives the rays of the Sun and Moon, a new body is born, like a new foetus in the motherís womb. The earth receives and digests the light of Sun and Moon, and imparts food to its foetus day by day, till it becomes great and strong, and puts off its blackness and defilement, and is changed to a different colour. This, child, which is called our daughter, represents our Stone, which is born anew of the Sun and Moon, when the spirit, or the water that ascended, is gradually transmuted into the body, and the body is born anew, and grows and increases in size like the foetus in the motherís womb. Thus the Stone is generated from the first substance, which contains the four elements; it is brought forth by two things, the body and the spirit; the wind bears it in its womb, for it carries the Stone upward from earth to heaven, and down again from heaven to earth. Thus the Stone receives increase from above and from below, and is born a second time, just as every other foetus is generated in the maternal womb; as all created things bring forth their young, even so does the air, or wind, bring forth our Stone.

Unknown

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Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen

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There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

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A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it.

Maurice Blanchot

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Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.

Norman Mailer

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If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.

Herman Melville

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Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.

Edmund Morrison

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Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Benjamin Disraeli

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I canít stand cheap people. It makes me real mad when someone says something like, ďHey, when are you going to pay me that $100 you owe me?Ē or ďDo you have that 50 bucks you borrowed?Ē Man, quit being so cheap!

Jack Handy

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Words make love with one another.

Andre Breton

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There is one reason, and one reason only, that readers get excited about a novel: great storytelling.

Donald Maass

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Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Art is the poetry of how we all might live, and economics the prose of how we do.

James Wall Sr.

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It is harder to hide feelings we have than to feign those we lack.

La Rouchefaucauld

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Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

Benjamin Disraeli

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A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other peopleís patience.

John Updike

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Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you havenít committed.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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The water and the air will ascend first, and afterwards the element of fire, which expert artists recognise.

Paracelsus

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Give me a condorís quill! Give me Vesuviusí crater for an inkstand!

Herman Melville

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Words were medicine; they were magic and invisible. They came from nothing into sound and meaning. They were beyond price; they could neither be bought nor sold.

Navarre Scott Momaday

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He looked like a halibut which had been asked by another halibut to lend it a couple of quid till next Wednesday.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Thereís luck in art. Thereís the gift. You canít earn that. But you can learn skill, you can earn it. You can learn to deserve your gift.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Beware the hobby that eats.

Benjamin Franklin

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Fear is the mother of morality.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

Abraham Lincoln

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Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.

C. S. Lewis

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The great square has no corners.
The great vessel is never finished.
The great tone is barely heard.
The great thought canít be thought.

Lao Tzu

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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

William Shakespeare

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Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

Kahlil Gibran

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You must be unintimidated by your own thoughts.

Nikki Giovanni

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Gardens are not made by singing ďOh, how beautiful,Ē and sitting in the shade.

Rudyard Kipling

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Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.

Robert Burton

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Those people who recognize that imagination is realityís master we call sages, and those who act upon it we call artists or lunatics.

Tom Robbins

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If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.

Victor Hugo

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Once we choose hope, everything is possible.

Christopher Reeve

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Tension is wonderful for making people laugh.

John Cleese

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The meaning of being only becomes apparent in events.

Alvin Kernan

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To be a writer is to sit down at oneís desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone Ė just plain going at it.

John Hersey

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There are certain words which are nearer and dearer to a man than any others.

Nikolai Gogol

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

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He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.

Voltaire

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My God, do you know what poems like that cost? Theyíre not written vicariously: they come out of actual suffering, real madness.

Theodore Roethke

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The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling

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Skill in writing frees you to write what you want to write.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you donít do it, and it wonít happen.

Erasmus

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I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life Ė that is to say, over 35 Ė there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.

Carl Jung

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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

Voltaire

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The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

Rudyard Kipling

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Craft enables art.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.

John Updike

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Where every something, being blent together, turns to a wild of nothing.

William Shakespeare

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Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.

Will Rogers

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Every knave is a thorough knave, and a thorough knave is a knave throughout.

Bishop Berkeley

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Perhaps the most important word in success and happiness is the word ask.

Brian Tracy

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I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.

Oscar Wilde

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If you want to write it your own way, thatís the chance you take.

Marchette Chute

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Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought.

Daphne DuMaurier

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I have always had the ability to attach my demons to my chariot.

Ingmar Bergman

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Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.

Peter Shaffer

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Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.

Richard Bach

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I am a part of all I have read.

John Kieran

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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

Seneca

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To live till you die is to live long enough.

Lao Tzu

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There are moments when an object, a person, a living creature is utterly present and naked, is utterly itself, and this startling moment can only be called beauty. This presents a dilemma. Is the tree showing itself to me, or am I allowing myself to see?

Deena Metzger

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Iím not alone when Iím writing Ė the language itself, like a kind of trampoline, is there helping me.

Sir Edward William Stafford

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So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

Longfellow

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If you think youíre boring your audience, go slower not faster.

Gustav Mahler

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Words in prose ought to express the intended meaning: if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault. In the very best styles you read page after page without noticing the medium.

Samuel Tayler Coleridge

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Everyone is more or less mad on one point.

Rudyard Kipling

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It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

Erasmus

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There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.

Gore Vidal

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Good work in language presupposes and depends on a real knowledge of things.

Anne Sullivan

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Soon or late love is his own avenger.

Lord Byron

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For the Creator, there is no poverty.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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Everything that doesnít kill you, makes you stronger. And later on you can use it in some story.

Tapani Bagge

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There lives the dearest freshness, deep down things.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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The presence of beauty heals.

Deena Metzger

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All that is, isnít. All that isnít, is.

Scott Jeffries

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All evil comes from the old. They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them.

Jean Anouilh

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Authorship is not a trade, it is an inspiration; its habitation is all out under the sky, and everywhere the winds are blowing and the sun is shining and the creatures of God are free.

Mark Twain

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We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies Ė it is the first law of nature.

Voltaire

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The men who succeed are the few who have the ambition and willpower to develop themselves.

Robert Burton

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The great way is low and plain, but people like shortcuts over the mountains.

Lao Tzu

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Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and lead him constantly into danger.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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The earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Kahlil Gibran

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History is not another name for the past. It is the name for stories about the past.

Alan John Percivale Taylor

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Art never expresses anything but itself.

Oscar Wilde

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I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

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Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

William James

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Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.

Frank Zappa

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Getting even is one reason for writing.

William Gass

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Look if you like, but you will have to leap.

W. H. Auden

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other menís writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Socrates

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The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

Benjamin Disraeli

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Things are beautiful if you love them.

Jean Anouilh

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It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.

Henry David Thoreau

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I even shower with my pen, in case any ideas drip out of the waterhead.

Graycie Harmon

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Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.

Winston Churchill

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It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.

Nikolai Gogol

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He hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book; he hath not eat paper; he hath not drunk ink; his intellect is not replenished.

William Shakespeare

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Coincidences are most striking when they have an air of design.

Aristotle

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When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean Ė neither more nor less.

Humpty Dumpty

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Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.

Charles Baudelaire

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There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

Henry David Thoreau

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Happiness is no vague dream. Of that I now feel certain.

George Sand

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The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.

Carl Jung

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Art is either plagarism or revolution.

Paul Gaugain

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It is not study alone that produces a writer; it is intensity.

Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton

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Must eyes be all in all, the tongue and ear nothing?

William Wordsworth

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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau

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It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned up to 50 words of English, no human has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

Carl Sagan

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Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when youíre coming home his face might burn up.

Jack Handy

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Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed.

Geoffrey Chaucer

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Literature takes shape and life in the body, in the wombs of the mother tongue: always: and the Fathers of Culture get anxious about paternity. They start talking about legitimacy. They steal the baby. They ensure by every means that the artist, the writer, is male. This involves intellectual abortion by centuries of women artists, infanticide of works by women writers, and a whole medical corps of sterilizing critics working to purify the Canon, to reduce the subject matter and style of literature to something Ernest Hemingway could have understood.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.

Henry David Thoreau

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?

Jean Anouilh

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The true epicure in the terrible, to whom a new thrill of unutterable ghastliness is the chief end and justification of existence, esteems most of all the ancient, lonely farmhouses of backwoods New England; for there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness, and ignorance combine to form the perfection of the hideous.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Look in my face; my name is Might-Have-Been. I am also called No-More, Too-Late, Farewell.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.

Peter Shaffer

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Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

Henry David Thoreau

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Pick todayís fruits, not relying on the future in the slightest.

Horace

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Donít use metaphors in fantasy; your readers will take them literally.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden

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A good name is seldom got by giving it to oneself.

William Wycherly

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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time, and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.

William Shakespeare

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To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

Henry David Thoreau

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The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.

Edwin Schlossberg

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In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.

Voltaire

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Nature doesnít make long speeches.

Lao Tzu

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Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.

John Updike

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Literature doesnít matter. The only thing that matters is money and getting your teeth fixed!

Delmore Schwartz

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I spend half my time trying to learn the secrets of other writers Ė to apply them to the expression of my own thoughts.

Shirley Ann Grau

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We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.

Henry David Thoreau

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Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival.

W. Edwards Deming

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O Thou with whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, out of whose infinite mind this universal frame sprang forth in a moment of time, grant unto me grace to know Thy blessedness and Thy goodness. In no other way shall I come to the knowledge of the Blessed Stone.

George Ripley

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Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.

Daphne du Maurier

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A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.

Erasmus

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I think we all have a need to know what we do not need to know.

William Safire

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All that spirits desire, spirits attain.

Kahlil Gibran

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The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.

Mary Roberts Rinehart

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To grow in craft is to increase the breadth of what I can do, but art is the depth, the passion, the desire, the courage to be myself and myself alone.

Pat Schneider

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Only that day dawns to which we are awake.

Henry David Thoreau

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The ear is the avenue to the heart.

Voltaire

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Read something luminous at night.

Edmund Wilson

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More energy, less taste! Remember, keep moving!

Robert Frank

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Use the fewest words to sing your song.

Rowland Hill

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Story is change.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The crux of a weird tale is something which could not possibly happen.

H. P. Lovecraft

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We are energy beings.

Jill Bolte Taylor

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It is not enough merely to love literature, if one wishes to spend oneís life as a writer. It is a dangerous undertaking on the most primitive level. For, it seems to me, the act of writing with serious intent involves enormous personal risk. It entails the ongoing courage for self-discovery. It means one will walk forever on the tightrope, with each new step presenting the possibility of learning a truth about oneself that is too terrible to bear.

Harlan Ellison

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One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemming others.

MoliŤre

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These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of Man and in praise of God, and Iíd be a damn fool if they werenít.

Dylan Thomas

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Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

William Butler Yeats

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The hand is an instrument for using instruments; and the mind is a form for using forms.

Aristotle

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The sky above the port was the color of television.

William Gibson

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If suffer we must, let us suffer on the heights.

Victor Hugo

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Iíd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. Iíd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has-been was once an are.

Milton Berle

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The best kind of writing, and the biggest thrill in writing, is to suddenly read a line from your typewriter that you didnít know was in you.

Larry L. King

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The brain that doesnít feed itself, eats itself.

Gore Vidal

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It might seem that the writer needs the gift of mimicry, like an impersonator, to achieve this variety of voices. But it isnít that. Itís more like what a serious actor does, sinking self in character-self. Itís a willingness to be the characters, letting what they think and say rise from inside them. Itís a willingness to share control with oneís creation.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Stupidity is no excuse for not thinking.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.

T. S. Eliot

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My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

John Keats

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He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Satire is tragedy plus time.

Lenny Bruce

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Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.

Henry David Thoreau

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A notepad by the bedside accounts for half the earnings of my livelihood.

Ever Garrison

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Donít explain why it works; explain how you use it.

Steven Brust

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Pride is still aiming at the best abodes,
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell;
Aspiring to be angels men rebel.

Alexander Pope

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The most effective effort is continuing effort, which patience makes possible.

Unknown

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Protest crying is very hard to soothe.

Dr. Judith K. Nelson

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To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.

Jean Anouilh

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Illusion is the first of all pleasures.

Voltaire

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The main thing is to take a blank sheet of paper and write the first sentence. From that first sentence springs the second, by some miracle, and then the subject emerges Ė what the critics call the basic concept or the conception of the work.

Valentin Katayev

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Think youíre escaping and run into yourself.

James Joyce

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An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

Rudyard Kipling

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Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.

Edward Albee

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Once I unlocked the mystery of the alphabet that led to words, a multitude of words connecting me to the world, there was no stopping me.

Gloria Naylor

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Writing itself is an act of faith, and nothing else.

E. B. White

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Living people are soft and tender. Corpses are hard and stiff.

Lao Tzu

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Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.

Charles Baudelaire

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The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

Kahlil Gibran

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Silence is the mother of truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

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Glory be to God for dappled things Ė
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finchesí wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced Ė fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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All nature is but art unknown to thee.

Alexander Pope

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The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.

William Butler Yeats

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To make something well is to give yourself to it, to seek wholeness, to follow spirit. To learn to make something well can take your whole life.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The oldest, shortest words Ė yes and no Ė are those which require the most thought.

Pythagoras

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I always write the end of everything first. Then I go back to the beginning. I mean, itís always nice to know where youíre going, is my theory.

Truman Capote

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Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. But not necessarily in that order.

Robert Silverberg

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There is no ďwhat should be,Ē there is only what is.

Lenny Bruce

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No great artist ever sees things as they really are.

Oscar Wilde

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Sometimes I think Iíd be better off dead. No, wait, not me, you.

Jack Handy

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I never started from ideas but always from character.

Ivan Turgenev

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Name names. Make your writing physical. Use lots of exact nouns. Food is an idea; black-bean soup is a thing. Naming not only makes the writing more visceral, it makes the reader trust you. And use your own expertise, whatever insider information you have. Use words like soffit, draw shave, spit valve.

David Long

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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.

John Keats

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When one is writing a novel in the first person, one must be that person.

Daphne du Maurier

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And in fact, I think one of the best guides to telling you who you are, and I think children use it all the time for this purpose, is fantasy.

Peter Shaffer

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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

Charles Dickens

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

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I am two fools I know, for loving and for saying so.

John Donne

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Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.

Dionysius the Elder

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The whole object of the Prophets and the Sages was to declare that a limit is set to human reason where it must halt.

Maimonides

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Speaking openly is the gift we give each other.

Deena Metzger

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Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.

Hubert Humphrey

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Godís finger touched him, and he slept.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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It is better to be alone than in bad company.

George Washington

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Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

Vincent Van Gogh

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It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you canít do anything else, read all that you can.

Jane Hamilton

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Write with no one looking over your shoulder.

Barbara Kingsolver

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Fantasy doesnít have to be fantastic.

Terry Pratchett

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I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

Walt Whitman

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Some nights, I just want to pour out my soul into a glass and drink it.

Don Kraus

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A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading.

Jeremy Collier

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A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.

Alexander Pope

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When one burns oneís bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.

Dylan Thomas

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Fictional characters soon take on a life of their own. They run with the bit between their teeth.

Jay Parini

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The vague is more dangerous than the arid.

Theodore Roethke

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For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech to stir menís blood; I only speak right on.

William Shakespeare

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If writing seems hard, itís because it is hard.

William Zinsser

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Letís have some new cliches.

Samuel Goldwyn

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The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobodyís fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.

Katherine Mansfield

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I pay no attention whatever to anybodyís praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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In the exploration of the unconscious we come upon very strange things, from which a rationalist turns away in horror, claiming afterward that he did not see anything.

Carl Jung

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Temper is a weapon we hold by the blade.

James M. Barrie

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In a good story, all the necessary elements are present and all the extraneous elements have been removed Ė nothing is forced or arbitrary; it has an organic form.

Deena Metzger

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In our wisdom let us not forget, it is the pause that creates the music.

Kathleen Arnason

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Mu.

Joshu

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Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

Juvenal

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We donít come into this world, we grow out of it.

Wayne Dyer

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I cannot help it Ė in spite of myself, infinity torments me.

Alfred de Musset

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The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as that of sentences. Bring me the finest simile from the whole range of imaginative writing, and I will show you a single word which conveys a more profound, a more accurate, and a more eloquent analogy.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

Henry David Thoreau

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Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they donít have for something they donít need.

Will Rogers

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God, to me, it seems, is a verb not a noun.

Buckminster Fuller

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Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.

Rudyard Kipling

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I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe in life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Kahlil Gibran

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In Heaven there is no religion, thank God.

Mahatma Gandhi

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The ideal artist is he who knows everything, feels everything, experiences everything, and retains his experience in a spirit of wonder and feeds upon it with creative lust.

George Bellows

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Anyone who has got a library and a garden wants for nothing.

Cicero

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It is always good when one has two irons in the fire.

Francis Beaumont

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It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.

John Keats

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The heart is forever inexperienced.

Henry David Thoreau

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Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

Benjamin Disraeli

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No blame.

I Ching

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Too much verbal stimulation causes the work to suffer.

Gene Black

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If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

Jack Handy

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Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.

Sonia Croquette

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All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and forever when I move.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

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Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day.

Elbert Hubbard

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Every word has two existences, as a spoken word and a written. A word exists as truly for the eye as for the ear.

Richard Chenevix Trench

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So suddenly have you cleared your brows, and with so frolic and hearty a laughter given me your applause, that in truth as many of you as I behold on every side of me seem no less than Homerís gods drunk with nectar and nepenthe; whereas before, you sat as lumpish and pensive as if you had come from consulting an oracle.

Erasmus

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When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lorde

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He who has never made a mistake never made a discovery.

Samuel Smiles

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There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.

Dylan Thomas

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A noble metaphor, when it is placed to an advantage, casts a kind of glory round it, and darts a luster through a whole sentence.

Joseph Addison

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In not wanting is stillness. In stillness all under heaven rests.

Lao Tzu

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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

Charles Baudelaire

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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

Carl Jung

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I write the story that nobody reads. Someday, Iím going to write it in German to see if anyone notices.

Rick Reilly

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The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.

Umberto Eco

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In extremis, things reveal their nature and become visible.

Paracelcus

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The bold and discerning writer who, recognizing the truth that language must grow by innovation if it grow at all, makes new words and uses the old in an unfamiliar sense has no following and is tartly reminded that it isnít in the dictionary Ė although down to the time of the first lexicographer (Heaven forgive him!) no author ever had used a word that was in the dictionary.

Ambrose Bierce

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A great rock is not disturbed by the wind.

Dalai Lama

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For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

H. L. Mencken

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Madness is not the result of uncertainty, but certainty.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Art for my sake.

D. H. Lawrence

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Civilisationís greatest single invention is the sentence.

John Banville

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Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a catís ear, but only the wisest of cats would think to look there.

Andrew Mercer

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Along the way, there are the pitfalls of self-disgust, boredom, disorientation and a lingering sense of inadequacy, occasionally alternating with episodes of hysterical self-congratulation as you fleetingly believe youíve nailed that particular sentence and are surely destined to join the ranks of the immortals, only to be confronted the next morning with an appalling farrago of clichťs that no sane human could read without vomiting. But when youíre in the zone, spinning words like plates, thereís a deep sense of satisfaction.

Hari Kunzru

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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.

Thomas Carlyle

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The future has already arrived. Itís just not evenly distributed yet.

William Gibson

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The soulís joy lies in doing.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

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People with low self-esteem ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Bill Wall

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I gain nothing but pleasure from writing fiction.

Will Self

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The weak can never forgive.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.

James Allen

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Straightforward words seem paradoxical.

Lao Tzu

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These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere.

Bill Evans

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Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.

Ingrid Bengis

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Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

Henry David Thoreau

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The most positive men are the most credulous.

Alexander Pope

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Poetry should appear almost a remembrance.

John Keats

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Itís not what you look at that matters, itís what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

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I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.

Mark Twain

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We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

Kahlil Gibran

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There is but one art, to omit!

Robert Louis Stevenson

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I am not yet so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven. Language is only the instrument of science and words are but the signs of ideas.

Samuel Johnson

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Is anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?

Voltaire

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Everyoneís life is a fairy tale written by Godís fingers.

Hans Christian Andersen

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We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.

Hildegard von Bingen

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In Modernism, reality used to validate media. In Postmodernism, the media validate reality. If you donít believe this, just think how many times youíve described some real event as being Ďjust like a movie.í

Brad Holland

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Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.

Hans Christian Andersen

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What we wish, we readily believe.

Demosthenes

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I never knew a writer who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.

Samuel Butler

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

Thomas Henry Huxley

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As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling. And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Thereís a great power in words, if you donít hitch too many of them together.

Josh Billings

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Listen, young man. Forget all about your books and machine-made current associations.

H. P. Lovecraft

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San Francisco is a mad city Ė inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.

Rudyard Kipling

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To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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Itís easy to sit there and say youíd like to have more money. And I guess thatís what I like about it. Itís easy. Just sitting there, rocking back and forth, wanting that money.

Jack Handy

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Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

Marcus Aurelius

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The Seven Principles of Huna:

Ike: The world is what you think it is.
Makia: Energy flows where attention goes.
Aloha: To love is to be happy with.
Manava: Now is the moment of power.
Mana: All power comes from within.
Kala: All is limitless.
Pono: Effectiveness is the measure of truth.

Unknown

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Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

John Keats

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Man: a being in search of meaning.

Plato

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Writing is not primarily escape, but use.

Demosthenes

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I have revered always not crude verbosity, but holy simplicity.

Saint Jerome

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Clean underwear is a waste.

Ford Anderson

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Postmodernism cost literature its audience.

Scott Turow

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It is unwise to be too sure of oneís own wisdom.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Men are born to succeed, not to fail.

Henry David Thoreau

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Bring down that which is above by means of the light. To ascend take from darkness into light that which is below by means of light. This will transform the spiritual energy as it flows from the source and integrates all the islands, giving peace. This will affect you profoundly, and change your life bringing illumination, and you will feel the delightful supreme fire.

Kahuna Kapihe

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Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princesí bastards.

Robert Burton

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If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.

John Updike

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There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.

James Joyce

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All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

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People are only doing the best they can with the resources they have available.

NLP saying

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Most marvelous and enviable is that fecundity of fancy which can adorn whatever it touches, which can invest naked fact and dry reasoning with unlooked-for beauty, make flowers bloom even on the edge of the precipice.

Margaret Fuller

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Men have been chained to hideous walls and other strange anchors but few have known such suffering and bitterness as those who have been bound to pens.

Charles Dickens

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Pride, the never-failing vice of fools.

Alexander Pope

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Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration.

Sigmund Freud

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Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.

Jean Anouilh

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Your library is your paradise.

Erasmus

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Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen

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How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

Herbert Spencer

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It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe Ė you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.

Lord Byron

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To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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Your battles inspired me Ė not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.

James Joyce

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A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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When oneís thoughts are neither frivolous nor flippant, when oneís thoughts are neither stiff-necked nor stupid, but rather, are harmonious Ė they habitually render physical calm and deep insight.

Hildegard von Bingen

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To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.

Demosthenes

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When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping.

Gilgamesh

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The part I enjoy is the re-writing. Increasingly, I enjoy the dullest, most clerical stages of the process. Having said that, there always comes a point, after Iíve amassed enough material and can start knocking it into shape, when I begin looking forward to working on something.

Geoff Dyer

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The greatest instrument of moral good is the imagination.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The squirrel you kill in jest dies in earnest.

Henry David Thoreau

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Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself.

Andrť Gide

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In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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The problems of the human heart in conflict with itself alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the sweat and the agony.

William Faulkner

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I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But Iím one of the worldís great rewriters.

James A. Michener

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Life is Godís novel. Let him write it.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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What is your original face, the face you had before your parents were born?

Zen koan

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Language is to the mind more than light is to the eye.

William Gibson

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Nothing of him doth fade but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.

William Shakespeare

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We donít see things as they are, we see them as we are.

AnaÔs Nin

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The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit not by want. Men do not become tyrants so as not to suffer cold.

Aristotle

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I can only gesture at what makes a story good.

Leonard Michaels

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If you are attacked as regards your style, never reply; it is for your work alone to make answer.

Voltaire

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Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin

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Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

Marcus Aurelius

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Concerning the true and First Matter of Metals: the first matter of metals is twofold, and one without the other cannot create a metal. The first and principal substance is the moisture of air mingled with warmth. This substance the Sages have called Mercury, and in the philosophical sea it is governed by the rays of the Sun and the Moon. The second substance is the dry heat of the earth, which is called Sulphur. But as this substance has always been kept a great mystery, let us declare it more fully, and especially its weight.

Michael Sendivogius

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Art is the lie that tells the truth.

Pablo Picasso

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Fame was like a drug, but what was even more like a drug were the drugs.

Homer Simpson

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort Ďem as much as you please.

Mark Twain

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Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.

Maimonides

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Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself.

Harlan Ellison

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The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

Henry David Thoreau

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First you have to get up and then you have to keep on going.

Cameron Hughes

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Show, donít tell.

Henry James

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A stiff apology is a second insult.

G. K. Chesterton

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The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.

Edward Gibbon

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My new song must float like a feather on the breath of God.

Hildegard von Bingen

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Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Mahatma Gandhi

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About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgement.

Henry Wheeler Shaw

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Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.

Voltaire

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Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Kahlil Gibran

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As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words.

June Jordan

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I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our childrenís children, because I donít think children should be having sex.

Jack Handy

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The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Fear doesnít go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.

Steven Pressfield

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For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Poetry is an expression, through human language restored to it essential rhythm, of the mysteriousness of existence.

Stťphane Mallarmť

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To live in the world of creation Ė to get into it and stay in it Ė to frequent and haunt it Ė to think intensely and fruitfully Ė to woo combinations and inspirations into being by a depth and continuity of attention and meditations Ė this is the only thing.

Henry James

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The Creatures in the School:
Do not worry them.
Do not vex them.
Do not bother them.

Sumerian signpost

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All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.

Miyamoto Musashi

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Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

Mae West

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Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.

Henry David Thoreau

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You canít imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays.

Nikolai Gogol

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Something is missing in my heart tonight
That has made made my eyes so soft
And my voice so tender
And my need of God so absolutely clear.

Hafiz of Persia

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I remember Glenn Miller coming to me once, before he had his own band, saying, ďHow do you do it? How do you get started? Itís so difficult.Ē I told him, I donít know but whatever you do donít stop. Just keep on going.

Benny Goodman

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Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.

John Keats

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Silence is the mother of truth.

Benjamin Disraeli

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We take in the words and move on, but are somehow changed by them.

Karen Phinney

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Pornography is manís refuge from sex.

Bill Wall

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At times I think and at times I am.

Paul Valery

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The meaning of life is that it stops.

Franz Kafka

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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

William Shakespeare

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When I realize that every task can be an act of worship, even the tasks I despise take on new value.

Norman Prather

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Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.

Henry David Thoreau

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Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.

Peter Shaffer

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Be the valley of the world.

Lao Tzu

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She danced the dance of flames and fire, she danced the dance of swords and spears, she danced the dance of stars and the dance of space, and then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.

Khalil Gibran

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I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

Mae West

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I cannot live without books.

Thomas Jefferson

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One has to live a life that creates a writer.

Erno Paasilinna

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Before you use a fancy word, make room for it.

Joseph Joubert

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Donít take life so serious. It ainít no-hows permanent.

Walt Kelly

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There will never be another now Ė Iíll make the most of today. There will never be another me Ė Iíll make the most of myself.

Helen Keller

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The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

Marcus Aurelius

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He said, ďYou have pigs in this poem; pigs are not poetic.Ē I got up and walked out of that class and never went back.

Carolyn Kizer

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You have to know the human heart.

Thom Jones

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Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

Yogi Berra

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Weíre fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

Japanese proverb

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But you know, where did the Brontes go to college? Where did George Eliot go to college? Where did Thomas Paine or Thomas Jefferson or George Washington go? Did George Washington go to college? This idea which we now have that people ought to have these credentials is really ridiculous. Where did Homer go to college?

Jamaica Kincaid

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Mystery is the basic element of all works of art.

Luis BuŮuel

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Make the reader think the evil, make him think it for himself, and you are released from weak specifications.

Henry James

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Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.

H.G. Wells

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If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?

John Cleese

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Trying to be fascinating is an asinine position to be in.

Katharine Hepburn

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A stream cannot rise about its source.

African proverb

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One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

G. K. Chesterton

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Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether itís in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance.

Benny Goodman

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I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.

Hafiz of Persia

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I always picture myself as that person at a cocktail party standing in the corner and watching.

Neil Simon

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Be not a slave of words.

Thomas Carlyle

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Fairy tale brings a larger dimension into our lives, but myth takes us beyond ourselves.

Deena Metzger

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The last of the human freedoms is to choose oneís attitude in any given set of circumstances.

Victor Frankl

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There are many reasons for this unease. One of them is a fundamental discomfort with narrative itself, and involves admitting to yourself that you derive your basic pleasure not from knowing what happens next, but from arrested time or eventlessness.

Amit Chaudhuri

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Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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When man is able to comprehend certain things, it does not follow that he must be able to comprehend everything.

Maimonides

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Why shouldnít we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing?

William Gibson

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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau

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I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.

Charles Baudelaire

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In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think youíre a great writer, you must say that you are.

Gore Vidal

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If the sex scene doesnít make you want to do it Ė whatever it is theyíre doing Ė it hasnít been written right.

Sloan Wilson

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It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesnít advance the story.

Frank Yerby

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I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that Iíd just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway.

Jack Handy

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No object is stuck with its name so irrevocably that one cannot find another which suits it better.

Renť Magritte

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A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.

G. I. Gurdjieff

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Sigh. So much to do. So few people to do it for me.

Paula Brett

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The voice of God, if you must know, is Aretha Franklinís.

Marianne Faithfull

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Perceive that which cannot be seen by the eye.

Miyamoto Musashi

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Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a manís thinking or his writing.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Take mineral Cinnabar and prepare it in the following manner. Cook it with rain water in a stone vessel for three hours. Then purify it carefully, and dissolve it in Aqua Regis, which is composed of equal parts of vitriol, nitre, and sal ammoniac. Another formula is vitriol, saltpetre, alum, and common salt. Distil this in an alembic. Pour it on again, and separate carefully the pure from the impure thus. Let it putrefy for a month in horse-dung; then separate the elements in the following manner. If it puts forth its signal, commence the distillation by means of an alembic with a fire of the first degree. The water and the air will ascend; the fire and the earth will remain at the bottom. Afterwards join them again, and gradually treat with the ashes. So the water and the air will again ascend first, and afterwards the element of fire, which expert artists recognise. The earth will remain in the bottom of the vessel. This collect there. It is what many seek after and few find.

Paracelcus

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The best protection for the people is not necessarily to believe everything people tell them.

Demosthenes

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If a manís character is to be abused, thereís nobody like a relative to do the business.

Alexander Pope

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Henry David Thoreau

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What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

William Shakespeare

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Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Kahlil Gibran

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This is the most autobiographical song Iíve ever written. Iím thankful I had the presence of mind never to put any words to it.

Bennett Williams

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A critic is a man who knows the way but canít drive the car.

Kenneth Tynan

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No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.

Harry Houdini

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The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.

Menander

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The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

Muhammad Ali

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I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

Mae West

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Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

Hans Christian Andersen

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To me, who has written for most of her adult life, in a number of genres and with wildly varying degrees of ďenjoymentĒ and/or ďmiseryĒ, itís likely that writing is a conscious variant of a deep-motivated unconscious activity, like dreaming.

Joyce Carol Oates

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Soul meets soul on loversí lips.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau

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I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.

George Eliot

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Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?

Marcell Marceau

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Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

T. S. Eliot

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Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.

Carlos Fuentes

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My eyes glaze over at a writer solving tiny problems.

Doris Grumbach

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He never gave utterance in words to his feelings of the glories of nature. Words were not his instruments of expression Ė colour was the only medium open to him.

J. M. MacCallum

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The justification of a character in a novel is not that other persons are what they are, but that the author is what he is. Otherwise the novel is not a work of art.

Oscar Wilde

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If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

Carl Jung

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Write as often as possible, not with the idea at once of getting into print, but as if you were learning an instrument.

J. B. Priestley

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The poet is a man who lives by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse.

Henry David Thoreau

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The great artist is the simplifier.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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Our power is patience. We have discovered that writing allows even a stupid person to seem halfway intelligent, if only that person will write the same thought over and over again, improving it just a little bit each time. It is a lot like inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump. Anybody can do it. All it takes is time.

Kurt Vonnegut

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I came to understand that the words executive and corporate never belong next to the word chef.

Thomas Keller

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He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.

Abraham Lincoln

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Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.

Kahlil Gibran

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Being is born of nothing.

Lao Tzu

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A womanís guess is much more accurate than a manís certainty.

Rudyard Kipling

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He neíer is crowned with immortality who fears to follow where airy voices lead.

John Keats

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On the neck of a young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.

Hafiz of Persia

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, itís time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain

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Norris said she never wrote a story unless it was fun to do. I understand Ferber whistles at her typewriter. And there was that poor sucker Flaubert rolling around on his floor for three days looking for the right word.

Dorothy Parker

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Psyche creating itself, entering the labyrinth of the inner world, confronting good and evil, sexuality, encountering the lost feminine, and reconciling the opposites, life and death, dark and light, male and female, upper world and underworld, barrenness and creativity Ė these are the central focuses of the Eleusinian Mysteries, and they are the quintessential concerns of the larger story.

Deena Metzger

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All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

Yogi Berra

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.

Renť Magritte

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No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.

Harry Houdini

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Even God lends a hand to honest boldness.

Menander

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People often say that motivation doesnít last. Well, neither does bathing. Thatís why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

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Nothing is as sacred as the integrity of your own mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

H. L. Mencken

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Generous people are rarely mentally ill.

Karl Menninger

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Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

P. J. OíRourke

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This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.

Susan Polis Schutz

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A quiet mind is more important than a positive mind.

Deepak Chopra

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I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.

Katharine Hepburn

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A novel is a narrative of a certain length with something wrong with it.

Randall Jarrell

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Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.

Viktor E. Frankl

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When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing.

Tom Robbins

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Whenever we condemn, we cloak the world in pain.

Hugh Prather

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To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

Unknown

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The point of a notebook is to jumpstart the mind.

John Gregory Dunne

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Cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. It is comprehensible when I write: ďThe man sat on the grass,Ē because it is clear and does not detain oneís attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: ďThe tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully.Ē The brain canít grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously.

Anton Chekhov

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Thereís hardly anywhere in literature where you donít find a triangle.

Leonard Michaels

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Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.

Richard Curtis

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Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

Benjamin Disraeli

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I hate women because they always know where things are.

Voltaire

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Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.

Alexander Pope

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Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what youíve got to say, and say it hot.

D. H. Lawrence

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I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ďTo hell with you.Ē

Saul Bellow

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Being born is like being kidnapped and then sold into slavery.

William Shakespeare

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Whether they find life there or not, I think Jupiter should be called an enemy planet.

Jack Handy

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Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.

Samuel Butler

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Language is fossil poetry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is no mystery about art. Do the things that you can see, they will show you those that you cannot see. By doing what you can you will gradually get to know what it is that you want to do and cannot do, and so be able to do it.

Samuel Butler

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Follow the accident, fear the fixed plan Ė that is the rule.

John Fowles

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The only reason I didnít kill myself after I read the reviews of my first book was because we have two rivers in New York and I couldnít decide which one to jump into.

Wilfrid Sheed

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Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.

Alexander Pope

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All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.

Demosthenes

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Generally speaking, the Way of the Warrior is resolute acceptance of death.

Miyamoto Musashi

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Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

Mae West

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Our knowledge is a tiny island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Iím an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift

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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau

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The man who makes no mistakes usually does not make anything.

Edward John Phelps

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The words that love inspires outlive their utterance.

Horace

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Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.

Dostoevsky

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A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

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When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.

Seneca

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He wrapped himself in quotations as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

Rudyard Kipling

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Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

John Updike

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I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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When you go to the dark place you must come back singing.

Deena Metzger

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Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

Paula Brett

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Only thought can resemble. It resembles by being what it sees, hears, or knows; it becomes what the world offers it.

Renť Magritte

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You must do the very thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full.

Henry David Thoreau

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If itís never our fault, we canít take responsibility for it. If we canít take responsibility for it, weíll always be its victim.

Richard Bach

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Traditional words are just babbling in that presence, and babbling is a substitute for sight.

Rumi

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In the long years liker they must grow; the man be more of woman, she of man.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you donít try.

Beverly Sills

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Art has an obligation to offend.

Edward Albee

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We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.

AnaÔs Nin

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Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose Ė and you allow him to make war at pleasure.

Abraham Lincoln

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Donít try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. Itís the one and only thing you have to offer.

Barbara Kingsolver

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Get black on white.

Guy de Maupassant

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When writing a novel, thatís pretty much entirely what life turns into: ĎHouse burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.í

Neil Gaiman

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Who am I? What will I be? Why am I here? Where am I going?

Constantin Stanislavski

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There are nine-and-sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, and every single one of them is right.

Rudyard Kipling

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Let good people sin. Give virtue to rotters.

John LíHeureux

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Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.

Michael Caine

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I believe that it is my job not only to write books but to have them published. A book is like a child. You have to defend the life of a child.

George KonrŠd

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Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

William Blake

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Attention is Key. Pay attention to anything long enough or correctly the first time, and you will understand.

Dr. Suderland Vildenstroff

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Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.

Flannery OíConnor

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Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

William James

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People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them.

Edwin H. Friedman

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It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.

G. I. Gurdjieff

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Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.

Rabindranath Tagore

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Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Voltaire

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Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.

Will Rogers

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Language has created the word ďlonelinessĒ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ďsolitudeĒ to express the glory of being alone.

Paul Tillich

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There is no mistaking the dismay on the face of a writer who has just heard that his brain child is a deformed idiot.

L. Sprague de Camp

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To know one thing, you must know the opposite.

Henry Moore

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Iím afraid of coaching, of writerís classes, of writerís magazines, of books on how to write. They give me centipede trouble Ė you know the yarn about the centipede who was asked how he managed all his feet? He tried to answer, stopped to think about it, and was never able to walk another step.

Robert A. Heinlein

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Fuck the plot.

Edna OíBrien

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Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money from this state of being.

A. A. Milne

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What we think, we become.

Buddha

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I donít have a moral plan. Iím a Canadian.

David Cronenberg

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I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.

Viktor E. Frankl

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In the most basic sense, the purpose of life is being Ė as opposed to not being.

Seth

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Facts are many, but the truth is one.

Rabindranath Tagore

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Culture makes all men gentle.

Menander

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The air around us is charged with the storytellerís presence. We are inside a magic circle, and no harm can befall us until the tale is done.

Victor Perera

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The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

Marc Chagall

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Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.

Mae West

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Behind or within our cultures are individual lives. And behind or within them are stories. Behind these stories are archetypal tales. Behind these tales are strange forces that combine and recombine to reveal and create the world.

Deena Metzger

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If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

Henry David Thoreau

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Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking. The one is but the shadow of the other.

Carl Jung

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Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.

Aldous Huxley

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Work is a four-letter word; art and fun have but three.

Hap Hagood

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This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

Oscar Wilde

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The act of writing is an act of optimism. You would not take the trouble to do it if you felt that it didnít matter.

Edward Albee

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The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.

W. B. Yeats

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Cthulhu still lives, I suppose, again in that chasm of stone which has shielded him since the sun was young. His accursed city is sunken once more; but his ministers on earth still bellow and prance and slay around idol-capped monoliths in lonely places.

H. P. Lovecraft

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Let the odour of the eye of Horus adhere to thee.

The Pyramid Inscriptions

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This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.

Hafiz of Persia

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I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

Henry David Thoreau

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I should like one of these days to be so well known, so popular, so celebrated, so famous, that it would permit me to break wind in society, and society would think it a most natural thing.

Honorť de Balzac

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Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.

James Joyce

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You can make a better living in this world as a soothsayer than as a truth-sayer.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

Kahlil Gibran

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Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

James M. Barrie

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The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.

Nicholas-Sťbastien Chamfort

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Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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I cringe when critics say Iím a master of the popular novel. Whatís an unpopular novel?

Irwin Shaw

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Poetry is language surprised in the act of changing into meaning.

Stanley Kunitz

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Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?

Simone Weil

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Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground Ė not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.

Robertson Davies

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Iíve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.

Anne Tyler

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Every secret of a writerís soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Virginia Woolf

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Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Woody Allen

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One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family.

Pat Conroy

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I want to make your flesh creep.

Charles Dickens

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If a true artist were born in a pigpen and raised in a sty, he would still find plenty of inspiration for his work.

Willa Cather

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To regret deeply is to live afresh.

Henry David Thoreau

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If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet you could shoot beer out your nose.

Jack Handy

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Except for the young or very happy, I canít say I am sorry for anyone who dies.

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Who knows the secret? who proclaimed it here? Whence, whence this manifold creation sprang? The Gods themselves came later into being Ė Who knows from whence this great creation sprang?

H. P. Blavatsky

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Live or die but donít poison everything.

Saul Bellow

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Summertime
And the liviní is easy,
Fish are jumpiní
And the cotton is high.
Oh yoí daddyís rich
Aní yoí ma is good lookiní
So hush, little baby,
Donít you cry.

One of these morninís,
Youís gonna rise up singiní
Then youíll spread yoí wings
Aní youíll take to the sky.
But till that morniní,
Thereís ainít nothiní can harm you
With your Daddy aní Mummy
Standiní by.

Cole Porter

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A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.

Honorť de Balzac

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A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.

Robertson Davies

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The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.

G. K. Chesterton

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In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until heís about 75.

Irwin Shaw

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Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.

Rabindranath Tagore

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Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

Gustave Flaubert

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Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother.

Richard Peck

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There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.

Camille Paglia

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I feel it now: thereís a power in me to grasp and give shape to my world. I know that nothing has ever been real without my beholding it. All becoming has needed me.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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I felt early on I wasnít going to be a respectable citizen.

Cormac McCarthy

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When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out.

Vickie Karp

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The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

George Bernard Shaw

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Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions Ė what we do Ė that we are happy or the reverse.

Aristotle

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Never be sincere Ė sincerity is the death of writing.

Gordon Lish

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Express yourself in a plain, easy manner, in well-chosen, significant, and decent terms, and give an harmonious and pleasing turn to your periods.

Cervantes

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Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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My crown is in my heart, not on my head.

William Shakespeare

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Suffering avoided leads to emptiness.

Oswald Spengler

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Manís conscience is the oracle of God.

Lord Byron

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So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.

Benjamin Franklin

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A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a manís life as in a book. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe.

Henry David Thoreau

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To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.

Alexander Pope

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A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.

Salman Rushdie

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If you start with a bang, you wonít end with a whimper.

T. S. Eliot

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Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. Iím not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

Neil Gaiman

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You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.

Davy Crockett

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Expansion, that is the idea the novelist must cling to, not completion, not rounding off, but opening out.

E. M. Forster

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Remember that in every word there is a magical influence, and that each word is in itself the breath of the internal and moving spirit. A word of love, of comfort, of promise, is able to strengthen the timid, the weak, or the physically ill; but words of hatred, censure, enmity, or menace, lower our confidence and self-reliance.

Edmund Goldsmid

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Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.

Renť Magritte

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It isnít what I do, but how I do it. It isnít what I say, but how I say it Ė and how I look when I do it and say it.

Mae West

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If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

Henry David Thoreau

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The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.

Benjamin Disraeli

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What the writer needs is an empty day ahead.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other comes from a strong wonít.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Henry Ford

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No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.

Robert Byrne

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Fire has always been the most terrible of the elements.

Harry Houdini

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A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but Iím just not close enough to get the job done.

George Carlin

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In our life there is a single color, as on an artistís palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

Marc Chagall

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What you write is the truest thing that can be said of you.

Arabic proverb

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The captive prince conquered in Italy will pass Genoa by sea as far as Marseilles: Through great exertion by the foreigners overcome, safe from gunshot, barrel of beeís liquor.

Nostradamus

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A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

Rabindranath Tagore

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The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.

Voltaire

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Ah, but a manís reach should exceed his grasp Ė or whatís a heaven for?

Robert Browning

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Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds the commonplace.

Elbert Hubbard

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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Ernest Hemingway

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Why does my muse only speak when she is unhappy? She does not, I only listen when I am unhappy.

Stevie Smith

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Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

Jessamyn West

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Discover and explore how we as individuals and as writers and as a part of community can best serve the world with our lives, with who we are, with our art Ė take a look at the patterns of our personal Ďstoryí and see how it relates to to something larger than ourselves, how it informs us Ė why we are here, what is our calling.

Sandra Jensen

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The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.

Rabindranath Tagore

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The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when heís written it.

William Golding

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A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Willa Cather

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A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

Michelangelo

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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

Rumi

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Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books Ė but it is terrible when one has to live it.

Jean Anouilh

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And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.

Oliver Goldsmith

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Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.

Michelangelo

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In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

Paul Harvey

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My job is not all that difficult, but I do have to know the entire alphabet.

Vanna White

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Let the readers do some of the work themselves.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

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Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality.

Alfred Painter

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Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didnít learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didnít learn a little, at least we didnít get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didnít die; so, let us all be thankful.

Buddha

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Cicero

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with gratitude.

Denis Waitley

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The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

H. U. Westermayer

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Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

Henry Ward Beecher

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There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

Johannes A. Gaertner

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To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni di Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudsonís Half Moon were temporarily disarmed by the fragrance of the New Jersey shore, while ships running farther up the coast occasionally swam through large beds of floating flowers. Wherever they came inland they found a rich riot of color and sound, of game and luxuriant vegetation. Had they been other than they were, they might have written a new mythology here. As it was, they took inventory.

Frederick Turner

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Donít pray when it rains if you donít pray when the sun shines.

Satchel Paige

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Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.

Margaret Cousins

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

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Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ethics is gratitude.

Thomas Erskine

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The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.

William James

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The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

John E. Southard

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If you have lived, take thankfully the past.

John Dryden

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As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.

Adabella Radici

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Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

G. K. Chesterton

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If a fellow isnít thankful for what heís got, he isnít likely to be thankful for what heís going to get.

Frank A. Clark

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The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Grace isnít a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. Itís a way to live.

Jacqueline Winspear

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Praise the bridge that carried you over.

George Colman

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If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.

Robert Quillen

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices in those he has.

Epictetus

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Youíre living in clover, only the clover isnít good enough.

Bertolt Brecht

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W. T. Purkiser

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Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.

William Faulkner

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If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.

Gerald Good

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Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude the worst of vices.

Thomas Fuller

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Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

Seneca

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There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.

R. H. Blyth

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Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.

Henry Clay

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

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Thou hast given so much to me, give one thing more Ė a grateful heart.

George Herbert

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Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.

Horace

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Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

Aldous Huxley

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In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

H. L. Mencken

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When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?

George Canning

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Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

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There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.

Ralph H. Blum

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You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.

Joseph Addison

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The more I worked, the more I saw; the more I saw, the further away it drifted from my grasp. Perhaps that is in the nature of every masterpiece. But more than that, the Chaconne seemed to exude shadows over its grandeur and artful design. Exactly what was hidden there I could not say, but I would lose myself for long stretches of time exploring the workís repeating four-bar phrases, which rose and fell and marched solemnly forward in ever-changing patterns.

Arnold Steinhardt

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Be eccentric now. Donít wait for old age to wear purple.

Regina Brett

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Write when you need to say something, rather than just saying something when you need to write.

Tina Cruz

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What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?

W. H. Davies

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Be passionate for God, not for belief systems.

David R. Hawkins

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Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.

Oliver Goldsmith

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My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earthís loveliness.

Michelangelo

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Not only do I not know whatís going on, I wouldnít know what to do about it if I did.

George Carlin

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Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.

Honorť de Balzac

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The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

Marc Chagall

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The novelist daily at his desk eats ashes, and if occasionally he encounters a diamond he is likely to break a tooth on it.

John Banville

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The perception of beauty is a moral test.

Henry David Thoreau

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You are meant to understand the nature of your inner self, and to manifest it outward.

Seth

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As scarce as truth is, supply has always exceeded demand.

Ned B. Johnson

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God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, and thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, a gauntlet with a gift in it.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Willa Cather

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Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.

Anthony Burgess

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Uncommon things must be said in common words.

Coventry Patmore

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My spelling is Wobbly. Itís good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

Winnie the Pooh

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Every bush can burn if you fire it with your imagination.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.

Catherine OíHara

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Man is a gregarious animal, and much more so in his mind than in his body. He may like to go alone for a walk, but he hates to stand alone in his opinions.

George Santayana

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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.

Plato

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Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.

Robertson Davies

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A writer has to live with a sense of honor.

Irwin Shaw

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Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore

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He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.

Menander

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If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.

Renť Magritte

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Man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.

Viktor E. Frankl

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To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life.You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in glorious fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories Ė science fiction and otherwise. Which finally means, maybe you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And, out of that love, remake a world.

Ray Bradbury

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When rewriting, move quickly. Itís a little like cutting your own hair.

Robert Stone

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For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, hereís a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?

Jack Handy

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It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its outcome.

William James

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If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesnít.

Oscar Wilde

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Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings Ė always darker, emptier and simpler.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently canít read. If they could read their stuff, theyíd stop writing.

Will Rogers

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The past is not only that which happened but also that which could have happened but did not.

Tess Gallagher

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Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.

Davy Crockett

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What Nature cannot perfect in a very long space of time, that we compleat in a short space by our artifice; for Art can in many things supply the defect of Nature.

Pseudo-Geber

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Forgive everyone everything.

Regina Brett

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I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.

Marc Chagall

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He has indeed read a certain amount, more than most of his kind, but late reading, useless as a foundation; he is convinced that no one else has ever done so, and he is a fountain of gratuitous instruction.

Patrick OíBrian

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You were born because you had the impulse to be. The universe exists because it had the impulse to be.

Seth

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You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

G. K. Chesterton

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Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Making a book is a craft, like making a clock: it needs more than native wit to make an author.

Jean de La Bruyere

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Study the past if you would divine the future.

Confucius

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By thought I embrace the universal.

Blaise Pascal

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The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

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The exit is usually where the entrance was.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

George Santayana

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A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large.

Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

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Thinking is the enemy of creativity. Itís self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You canít try to do things. You simply must do things.

Ray Bradbury

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The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.

Kahlil Gibran

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Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

Pythagoras

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He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.

Meister Eckhart

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As the character is, such is the speech.

Aelius Aristides

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I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything.

T. H. Hardy

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Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize itís just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.

David Sedaris

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The high note is not the only thing.

Placido Domingo

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A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.

Gore Vidal

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Creativity is really the structuring of magic.

Anne Kent Rush

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When Water is put to Earth, it strives to dissolve the Earth, by its virtue, property, and moisture, making it softer than it was before, bringing it to be like itself, for the Water was more thin than the Earth. And thus does the Soul work in the Body, and after the same manner is the Water thickened with the Earth and becomes like the Earth in thickness, for the Earth was more thick than the Water.

Khalid Ibn Yazid

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Do spin doctors take a Hypocritic oath?

Ned B. Johnson

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Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle never know.

Charles Kingsley

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The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.

Oliver Goldsmith

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There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

George Carlin

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

George Santayana

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Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.

Salman Rushdie

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Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Iím against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.

Robert Frost

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A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.

Anthony Trollope

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Suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.

Robertson Davies

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Writing is finally play, and thereís no reason why you should get paid for playing.

Irwin Shaw

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Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

Rabindranath Tagore

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The score never interested me, only the game.

Mae West

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If you keep saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.

William Shakespeare

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Language is the only homeland.

Czeslaw Milosz

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I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.

Samuel Beckett

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There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.

Harold Pinter

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The highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.

Honorť de Balzac

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Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write.

James T. Farrell

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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

Henry David Thoreau

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What we want is to enter the story.

Deena Metzger

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The subject is the discourse of the other.

Jacques Lacan

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Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.

Thomas Carlyle

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The Seven Hermetic Principles:

1. Mentalism
2. Correspondence
3. Vibration
4. Polarity
5. Rhythm
6. Cause and Effect
7. Gender

The Kybalion

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Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.

William Cobbett

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Start at once a bedside library and spend the last half hour of each day in communion with the saints of humanity.

Sir William Osler

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The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.

Willa Cather

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Men speak in words because they are tongue-tied in symbols.

W. Hamnet Wall

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

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I donít know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

Bill Cosby

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Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are been taught to be ashamed of not being Ďoutgoingí. But a writerís job is ingoing.

Ursula K. LeGuin

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You canít be afraid to deal with your demons. Youíve got to go there to be able to write.

Lucinda Williams

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There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.

Benjamin Disraeli

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Why should the way I feel depend on the thoughts in someone elseís head?

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.

Adam Smith

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The drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.

Thomas Carlyle

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There are some good rules and there are some lousy rules.

Harold Pinter

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Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.

Albert Camus

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No bird flies too high if he soars on his own wings.

William Blake

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The gladness of all standard belies accusation.

Orwald Himpfelder

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The hand of little employment hath the dantier sense.

William Shakespeare

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Be virtuous and you will be vicious.

Samuel Butler

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Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

George Bernard Shaw

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The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture, and a highly creative feverishness. It is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; itís a little like making love, the physical act of love.

Francis Bacon

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The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.

W. Somerset Maugham

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All writers learn from the dead. As long as you continue to write, you continue to explore the work of writers who have preceded you; you also feel judged and held to account by them. But you donít learn only from writers Ė you can learn from ancestors in all their forms. Because the dead control the past, they control the stories, and also certain kinds of truth.

Margaret Atwood

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Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that.

Samuel Beckett

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The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.

Wilson Mizener

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When people laugh at me, theyíre laughing at themselves.

W. C. Fields

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The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.

George Santayana

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God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of Trivial Pursuit every now and again.

Federico Fellini

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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth: only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

C. S. Lewis

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Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth as well as height and is solid.

Thomas Carlyle

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What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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The pencil should take a walk.

Paul Klee

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Whatís a manís first duty? The answerís brief: To be himself.

Henrik Ibsen

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What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.

Robert Browning

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Our bodies are our gardens, to which our wills are gardeners.

William Shakespeare

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Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.

Matthew Arnold

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We need a spirituality that emerges out of a reality deeper than ourselves, even deeper than life, a spirituality that is as deep as the earth process itself, a spirituality born out of the solar system and even out of the heavens beyond the solar system. There in the stars is where the primordial elements take shape in both their physical and psychic aspects.

Thomas Berry

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To write a good love letter you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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All I ever know is the first line, the first sentence, the first page.

Erskine Caldwell

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I always have a roomful of company.

Tennessee Williams

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Iíve been forty years discovering that the Queen of all colors is black.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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A work of art should be like a well-planned crime.

Constantin Brancusi

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The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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Birth was the death of him.

Samuel Beckett

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What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.

Salman Rushdie

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You have to have a lot of patience to learn patience.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.

Rhys Alexander

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Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.

Learned Hand

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Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

Michelangelo

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Iíve again and again grown like grass.
I have experienced seven hundred and seventy moulds.
I died from minerality and became vegetable,
And from vegetativeness I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.

Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels,
After that soaring higher than angels
What you cannot imagine I shall be that.

Rumi

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Whether to believe or disbelieve, it is a wicked thing to take away menís hope.

Winston Churchill

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In the dark time will there also be singing? Yes, there will be singing about the dark time.

Bertolt Brecht

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The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.

George Santayana

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Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people donít see any.

Orson Scott Card

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The spirit of creation is the spirit of contradiction. It is the breakthrough of appearances toward an unknown reality.

Joan Cocteau

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Sincerity is technique.

W. H. Auden

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Always do whateverís next.

George Carlin

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Every time I paint, I throw myself into the water in order to learn how to swim.

…douard Manet

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Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.

Thomas Carlyle

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There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.

Buddha

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I succeeded in simply attending at the birth of all my works.

Max Ernst

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The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.

Harold Pinter

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Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.

Robertson Davies

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Go on thinking that you donít need to be read and youíll find that it may become quite true.

Dylan Thomas

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It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.

Voltaire

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Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.

H. L. Mencken

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The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.

Richard Moss

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It should be noted that the games of children are not games, and must be considered as their most serious actions.

Michele de Montaigne

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I live in fear of not being misunderstood.

Oscar Wilde

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The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.

Carl Jung

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The only war that matters is the war against the imagination.

Diane DiPrima

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If you define things, you limit them.

Taoist precept

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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

Vincent van Gogh

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A book is like a man Ė clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.

John Steinbeck

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A writer doesnít solve problems. He allows them to emerge.

Friedrich DŁrrenmatt

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The friends that have I do it wrong
Whenever I remake a song,
Should know what issue is at stake:
It is myself that I remake.

William Butler Yeats

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The best way to teach people is by telling a story.

Ken Blanchard

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Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be.

Federico Fellini

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If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.

Marc Chagall

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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus

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I created Nora Jane but I have to wait on her to make up her mind before I can finish the title story of my new book. This is a fiction writerís life.

Ellen Gilchrist

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Everything which is good in me should be credited to books.

Maxim Gorky

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I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx

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A short saying often contains much wisdom.

Sophocles

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

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Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.

Zhuangzi

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I dream for a living.

Steven Spielberg

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My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.

Ashleigh Brilliant

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Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.

Gertrude Stein

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You canít just be a good egg forever; you must hatch or go bad.

C. S. Lewis

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The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.

Thomas Carlyle

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A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

Leopold Stokowski

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Nothing is worth more than this day.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together. Now, itís your turn. Jump!

Ray Bradbury

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Anyone who says he wants to be a writer and isnít writing, doesnít.

Ernest Hemingway

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

Buddha

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We know how fatal the pursuit of liveliness may be: it may result in tiresome acrobatics. When virtuosity gets the upper hand of your theme, or is better than your idea, it is time to quit.

Katherine Anne Porter

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The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.

Dr. Linus Pauling

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You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.

Pablo Picasso

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In the book of life, the answers arenít in the back.

Charlie Brown

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Love is friendship set on fire.

Jeremy Irons

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Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Twyla Tharp

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Find your original swing.

Shivas Irons

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Greatness is a spiritual condition.

Matthew Arnold

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If you do not love me I shall not be loved. If I do not love you I shall not love.

Samuel Beckett

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Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.

George Santayana

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I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore

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Let your measure be with a gentle fire such as is the Measure of the heat of the Sun in the Month of June or July, and stay by your Vessel and behold it with care how it grows black, grows red, and grows white in less than three hours of the day, and the fume will penetrate the body, and the Spirit will be bound up, and they will be like milk, incerating, and liquefying and penetrating: and that is the secret.

Mary the Prophetess

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I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.

Steve McQueen

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Always drink upstream from the herd.

Will Rogers

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The liberty of speaking and writing guards our other liberties.

Thomas Jefferson

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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

Thomas Carlyle

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The artist is the only one who can make a silk purse out of a sowís ear.

Walter Kuhn

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The real price of everything is the toil and trouble of acquiring it.

Adam Smith

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The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die.

Harold Pinter

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Have faith and pursue the unknown end.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

Voltaire

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Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.

Sigmund Freud

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Simplify. Then complicate all over again.

Paul West

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A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.

Norman Vincent Peale

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Bad writers are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones.

George Orwell

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The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.

G. K. Chesterton

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Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

Zhuangzi

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Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Ovid

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I donít believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

Joseph Campbell

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Endless conflicts. Endless misunderstanding. All life is that. Great and little cannot understand one another.

H. G. Wells

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Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.

John Ruskin

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You canít say, I wonít write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer.

Dorothy C. Fontana

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In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

Aaron Rose

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The unexpected is always upon us.

Morgan Freeman

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Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

G. K. Chesterton

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It is the artistís business to create sunshine when the sun fails.

Romain Rolland

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The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.

Mark Twain

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Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.

W. H. Auden

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The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.

Salman Rushdie

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ĎKnow thyselfí is a good saying, but not in all situations. In many it is better to say Ďknow others.í

Menander

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Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.

Benjamin Disraeli

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The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.

Jack Handy

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To write it took three months; to conceive it Ė three minutes; to collect the data in it Ė all my life.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I do not write as I want to; I write as I can.

Somerset Maugham

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A good poem is almost always good housekeeping.

Don Welch

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Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Vernon Sanders Law

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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Henry David Thoreau

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Fear may come true that which one is afraid of.

Viktor E. Frankl

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Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

Marc Chagall

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A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.

Thornton Wilder

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He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.

Henry James

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Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.

Sam Snead

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When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

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Books arenít written, theyíre rewritten. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasnít quite done it.

Michael Crichton

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The things that you know more about than you want to know are very useful.

Robert Stone

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Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.

Sigmund Freud

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There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

G. K. Chesterton

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In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Donít ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story.

Ben Bova

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A child is not a blank tablet awaiting your pen. A child is an open book awaiting your study.

Max Lucado

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The writer is one who writes. He withdraws to some quiet corner, a bedroom perhaps, or any cubicle with a chair and table, and applies himself to his blank paper. Two hours a day are needed, three hours are better, four are heroic.

Gerald Warner Brace

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If you look at it right, you can see the whole world is a garden.

Francis Hodgson Burnett

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The secret to happiness is low expectations.

Barry Schwartz

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If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.

Mark Twain

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Experience is what you get while looking for something else.

Federico Fellini

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Stories exist to be exchanged. They are the currency of human growth.

Jean Houston

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The artists who want to be writers read the reviews; the artists who want to write, donít.

William Faulkner

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The eye sees what it brings the power to see.

Thomas Carlyle

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Iíve always thought of portrait painters as unlicensed psychiatrists.

William Zinsser

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Iím not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself.

James Allen

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The artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

Auguste Rodin

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Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.

Matthew Arnold

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The degree in which a poetís imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.

George Santayana

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If you were to make little fishes talk, they would talk like whales.

Oliver Goldsmith

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Electricity is really just organized lightning.

George Carlin

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Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.

Rabindranath Tagore

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All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

Henry David Thoreau

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Never look backwards or youíll fall down the stairs.

Rudyard Kipling

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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung

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The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

Martin Luther

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There is more pleasure to building castles in the air than on the ground.

Edward Gibbon

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The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid.

James Baldwin

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What a man can be, he must be.

Abraham Maslow

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An archeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.

Agatha Christie

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Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.

G. K. Chesterton

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The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.

William Davis

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You can think you can or you can think you cannot Ė either way you are right.

Henry Ford

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Never was anything great achieved without danger.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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If only neediness and begging were attractive qualities.

Woody Allen

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I love you, said Brenda Ueland to Brenda Ueland. I love you, too, Brenda answered shyly, with a sincere look in her fine, strong face.

Brenda Ueland

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I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds.

Zelda Fitzgerald

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Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A manís interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete list of the fauna and flora of a town.

Henry David Thoreau

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We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.

Voltaire

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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

Benjamin Disraeli

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I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.

Erasmus

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The just is close to the peopleís heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.

Kahlil Gibran

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Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence.

Ernest Hemingway

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I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.

Bill Hoest

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The question is always far more important than the answer. The question is the answer. What was the question?

David Kern

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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

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Itís not so much knowing when to speak, as when to pause.

Jack Benny

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What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor E. Frankl

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A burlesque word is often a powerful sermon.

Nicolas Boileau

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A manís kiss is his signature.

Mae West

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If youíre a young Mafia gangster out on your first date, I bet itís real embarrassing if someone tries to kill you.

Jack Handy

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Writing is physical work. Itís sweaty work. You just canít will yourself to become a good writer. You really have to work at it.

Will Haygood

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The book should be a ball of light in oneís hand.

Ezra Pound

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To make your unknown known Ė thatís the important thing.

Georgia OíKeefe

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Nobody wants to see the village of the happy people.

Lew Hunter

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What is Art? It is the response of manís creative soul to the call of the Real.

Rabindranath Tagore

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Much have I traveled in the realms of gold, and many goodly states and kingdoms seen.

John Keats

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If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesnít matter a damn how you write.

Somerset Maugham

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The lessons I learned that were most important were the ones that hurt my feelings.

Robert Stone

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Write a little every day, without hope and without despair.

Isak Dinesen

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I donít like work Ė no man does Ė but I like what is in the work Ė the chance to find yourself.

Joseph Conrad

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The work of a writer, his continuing work, depends for breath of life on a certain privacy of heart.

Tennessee Williams

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Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

William James

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The word is a sign or symbol of the impressions or affections of the soul.

Aristotle

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At the beginning of their careers many writers have a need to overwrite. They choose carefully turned-out phrases; they want to impress their readers with their large vocabularies. By the excesses of their language, these young men and women try to hide their sense of inexperience. With maturity the writer becomes more secure in his ideas. He finds his real tone and develops a simple and effective style.

Jorge Luis Borges

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Success is for those of us not cursed by self-awareness.

Paul Azinger

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who cares if some oneyed son of a bitch invents an instrument to measure Spring?

ee cummings

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Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Hunter S. Thompson

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Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.

Henri de Lubac

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War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.

Thomas Carlyle

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Scenery is fine, but human nature is finer.

John Keats

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Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while youíre at it.

Horace Greeley

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It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

Oscar Wilde

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The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.

Victor Hugo

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The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.

Abraham Maslow

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It is a foolís prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.

Neil Gaiman

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Coincidences are spiritual puns.

G. K. Chesterton

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Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if youíre alive, it isnít.

Richard Bach

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Earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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True humor springs not more from the head than from the heart. It is not contempt; its essence is love. It issues not in laughter, but in still smiles, which lie far deeper.

Thomas Carlyle

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All romances end in tragedy. One of the key people in a romance becomes a monster sooner or later.

David Cronenberg

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If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.

Natalie Goldberg

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If you canít annoy somebody with what you write, I think thereís little point in writing.

Kingsley Amis

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It takes a long time to grow young.

Pablo Picasso

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It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.

G. K. Chesterton

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Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

Somerset Maugham

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Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, donít tell them where they know the fish.

Mark Twain

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What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.

C. S. Lewis

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I donít pretend to understand the Universe Ė itís a great deal bigger than I am.

Thomas Carlyle

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Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.

Wassily Kandinsky

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Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

Matthew Arnold

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How can you write if you canít cry?

Ring Lardner

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You go to dark places so that you can get there, steal the trophy, and get out. That is more important than to be psychologically safe.

Frederick Busch

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Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.

Elbert Hubbard

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The superfluous, a very necessary thing.

Voltaire

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I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange thing, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

Kahlil Gibran

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Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.

Eckart Tolle

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The highest treason a crab can commit is to make a leap for the edge of the bucket.

Steven Pressfield

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By words the mind is wingťd.

Aristophanes

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Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.

Hindu proverb

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We cannot let external criticism, even if itís true, fortify our internal foe. That foe is strong enough already.

Steven Pressfield

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The happy childhood is hardly worth your while.

Frank McCourt

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Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Art is not a thing; it is a way.

Elbert Hubbard

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Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.

Jules Renard

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The accepted novelist may take his novel up and put it down, spend days upon it in vain, and write not any more that he makes haste to blot. Not so the beginner. Human nature has certain rigths; instinct Ė the instinct of self-preservation Ė forbids that any man (cheered and supported by the consciousness of no previous victory) should endure the miseries of unsuccessful literary toil beyond a period to be measured in weeks.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.

Napoleon Hill

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All of a writer that matters is in the book.

Jean Rhys

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You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about.

Bobby Jones

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Without imagination, love stales into sentiment, duty, and boredom. Intimacy fails not because we have stopped loving but because we stopped imagining.

James Hillman

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Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

Zen saying

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Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

Hunter S. Thompson

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Color has got me. I no longer need to chase after it. It has got me for ever. I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour.

Paul Klee

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You donít live your life, but life lives you.

Eckart Tolle

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The poetry of the earth is never dead.

John Keats

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Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.

Oscar Wilde

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The fixity of a habit is in direct relation to its absurdity.

Marcel Proust

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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.

G. K. Chesterton

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Aim past the wood; aim through the wood; aim for the chopping block.

Annie Dillard

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Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

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Practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?

Stephen King

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The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.

Gabriel Fielding

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

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Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as idleness.

Thomas Carlyle

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Let the Calcinatory Furnace be made square, in length four foot and three foot in breadth, and let the thickness of the walls be half a foot; after this manner: Luna, Venus, Mars, or other things to be calcined, must be put into dishes or pans of most strong clay, such as of which Crucibles are made, that they may persist in the asperity of Fire.

Pseudo-Geber

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Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.

George Santayana

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Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.

Dennis Roch

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We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.

Marcel Proust

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There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.

Salvador Dali

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If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.

Paul Gauguin

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Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

Nietzsche

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All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

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The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

Abraham Maslow

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Every human being has a personal legend to be fulfilled, and this is our reason for being in the world.

Paulo Coelho

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Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And heís carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also heís carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, youíre drunk.

Jack Handy

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Ye who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities.

Horace

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God sells us all things at the price of the labor.

Leonardo da Vinci

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The reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror.

Flannery OíConnor

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Write from what you know into what you donít know.

Grace Paley

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People who like this sort of thing will find this thing the sort of thing they like.

Abraham Lincoln

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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Henry James

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Make sure you go to the writer to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

John Ruskin

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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Aristotle

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Where there is great love there are always miracles.

Willa Cather

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You tell your daughter she just has to own pink.

Lissa Rankin

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When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.

William Butler Yeats

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A great artist is a great man in a great child.

Victor Hugo

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If youíre going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else youíre going to be locked up.

Hunter S. Thompson

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To bring anything into your life, imagine that itís already there.

Richard Bach

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How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

Marcus Aurelius

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Hard days, lots of work, no money, too much silence. Nobodyís fault. You chose it.

Bill Barich

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Donít fear making a mistake; fear failing to learn and move forward.

Philip Humbert

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A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde

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In books lies the soul of the whole past time.

Thomas Carlyle

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I came across a capital word the other day, quite new to me: psychopannychia, the all-night sleep of the soul.

Patrick OíBrian

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Without opening your door, you can open your heart to the world.

Lao Tzu

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The essence of the wizard is transformation.

Deepak Chopra

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The talking oak to the ancient spoke. But any tree will talk to me.

Mary Carolyn Davies

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Writing is about sensing.

Peter H. Fogtdal

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There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

Marcel Proust

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Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein

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Maybe the Beloved will make my love so Pure that he comes to sit upon all my beautiful empty pages.

Haifiz

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The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke

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Heís my friend and he talks to me. When Iím writing him, I canít wait to get to the typewriter and find out what heís going to say.

Thomas Berger

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Fourteen hours on snowshoes and wish I had a pie.

Early California Settler

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Suspense: the only literary tool that has any effect upon tyrants and savages.

E. M. Forster

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All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn.

Iris Murdoch

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We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

H. L. Mencken

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The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.

John Ruskin

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To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

G. K. Chesterton

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We are all born originals. The tragedy is that most of us die copies.

Howard Thurman

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Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.

Japanese proverb

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Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.

Matthew Arnold

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Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Honorť de Balzac

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A writer is a man walking down a street thinking how he would describe himself as a man walking down the street.

Theodore Morrison

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The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.

T. S. Eliot

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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.

Thomas Carlyle

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Art is the sex of the imagination.

George Jean Nathan

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Iíve had a wonderful time, but this wasnít it.

Groucho Marx

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Reward and punishment is the lowest form of education.

Zhuangzi

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The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

Oscar Wilde

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Every drop of ink in my pen ran cold.

Horace Walpole

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Iíve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.

Kenneth Rexroth

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No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.

Nicolas Boileau-Desprťaux

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To follow Story is to understand the path of healing. Each of our stories is a universe. Each one of us is living a story. To discover its shape and essence is essential to soul making.

Deena Metzger

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No tale tells all.

Alexei Panshin

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Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

Henry David Thoreau

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When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Facing it, always facing it, thatís the way to get through. Face it.

Joseph Conrad

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Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each dayís life, sore labourís bath
Balm of hurt minds, great natureís second course,
Chief nourisher in lifeís feast.

William Shakespeare

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I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

C. S. Lewis

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Good composition is like a suspension bridge Ė each line adds strength and takes none away.

Robert Henri

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Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.

George Santayana

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He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

William Blake

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We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.

Marcel Proust

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Will you take a glass of lemon barley-water, or do you prefer a draught of moist and corny ale?

Patrick OíBrian

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The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.

Bruce Lee

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Itís the embrace that fulfills us, not the thing that we embrace.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

Deepak Chopra

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There is a road from eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.

G. K. Chesterton

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Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong

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Donít be so humble, youíre not that great.

Golda Meir

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What you see but canít see over is as good as infinite.

Thomas Carlyle

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All my colors sing together like a chord in music.

Henri Matisse

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I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.

Samuel Beckett

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Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims.

Rabindranath Tagore

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The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that youíll make one.

Elbert Hubbard

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The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.

Horace Walpole

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My soul is naked. It wears the transparent garment of love.

Rumi

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Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of oneís values.

Ayn Rand

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The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.

Joseph Schumpeter

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I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying who listens or what they think.

Deepak Chopra

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You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

Saul Bellow

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Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts Ė the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last.

John Ruskin

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Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

Mark Twain

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The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor for the human mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

Spinoza

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You cannot step into the same river twice.

Heraclitus

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What is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.

Salman Rushdie

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Have the courage to act instead of react.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesnít get paid.

Irwin Shaw

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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

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The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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When I only begin to read, I forget Iím on this world. It lifts me on wings with high thoughts.

Anzia Yezierska

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As above so below and as below so above, to make the miracle of the one thing. Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured and perfected. As all things are made from one, by the condsideration of one, so all things were made from this one, by conjunction. The father of it is the sun, the mother the moon. The wind bore it in the womb. Its nurse is the earth, the mother of all perfection. Its power is perfected if it is turned into earth. Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle and thin from the crude and coarse, prudently, with modesty and wisdom. This ascends from the earth into the sky and again descends from the sky to the earth, and receives the power and efficacy of things above and of things below. By this means you will acquire the glory of the whole world, and so you will drive away all shadows and blindness.

Hermes Trismegistus

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The travel writer seeks the world we have lost Ė the lost valleys of the imagination.

Alexander Cockburn

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Negative Capability, that is when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.

John Keats

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Characters must not brood too long. They must not waste time running up and down ladders in their own insides.

E. M. Forster

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If you define cowardice as running away at the first sign of danger, screaming and tripping and begging for mercy, then yes, Mr. Brave Man, I guess Iím a coward.

Jack Handy

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Good words are worth much, and cost little.

George Herbert

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Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe.

John Updike

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To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.

Benjamin Disraeli

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Every wall is a door.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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All things are water.

Thales

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Let us be gentle when we question our fathers.

Anne Carson

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If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.

Peter Handke

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Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.

Willa Cather

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Write about what youíre most afraid of.

Donald Barthelme

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The Arts are manís most useless Ė and essential Ė activity.

Eugene Ionesco

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I am interested in making up a good case for distortion, as I am coming to believe it is the only way to make people see.

Flannery OíConnor

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The measure of artistic merit is the length to which a writer is willing to go in following his own compulsions.

John Updike

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The historian records, but the novelist creates.

E. M. Forster

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the world so unsure, unknowable
the world so unsure, unknowable
who knows Ė our grief may
hold our greatest hopes.

Zeami

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A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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What you vibrate, you create.

Kendra E. Thornbury

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Life is a dream from which only death awakens us.

Pedro Caldťron de la Barca

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There is always more mystery.

AnaÔs Nin

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The only rule of travel is, Donít come back the way you went. Come a new way.

Anne Carson

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Life isnít about finding yourself. Lifeís about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

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All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.

Marshall McLuhan

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The temple of art is built of words.

J. G. Holland

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When a thought takes oneís breath away, a lesson on grammar seems an impertinence.

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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So, whatís going to hold you?

Sandra Jensen

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I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

Oscar Wilde

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

Henry David Thoreau

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What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson

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The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

Louis E. Boone

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Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly

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Successful people bore me as fictional creations.

Stephen Dixon

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Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?

Harold Pinter

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Games lubricate the body and the mind.

Benjamin Franklin

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Successful writers separate their brain functions deliberately and at will. They write with passion, from the head and the heart. They write fast. They dispassionately edit what theyíve written as if somebody else wrote it.

Ken Rand

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God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.

Elbert Hubbard

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Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.

Emily Dickinson

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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

E. L. Doctorow

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Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.

Federico Fellini

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Stretch the readerís credulity, his sense of logic, to the utmost Ė it is quite elastic Ė but donít break it. In this way, you will write something new, surprising and entertaining both to yourself and the reader.

Patricia Highsmith

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If you donít have time to read, you donít have the time Ė or the tools Ė to write. Simple as that.

Stephen King

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I began to write because I was too shy to talk, and too lonely not to send messages.

Heather McHugh

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To use only the words known to the least knowledgeable reader is to embrace a slow erosion of the language. You want to paint with the full palette of colors available.

Peter Meltzer

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The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.

Carl Jung

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To order, to govern, is to begin naming; when names proliferate itís time to stop.

Lao Tzu

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We are rarely proud when we are alone.

Voltaire

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I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.

Henry David Thoreau

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Without a pen I feel naked, but itís writing that is my exhibitionism.

Carrie Latet

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Poetry will go on cutting a hand-made path through the mass-market insanity. For me, anyway, that path is the one that leads to the Chapel of the Grail.

Jeanette Winterson

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The real payoff is the writing itself.

Anne Lamott

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Donít get it right, get it written.

James Thurber

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Merit itself is offensive.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Isnít it true that saying a thing well is as interesting and as difficult as painting it?

Vincent van Gogh

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Travel reboots.

Peg Miller

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Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land.

Kahlil Gibran

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Donít delay. When the feelingís there, act!

Joe Vitale

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Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.

Blaise Pascal

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What I like to do is treat words as a craftsman does his wood or stone or what-have-you, to hew, carve, mold, coil. Polish, and plane them into patterns, sequences, sculptures, figures of sound expressing some lyrical impulse, some spiritual doubt or conviction, some dimly realized truth that I must try to reach and realize.

Dylan Thomas

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Let each become all that he was created capable of being.

Thomas Carlyle

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A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.

Hazel Nicholson

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Experience is one thing you canít get for nothing.

Oscar Wilde

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Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your story.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Rewriting is like scrubbing the basement floor with a toothbrush.

Pete Murphy

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Love puts away all masks and takes off the silk robes.

Rumi

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Any tool can be used as a weapon.

Ken Rand

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Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

Blaise Pascal

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Responsive to feedback, immune to criticism, is a good idea.

Deepak Chopra

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Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.

Horace Walpole

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The man who never in his mind and thoughts traveled to heaven is no artist.

William Blake

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Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

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The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.

Gloria Steinem

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I donít like to talk much with people who always agree with me.

Thomas Carlyle

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There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.

John Muir

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Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation.

Upanishads

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I love, therefore I am.

Sheila Shurling

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A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

Orson Welles

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London is filled with bumpkins at this time of the year; they stare about them like oxen.

Patrick OíBrian

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Style has always been in my mind the authorís Self, the creative expression of that self.

Whit Burnett

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There are places where writing is acting and acting is writing.

Sam Shepard

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Write about it by day, and dream about it by night.

E. B. White

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Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.

G. K. Chesterton

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Make voyages! Attempt them Ė thereís nothing else.

Tennessee Williams

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Just as Leonardo da Vinci studied human anatomy and dissected corpses, so I try to dissect souls.

Edvard Munch

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To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.

Samuel Beckett

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He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

Elbert Hubbard

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If you want people to notice your faults, start giving advice.

Kelly Stephens

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While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.

Henry David Thoreau

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You donít always whittle down, sometimes you whittle up.

Grace Paley

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The fiction writer has to engage in a continual examination of conscience. He has to be aware of the freak in himself.

Flannery OíConnor

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A good artist should be isolated. If he isnít isolated, something is wrong.

Orson Welles

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A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

William Blake

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A novel is like getting on a train to Louisiana. All you know at the moment is that youíre getting on the train, and youíre going to Louisiana. But you donít know who youíre going to sit behind, or in front of, or beside; you donít know what the weather is going to be when you pass through certain areas of the country; you donít know whatís going to happen South; you donít know all these things, but you know youíre going to Louisiana.

Ernest J. Gaines

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If equations are trains threading the landscape of numbers, then no train stops at pi.

Richard Preston

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A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.

G. K. Chesterton

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For tis not in mere death that men die most.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.

George Santayana

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Bach was first my chore, gradually my interest, and finally my quest.

Arnold Steinhardt

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The only real problem we have is that our process is not yet complete.

Rev Ashlag

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What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness.

M. C. Escher

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The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

Henry David Thoreau

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Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I thing itís a good think.

Inge Kraus

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The silence between the notes are as important as the notes themselves.

Mozart

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Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.

Blaise Pascal

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One of the secrets of literature that every writer knows is that any life will do. Itís not necessary to go bathe oneís feet in the Ganges and travel around the world and work on a steamer to be a poet. Meaning is in small things.

Marvin Bell

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I found that it was boring not to write. It made the world emptier and thinner for me.

Alison Lurie

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Words are great, but seeing is more primal than language and smelling more primal still.

Stella Reinwald

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Mothers are all slightly insane.

J. D. Salinger

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It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.

Thomas Carlyle

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Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

C. S. Lewis

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There is no such thing as wasted effort.

Yehuda Berg

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They teach anything in universities today. You can major in mud pies.

Orson Welles

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Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

Rumi

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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Jane Austen

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Dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always.

Neil Gaiman

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Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

Anthony Robbins

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The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it.

G. K. Chesterton

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From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.

Sigmund Freud

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What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

T. S. Eliot

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The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

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Itís no use. I find it impossible to work with security staring me in the face.

Sherwood Anderson

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So you want to be a writer? Okay. Be one.

Ed Wood, Jr.

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There is only one expert who is qualified to examine the souls and the life of a people and make a valuable report Ė the native novelist. And when a thousand able novels have been written, there you have the soul of the people; and not anywhere else can these be had.

Mark Twain

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No tale is so good but it can be spoilt in the telling.

Terence

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The important thing in writing is the capacity to astonish. Not shock, but astonish.

Terry Southern

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Eloquence may set fire to reason.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Trust ghosts. Trust those you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.

Neil Gaiman

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The cure for pain is in the pain.

Rumi

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If you canít answer a manís arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.

Elbert Hubbard

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The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

William Blake

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Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

Marcel Proust

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A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

Abraham Maslow

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Those who realize their folly are not true fools.

Zhuangzi

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Every novel is an attempt to capture time, to weave something solid out of air.

David Beaty

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Not only does God play dice, but he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.

Stephen Hawking

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American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.

Somerset Maugham

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Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

Marc Chagall

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Only a fool expects to be happy all the time.

Robertson Davies

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Planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching is not writing. Talking to people about what youíre doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.

E. L. Doctorow

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Teach as an old fishing guide takes out a beginner.

Theodore Roethke

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

William Shakespeare

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Rewriting means deep structural change in character and story.

Robert McKee

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The Akashic Records are the collective memories and histories of every thought, sound, physical and emotional vibration, major event and incidental moment in eternity.

Edgar Cayce

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We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Jane Austen

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Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

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Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Jawaharlal Nehru

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The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.

William Orville Douglas

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The novelist must be his own most harsh critic and also his own most loving admirer and about both he must say nothing.

Angus Wilson

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He who stops getting better stops being good.

Oliver Cromwell

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Avoid words that canít even scratch at the hundred hidden meanings in objects and structures.

Eduardo Paolozzi

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Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.

George Santayana

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Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.

Matthew Arnold

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The essence of a sculpture must enter on tip-toe, as light as animal footprints on snow.

Hans Arp

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Iíll see it when I believe it.

Squiggy

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Take head out of ass, begin writing.

David Hunter

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Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn & starts to sing while it is still dark.

Tagore

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When the solution is simple, God is answering.

Albert Einstein

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Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Believe nothing because a so-called wise person said it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.

Buddha

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It is not good to have everything one wants.

Blaise Pascal

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Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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Write everyday, line by line. Page by page. Hour by hour. Do it despite of fear, for above all else, beyond imagination and skill. What the world asks of you is courage. Courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty. Study thoughtfully, but write boldly. Then like the hero in the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.

Robert McKee

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People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.

Oliver Goldsmith

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If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldnít seem so wonderful at all.

Michelangelo

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The wastepaper basket is the writerís best friend.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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A creative writing class may be one of the last places you can go where your life still matters.

Richard Hugo

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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Henry David Thoreau

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It is thought and feeling which guides the universe, not deeds.

Edgar Cayce

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Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth.

A. Bronson Alcott

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I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.

Orson Welles

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I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible.

Bertrand Russell

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In the midst of great joy do not promise to give a man anything; in the midst of great anger do not answer a manís letter.

Chinese proverb

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Everyone is in love with his own ideas.

Carl Jung

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A novelist is someone who wonders why people act as they do, and he doesnít know, so he imagines an explanation and thatís his novel.

Theodore Morrison

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Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

William Blake

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Be pleasant until ten oíclock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

Elbert Hubbard

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Oh! do not attack me with your watch.

Jane Austen

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I have nothing to say and Iím saying it.

John Cage

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As a writer Iím merely a journalist who has learned to write better than others.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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I suffer as always from putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straightening shyness that assails one.

John Steinbeck

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I will gaze at the moon and cleanse my heart.

Zeami

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What is the fear inside language? No accident of the body can make it stop burning.

Anne Carson

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Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.

Robert McKee

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A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.

Marcel Proust

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Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.

G. K. Chesterton

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Even the wisest men relish a little nonsense every now and then.

Roald Dahl

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Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

Edgar Allan Poe

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No pressure, no diamonds.

Thomas Carlyle

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The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The person who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal.

Menander

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To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.

Renť Magritte

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Greet Yourself in your thousand other forms as you mount the hidden tide and travel back home. All the hemispheres in heaven are sitting around a fire chatting, while stitching themselves together into the Great Circle inside of You.

Hafiz of Persia

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Art gropes, it stalks like a hunter lost in the woods, listening to itself and to everything around it, unsure of itself, waiting to pounce.

John W. Gardner

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There is something fundamental within each of us that must be named, faced, and conquered in order to free the human spirit.

Elizabeth Debold

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Anyone who is afraid of a natural process is a child.

Marcus Aurelius

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Dreams are todayís answers to tomorrowís questions.

Edgar Cayce

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Surprises make a child of us.

Anne Carson

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Those at the top of the mountain didnít fall there.

Marcus Washlington

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Books are not men and yet they stay alive.

Henry Ward Beecher

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The more closely the author thinks of why he wrote, the more he comes to regard his imagination as a kind of self-generating cement which glued his facts together, and his emotions as a kind of dark and obscure designer of those facts. Reluctantly, he comes to the conclusion that to account for his book is to account for his life.

Richard Wright

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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Salvador DalŪ

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A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

Thomas Carlyle

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If I had a song, Iíd sing it in the morning, Iíd sing it in the evening, All over this land.

Lee Hays

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You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers.

Deepak Chopra

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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isnít. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

Horace Walpole

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You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.

Alan Watts

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Fear wist not to evade as Love wist to pursue.

Francis Thompson

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It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.

Jane Austen

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Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.

Blaise Pascal

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In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

William Blake

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For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.

D. H. Lawrence

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Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

Truman Capote

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Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.

Thomas Carlyle

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All artists, if they are to survive, are forced at last to tell the whole story, to vomit the anguish up.

James Baldwin

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Before all else, be armed.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.

Harold Pinter

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Sanity is madness put to good use.

George Santayana

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If we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.

Meher Baba

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Why does it enrage an animal to be given what it already knows?

Anne Carson

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I donít say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.

Orson Welles

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Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.

Marcel Proust

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Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.

Viktor E. Frankl

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Words are a replacement for the reality.

Ron Gang

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Trees are the earthís endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

Rabindranath Tagore

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When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.

Paulo Coelho

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Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

Somerset Maugham

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Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Donít put too much trust in them.

Maxwell Perkins

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In general thereís no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know weíre going to die; whatís important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.

Anne Lamott

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Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

C. S. Lewis

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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.

Thomas Carlyle

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When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this Ė you havenít.

Thomas Edison

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All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renenwed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot.

Alan Watts

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How can you write if you canít cry?

Ring Lardner

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Writingís not terrible, itís wonderful. I keep my own hours, do what I please. When I want to travel, I can. Iím doing what I most wanted to do all my life. Iím not into the agonies of creation.

Raymond Carver

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It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.

Voltaire

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Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Edgar Allan Poe

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You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Buddha

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Up vistaed hopes I sped; and shot, precipitated, adown titanic glooms of chasmŤd fears.

Francis Thompson

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An entrance is important to a pilgrim: there can be only one.

Anne Carson

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How quick come the reasons for approving what we like.

Jane Austen

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It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.

Blaise Pascal

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I donít wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.

Javan

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The alchemical quest begins with a search for Primal Matter, that chaotic base material from which gold can be produced. While its identity eludes many initiates, this mysterious substance contains all that is needed to complete the work. It is composed of two essential properties, Philosophic Sulphur and Philosophic Mercury, polarized masculine and feminine aspects of matter often pictured as King and Queen, or as the sun and the moon. In the laboratory, these two properties are separated, refined, and purified. In the illuminations and engravings that accompany many alchemical texts, their story unfolds as a romance, culminating with their sexual union and the birth of their child, the Philosopherís Stone.

M. E. Warlick

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You got to line Ďem up then flatten out and go down the line.

John Madden

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Though I meekly pass where you plow and fire,
Everywhere I leave fox fur on the wire.
And a foxís face, masked in human skin,
Sometimes wild and sharp, holds its laughter in.

Loren Eisely

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Guilt can be expiated, but shame is ashamed forever.

Li Hongzhi

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A man must have sojourned in the workhouse before he boasts himself indifferent to dainties.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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He knew that it is in the crack between opposites Ė dark and light, yes and no, here and there Ė that the real thing happens.

P. L. Travers

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You cannot resist something that is not there. Therefore the act of resisting something places it there.

Neale Walsch

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Lad of Athens faithful be to thyself and mystery Ė all the rest is perjury.

Emily Dickenson

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Leave the essayist to ramble about, content with living a free life and enjoying the satisfactions of a somewhat undisciplined existence.

E. B. White

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The poet is the priest of the invisible.

Wallace Stevens

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The beast is shrouded; use The Eye.

Doctor Strange

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The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.

Hegel

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I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

Edgar Allan Poe

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When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it canít be much good.

T. S. Eliot

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A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Chinese proverb

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A bitter thing, a lamentable thing, a thing which is horrible to contemplate, terrible to hear of, a detestable crime, an execrable evil, an abominable work, a detestable disgrace, a thing almost inhuman, indeed set apart from all humanity.

King Philip IV

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Arm yourself my amiable young friend with all the philosophy you are mistress of.

Jane Austen

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If youíre going to have a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise youíll never make a map of it afterwards.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.

Alan Watts

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Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

James Bovard

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When a writer talks about his work, heís talking about a love affair.

Alfred Kazin

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Beware how you take away hope from another human being.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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I do not get ideas; ideas get me.

Robertson Davies

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The more one judges, the less one loves.

Honorť de Balzac

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How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?

Henry David Thoreau

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Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.

T. S. Eliot

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What is the point of working so hard if I canít even smile?

Sarah Damani

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The end is the beginning of all things.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Why shouldnít truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

Mark Twain

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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

Samuel Coleridge

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The death of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.

Edgar Allan Poe

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I longed to devise a setting by which the trees might really march to war.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Respect for right conduct is felt by every body.

Jane Austen

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Injustice is acting a lie.

Horace Walpole

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Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

Marcel Proust

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There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

G. K. Chesterton

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Remember thereís no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

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Ainít no man can avoid being born average, but there ainít no man got to be common.

Satchel Paige

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As a calligrapher I paint with words. I tell my students that we are artists who interpret words, expressing the emotion that the words evoke on paper.

Carrie Imai

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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing.

Oscar Wilde

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You write about the thing that sank its teeth into you and wouldnít let go.

Paul West

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By hammer and hand, all arts do stand.

Hammermanís Guild

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Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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But nothing in life Ė nor perhaps, in death Ė is ever really finished. A book, for instance, is no book at all, unless, when we come to the last page, it goes on and on within us.

P. L. Travers

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O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?

Yeats

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You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

Alan Watts

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One manís style must not be the rule of anotherís.

Jane Austen

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Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.

Blaise Pascal

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The true teacher is the learner.

Elbert Hubbard

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The only means of strengthening oneís intellect is to make up oneís mind about nothing, to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.

John Keats

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One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in othersí minds.

Alfred Kazin

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Because we believe that our ethnic group, our society, our political party, our God, is better than your God, we kill each other.

Neale Donald Walsch

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Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.

Henry David Thoreau

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A useless life is an early death.

Goethe

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It requires self-esteem to receive Ė not self-love but just a pleasant acquaintance and liking for oneself.

John Steinbeck

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Let the caller and the called disappear; be lost in the Call.

Rumi

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There is a momentum of walking, hunger, roads, empty bowl of thoughts that is more luxurious Ė more civil than any city. Even the earliest Pligrimís Guide, published in A.D. 1130, contains remarks touching the dilemma of the pilgrim who reaches his destination and cannot bear to stop.

Anne Carson

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Life is a gift, given in trust Ė like a child.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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You can never lose anything that really belongs to you, and you canít keep that which belongs to someone else.

Edgar Cayce

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Story begins when an event, either by human decision or accident in the universe, radically upsets the balance of forces in the protagonistís life, arousing in that character the need to restore the balance of life.

Robert McKee

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Opposition is true friendship.

William Blake

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To err is human, but it feels divine.

Mae West

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Immoral: something I havenít tried yet.

Brian Wall

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Proper words in proper places makes the true definition of a style.

Jonathan Swift

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Each stroke on the canvas represents a word, a word that contributes to the statement on the canvas.

Mona Schlesinger

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People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

Indira Gandhi

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Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.

Federico Fellini

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Each juggler should be trained in the ignorance of the laws of physics.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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A novelist is a man who doesnít like his mother.

Georges Simenon

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Any work of art must first of all tell a story.

Robert Frost

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My language is the universal whore whom I have to make into a virgin.

Karl Kraus

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You are what your deep driving desire is;
As your deep driving desire is, so is your will;
As your will is so is your deed;
As your deed is so is your destiny.

The Upanishads

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

Seneca

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Write quickly and you will never write well. Write well, and you will soon write quickly.

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

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A dragon is no idle fancy.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Great novels are diamonds mined from layered rewrites.

Andre Jute

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No one is able to enjoy such a feast as the one who throws a party in his own mind.

Selma LagerlŲf

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Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.

Robert Graves

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My object is to show what I have found, not what I am looking for.

Pablo Picasso

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There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.

Edgar Allan Poe

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My country, Ďtis of thee,
Sweet land of felony,
Of thee I sing Ė
Land where my father fried
Young witches and applied
Whips to the Quakerís hide
And made him spring.

Ambrose Bierce

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They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life.

Jane Austen

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The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Orson Welles

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Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.

G. K. Chesterton

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Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.

Bonnie Raitt

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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo

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Do not say, ĎIt is morning,í and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.

Rabindranath Tagore

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I donít want to be near you for the thoughts we share but the words we never have to speak.

Nikki Giovanni

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One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it.

Jean Cocteau

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Glorify who you are today, do not condemn who you were yesterday, and dream of who you can be tomorrow.

Neale Donald Walsch

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All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts.

T. S. Eliot

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Every writer making a secondary world wishes in some measure to be a real maker, or hopes that he is drawing on reality: hopes that the peculiar quality of this secondary world (if not all the details) are derived from reality, or are flowing into it.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

Blaise Pascal

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Art is not a thing; it is a way.

Elbert Hubbard

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With a great poet the sense of beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration.

John Keats

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I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.

Zhuangzi

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Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

Plato

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.

Helen Keller

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The furthest out is the only place to be.

Stanley Elkin

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We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.

Somerset Maugham

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Authorship is exhibitionism, and readers a species of voyeur.

Carrie Latet

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Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a manís life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.

Leo Tolstoy

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Writing counts.

Allyson Dickey

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There is more pleasure to building castles in the air than on the ground.

Edward Gibbon

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The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.

Aharon Appelfeld

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A man who is not afraid is not aggressive.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, youíll come to understand that youíre connected with everything.

Alan Watts

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If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.

Marcel Proust

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Wonder into wonder existence opens.

Lao Tzu

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Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time.

Ray Kurzweil

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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Dreams have only one owner at a time. Thatís why dreamers are lonely.

Erma Bombeck

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Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.

Salman Rushdie

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Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

Dave Barry

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There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

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Best advice Iíve ever received Ė finish.

Peter Mayle

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An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I would never write about someone who is not at the end of his rope.

Stanley Elkin

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The idea of authors running around helplessly behind their cretinous inventions is contemptible.

John Cheever

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Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously.

Ernest Hemingway

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Praise will lead you to vanity and blame will lead you to self-pity and both are bad for writers.

John Berryman

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The unknown eludes the cognitive mind and reveals itself instead through dreams, feelings, meditative states and symbols.

Almine

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If youíre silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.

Alice Walker

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If you want to know your characters better, ask yourself: ďHow would they behave in a quarrel?Ē

Barnaby Conrad

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A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

Jean Cocteau

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You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Home is where one starts from.

T. S. Eliot

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I dislike allegory wherever I smell it.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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There are people who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

Jane Austen

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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

William Blake

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To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.

Abraham Maslow

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The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

G. K. Chesterton

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Are we to paint whatís on the face, whatís inside the face, or whatís behind it?

Pablo Picasso

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I donít need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

Plutarch

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The important thing is that you make sure that neither the favorable nor the unfavorable critics move into your head and take part in the composition of your next work.

Thornton Wilder

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Writing is turning oneís worst moments into money.

J. P. Donleavy

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

C. S. Lewis

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Who so loves believes the impossible.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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What do you despise? By this you are truly known.

Michelangelo

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Fortune favors the brave.

Publius Terence

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Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

Oscar Wilde

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Artists stare at fear so long and hard that fear becomes afraid of them.

Bernice Ellis

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Drama is life with the dull bits left out.

Alfred Hitchcock

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Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who werenít there.

George Santayana

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The life of an artist is like the life of a monk, a lewd monk if you like, very Rabelaisian.

Marcel Duchamp

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Clever men are good, but they are not the best.

Thomas Carlyle

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Iím not confused, Iím just well mixed.

Robert Frost

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Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

Mark Twain

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Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.

David Bly

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Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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When a painting feels like it is coming into being, it coincides with a certain knowing that starts to settle in my body.

Holly Friesen

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Iíve always had the feeling itís dangerous to be friends with a writer; you can end up talking away your books.

Norman Mailer

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The poet doesnít invent. He listens.

Jean Cocteau

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I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: ĎOurs is not a better way, ours is merely another wayí.

Neale Donald Walsch

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A writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Ernest Hemingway

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Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.

Louise Hay

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What people forget is a journey to nowhere starts with a single step, too.

Chuck Palahniuk

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Itís easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people arenít writers, and very little harm comes to them.

Julian Barnes

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Men are only as great as they are kind.

Elbert Hubbard

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Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?

Henry David Thoreau

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I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they wonít contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. Thatís what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.

Orson Welles

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An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a manís entire existence.

Honorť de Balzac

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Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.

Renť Magritte

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Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

Benjamin Disraeli

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March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on lifeís path.

Kahlil Gibran

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The words dripped on my consciousness, sank into my being, and carried me away to the magic long ago of once upon a time.

Peter Abrahams

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I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

Jack Handy

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none is undeservedly remembered.

W. H. Auden

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Men like women who write. Even though they donít say so. A writer is a foreign country.

Marguerite Duras

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First I must look, then I must learn.

Theodore Roethke

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A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Good enough is never good enough.

A. B. Guthrie

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Dialogue in fiction should be reserved for the culminating moments and regarded as the spray into which the great wave of narrative breaks in curving toward the watcher on the shore.

Edith Wharton

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Itís not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.

T. S. Eliot

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Robert Byrne

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What really happens is that the story-maker proves a successful Ďsub-creatorí. He makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is Ďtrueí: it accords with the laws of that world. You therefore believe it, while you are, as it were, inside. The moment disbelief arises, the spell is broken; the magic, or rather art, has failed. You are then out in the Primary World again, looking at the little abortive Secondary World from outside.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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If you donít know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.

Oprah Winfrey

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A voice coming from behind your back can be different.

Anne Carson

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There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

Jane Austen

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Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

Blaise Pascal

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The eye altering, alters all.

William Blake

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The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.

John Keats

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Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.

Zhuangzi

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Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

John Ray

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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso

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The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.

Germaine Greer

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Artists are modest. They know theyíre not doing the work; theyíre just taking dictation.

Steven Pressfield

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Life is hard. After all, it kills you.

Katharine Hepburn

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear Ė not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

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The extreme limit of wisdom, thatís what the public calls madness.

Jean Cocteau

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The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.

Thomas Carlyle

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As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.

James McNeill Whistler

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Politics have no relation to morals.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose oneís attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose oneís own way.

Viktor E. Frankl

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Supposing such dispositions in the artist as have been previously laid down, for his direction herein we shall describe the changes which our subject undergoes during the second part of the process, commonly called the Great Work of the Philosophers: Our vessel being warily heated at the first for fear of its cracking, an ebullition of the contained matter is brought on, so that the moisture is alternately circulated in white fumes above, and condensed below. Other colours may be exhibited in this part of the work without danger, if they pass transiently; but if a faint redness continues, the matter is in danger of vitrifying, either from an impatient urging of the fire, or the moisture not being sufficiently predominant. An ingenious artist can remedy this by opening his vessel and adding more of the acuated mercury; but a novice would do much better to prevent it by governing his fire according to the appearances of his matter, with judgment and patience, till such time as the vapours become dark; and a pellicle or film on the matter shows its disposition for fixing, till it breaks through at different places on its surface with darker clouds, till the whole substance resembles molten pitch, bubbling less and less, resting in one entire black substance at the bottom of your glass. This is called the blackness of black, the head of the crow, etc., and is esteemed a desirable stage in our philosophical generation, being the perfect putrefaction of our seed, which will ere long show its vital principle by a glorious manifestation of Seminal Virtue.

A. E. Waite

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That trite little whimsey about characters getting out of hand; it is as old as the quills. My characters are galley slaves.

Vladimir Nabokov

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Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Plato

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If a book comes from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts.

Thomas Carlyle

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It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.

Salman Rushdie

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We gain freedom when we have paid the full price.

Rabindranath Tagore

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O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau

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Love is the unclaimed gold in the rush to intensity.

Pamir Kiciman

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Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

Jerry Garcia

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All human happiness and misery take the form of action.

Aristotle

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My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.

Anton Chekhov

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Exercise the writing muscle every day. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.

Jane Yolen

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The freedom to create is somehow linked with facility of access to those obscure regions below the conscious mind.

Loren Eiseley

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Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.

T. S. Eliot

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That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.

Edgar Allan Poe

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Nothing Ė the negative, the empty Ė is exceedingly powerful.

Alan Watts

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From politics it was an easy step to silence.

Jane Austen

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We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.

Elbert Hubbard

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Begin well, with attack and accuracy. Drive it through. But, whatever else, make the end the best.

Alma Gluck

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One can never know for sure what a deserted area looks like.

George Carlin

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I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there; I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas, but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere. I searched on the mountains and in the valleys, but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him. I went to the Kaaba in Mecca, but He was not there either. I questioned the scholars and philosophers, but He was beyond their understanding. I then looked into my heart, and it was there where He dwelled that I saw Him; He was nowhere else to be found.

Rumi

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The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Walt West

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Gardens are not created or made, they unfold, spiraling open like the silk petals of an evening primrose flower to reveal the ground plot of the mind and heart of the gardener and the good earth.

Wendy Johnson

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Never feel guilty about reading. Thatís what you do.

William Safire

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You canít write fiction unless you read fiction.

Bill Adler

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Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

Jean Cocteau

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Fear is what prevents the flowering of the mind.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Change is an act of creation. Resistance stops creation. That is the difference.

Neale Walsch

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There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Life in abundance comes only through great love.

Elbert Hubbard

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We are what we imagine ourselves to be.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

AnaÔs Nin

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The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

Virginia Woolf

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A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost

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It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him heís always doing both.

James A. Michener

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Imagination decides everything.

Blaise Pascal

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Live in eternityís sunrise.

William Blake

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Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.

Marcel Proust

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The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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It is wise to direct your anger towards problems, not people.

William Arthur Ward

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If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.

Maxwell Maltz

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A boy has to peddle his book.

Truman Capote

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I have my standards. They may be low, but I have them.

Bette Midler

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Training to be a writer is a slow and continuous process, with time off for human behavior.

Marie-Elise

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Writers have no real area of expertise. They are merely generalists with a highly inflamed sense of punctuation.

Lorrie Moore

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Reading is to the mind what exercize is to the body.

Richard Steele

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I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.

F. Frankfort Moore

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Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if they hope to become writers. You pay your dues Ė which takes years.

Alex Haley

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If you have other things in your life Ė family, friends, good productive day work Ė these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

David Brin

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It will not always happen that the success of a poet is proportionate to his labor.

Samuel Johnson

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Fundamental accuracy of statement is the one sole morality of writing.

Ezra Pound

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Remarks arenít literature.

Gertrude Stein

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Time spent peddling an unfinished novel could be better spent finishing it.

Margaret Reavey

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People should practice an art in order to make their souls grow and not to make money or become famous. Paint a picture. Write.

Kurt Vonnegut

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I feel at times that Iím making up these little people and Iíve lost my mind.

Carolyn Chute

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This is not a pen, it is a prayer, one must have compassion for that.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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An idea has to have some dirt on its shoes, or itís just air.

Marvin Bell

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I am going to write because I cannot help it.

Charlotte Bronte

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A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer Ė to be living a kind of double life.

Jorge Luis Borges

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I will fight no more forever.

Chief Joseph

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They had names for everything but understood so little.

Ned B. Johnson

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My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.

Dalai Lama

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When you have done your best for a flower, and it fails, you have some reason to be aggrieved.

Frank Swinnerton

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It graduates to Ďour state is better than your state,í and Ďour nation is better than your nation.í And it circles all the way around to where it started: ĎOur God is better than your God.í

Neale Donald Walsch

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What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.

T. S. Eliot

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One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles.

Igor Stravinsky

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A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.

Thomas Carlyle

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Painting is the intermediate something between a thought and a thing.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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We are what we believe we are.

C. S. Lewis

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A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu

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Iíve never known a storyteller who was unhappy when telling stories.

Alan Dean Foster

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It doesnít matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.

Anne Sexton

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Sex is a hole.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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Let me be as one small seed that questions not, but sends its roots into the dark.

Donna Miesbach

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The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.

Sven Goran Eriksson

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Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.

John Ruskin

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A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight.

Oscar Wilde

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Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.

G. K. Chesterton

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To kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.

Marcel Proust

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I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Pablo Picasso

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All ideologies are idiotic.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Of all the several ways of beginning a book which are now in practice through the known world, I am confident my own way of doing it is the best, for I begin with writing the first sentence Ė and trust to Almighty God for the second.

Laurence Sterne

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The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

Edgar Allan Poe

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To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

Jane Austen

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Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.

Blaise Pascal

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God is alone, but the Devil, he is far from being alone; he sees a great deal of company.

Henry David Thoreau

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Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Peter Ustinov

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The five conditions of getting: It is not like. It is like. It is just like. It is only like this and not like anything else. It is.

Classical Chinese wisdom

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Sometimes you come to an edge that just breaks off.

Anne Carson

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I think in metaphysical terms, I would call that increasing the speed of the vibration of life.

Neale Donald Walsch

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If you arenít in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

T. S. Eliot

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The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination.

Alan Watts

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Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

Mahatma Gandhi

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What sins to me unknown dipped me in ink, my parents or my own?

Alexander Pope

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If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?

T. H. Huxley

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Words are pegs to hang ideas on.

Henry Ward Beecher

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There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.

Abraham Maslow

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Old books are new, when life changes.

Helen Hirst

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The axiom is the end of thought.

Martin Heidegger

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Love is an art class at Castle in the Air.

Leia Phillips

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Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is whatís known as infinity.

Jean Cocteau

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If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

Blaise Pascal

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The mind ought sometimes to be amused, that it may the better return to thought, and to itself.

Phaedrus

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That is the road we all have to take Ė over the Bridge of Sighs into eternity.

SÝren Kierkegaard

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I have striven not to laugh at human actions, nor to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

Baruch de Spinoza

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Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders.

Walter Bagehot

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We work to become, not to acquire.

Elbert Hubbard

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You look out the window and you see the tip of a tiger outside, and you know thereís a whole tiger attached to that tip, and you wonder about the tiger: Whatís a tiger doing in Dover? What is the tiger like, how does it feel, what does it think? You have to track it down until you find the whole tiger. If youíre really smart, you carry a pound of raw hamburger with you.

Mekeel McBride

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I write chapter outlines so I can have the pleasure of departing from them later on.

Garth Nix

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How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.

G. K. Chesterton

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The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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You are right in demanding that an artist approach his work consciously, but you are confusing two concepts: the solution of a problem and the correct formulation of a problem. Only the second is required of the artist.

Anton Chekhov

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Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.

Virginia Woolf

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For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

Eugene Ionesco

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To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.

George Santayana

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Never complain. Never explain.

Katharine Hepburn

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The spiritual is the parent of the practical.

Thomas Carlyle

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Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.

Honorť De Balzac

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The sword the body wounds, sharp words the mind.

Menander

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I have no interest in the printed word. I would continue to write if there were no writing and no print. I put my words down for a matter of memory. They are more made to be spoken than to be read.

John Steinbeck

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If you go flying back through time and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, itís probably best to avoid eye contact.

Jack Handy

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The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.

Ayn Rand

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A thought often makes us hotter than a fire.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.

Bertolt Brecht

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The only problem with seeing too much is that it makes you insane.

Phaedrus

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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

Walter Bagehot

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Love is a story that tells itself.

Anne Carson

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Things happen individually first, and then collectively. Itís not the other way around.

Neale Donald Walsch

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It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.

G. K. Chesterton

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My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

AnaÔs Nin

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Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.

Carol Burnett

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Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.

Baruch Spinoza

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A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.

Thomas Carlyle

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Thereís man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.

Samuel Beckett

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The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.

Michelangelo

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Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs Ė no regular hours, so many temptations!

Elizabeth Bishop

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I often think of a poem as a door that opens into a room where I want to go.

Minnie Bruce Pratt

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Parataxis is a charged instant of language cold on the surface, unexplained underneath.

Anne Carson

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Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.

P. G. Wodehouse

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Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Great art picks up where nature ends.

Marc Chagall

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I never drink while Iím working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.

Irwin Shaw

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Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.

Rabindranath Tagore

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God save us from reading nothing but the best.

Robertson Davies

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Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them.

Davy Crockett

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Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.

Marc Estrin

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Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.

Matthew Arnold

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Art is Nature speeded up and God slowed down.

Malcolm de Chazal

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Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.

Thomas Carlyle

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Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

Peter Drucker

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Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

Peter T. Mcintyre

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Our work is to present things that are as they are.

Frederick the Great

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When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing help me so much as running to my books.

Montaigne

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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

Virginia Woolf

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Two men look out throught the same bars: one sees the mud, the other the stars.

Frederick Langbridge

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Love is space and time measured by the heart.

Marcel Proust

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Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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There are truths which one can only say after having won the right to say them.

Jean Cocteau

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Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T. S. Eliot

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I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

Jane Austen

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I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them.

Horace Walpole

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I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying I will not forgive.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Easy writing makes hard reading.

Ernest Hemingway

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Donít mistake a good setup for a satisfying conclusion Ė many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.

Stanley Schmidt

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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldnít say any other way Ė things I had no words for.

Georgia OíKeeffe

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Itís too bad that stupidity isnít painful.

Anton LaVey

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The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.

Mark Twain

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Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.

Blaise Pascal

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I owe my solitude to other people.

Alan Watts

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No professional writer can afford only to write when he feels like it. If he waits till he is in the mood, till he has the inspiration, he waits indefinitely and ends by producing little or nothing. The professional writer creates the mood. He has his inspiration too, but he controls and subdues it to his bidding by setting himself regular hours of work. But in time writing becomes a habit, and like the old actor in retirement, who gets restless when the hour arrives at which he has been accustomed to go down to the theatre and make up for the evening performance, the writer itches to get to his pens and paper at the hours at which he has been used to write. Then he writes automatically.

Somerset Maugham

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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

Thomas Carlyle

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We must not let daylight in upon the magic.

Walter Bagehot

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There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.

Seneca

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We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is Godís.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Sex just hasnít been the same since women started enjoying it.

Lewis Grizzard

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Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.

Garrison Keillor

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If youíre not failing every now and again, itís a sign youíre not doing anything very innovative.

Woody Allen

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The common workshop goal is revision, not suicide.

Hilma Wolitzer

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No complete son of a bitch ever wrote a good sentence.

Malcolm Cowley

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I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straightening shyness that assails one.

John Steinbeck

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To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hellís heart, I stab at thee; For hateís sake, I spit my last breath at thee.

Herman Melville

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I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.

Arthur Conan Doyle

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Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

Henry David Thoreau

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The box was a universe, a poem, frozen on the boundaries of human experience.

William Gibson

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When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Viktor E. Frankl

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A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for loveís sake only.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.

Luis BuŮuel

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No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.

Henry Ward Beecher

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If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.

Baruch Spinoza

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The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Every writer making a secondary world wishes in some measure to be a real maker, or hopes that he is drawing on reality: hopes that the peculiar quality of this secondary world (if not all the details) are derived from Reality, or are flowing into it.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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The soul of sweet delight can never be defiled.

William Blake

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It isnít that they canít see the solution. It is that they canít see the problem.

G. K. Chesterton

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Named must your fear be before banish it you can.

Yoda

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In the middle of the silence in a writerís house lies an invalid: the book being worked on.

Richard Eder

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Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.

Menander

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It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.

Voltaire

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Every reader finds himself.

Marcel Proust

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What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?

Bertolt Brecht

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Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Jean Cocteau

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If we simply decided to believe and act as if first, weíre all one, and second, life is eternal, it would render virtually everything weíve done all our lives pointless.

Neale Donald Walsch

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One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

Jane Austen

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Do you wish people to think well of you? Donít speak well of yourself.

Blaise Pascal

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All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.

Niccolo Machiavelli

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Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

Boris Pasternak

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The cut of a garment speaks of intellect and talent and the color of temperament and heart.

Thomas Carlyle

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Painting is only a bridge linking the painterís mind with that of the viewer.

EugŤne Delacroix

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Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.

Oliver Goldsmith

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Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born.

Edmund Burke

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Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.

Davy Crockett

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Words, as symbols for thoughts, are too precious to squander.

Brian Knowles

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Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

Aleister Crowley

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The most dangerous people are the ignorant.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Life becomes fun when one realizes that itís just a game.

Nerijus Stasiulis

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You must squeeze out of yourself every sensation, every thought, every image, Ė mercilessly, without reserve and without remorse: you must search the darkest corners of your heart, the most remote recesses of your brain, Ė you must search them for the image, for the glamour, for the right expression. And you must do it sincerely, at any cost: you must do it so that at the end of your dayís work you should feel exhausted, emptied of every sensation and every thought, with a blank mind and an aching heart, with the notion that there is nothing, Ė nothing left in you.

Joseph Conrad

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Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are.

Rod Serling

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Iím a writer first and a woman after.

Katherine Mansfield

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You donít need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.

Guy Finley

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The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

G. K. Chesterton

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Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything.

Katharine Hepburn

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In the writing process, the more a thing cooks, the better.

Doris Lessing

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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.

Margaret Atwood

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First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about.

Bernard Malamud

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I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.

Aleister Crowley

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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way.

Mark Twain

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God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.

Luis BuŮuel

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All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality Ė the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

Walter Bagehot

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Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

Jean Cocteau

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Letís not be narrow, nasty, and negative.

T. S. Eliot

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If you canít help others, at least donít hurt them.

Dalai Lama

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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

H. L. Mencken

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Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.

John Updike

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Go as far as you can see; when you get there youíll be able to see farther.

Thomas Carlyle

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Be a scribe! Your body will be sleek, your hand will be soft. You are one who sits grandly in your house; your servants answer speedily; beer is poured copiously; all who see you rejoice in good cheer. Happy is the heart of him who writes; he is young each day.

Ptahotep

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I am, in plainer words, a bundle of prejudices Ė made up of likings and dislikings.

Charles Lamb

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Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius Ė and a lot of courage Ė to move in the opposite direction.

E. F. Schumacher

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I believe in not quite knowing. A writer needs to be doubtful, questioning. I write out of curiousity and bewilderment.

William Trevor

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker

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My feeling about technique in art is that it has the same value as technique in lovemaking. That is to say, heartfelt ineptitude has its charm and so has heartless skill, but what you really want is passionate virtuosity.

John Barth

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The world I create in writing compensates for what the real world does not give me.

Gloria Anzaldua

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Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.

Bertolt Brecht

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They have called the knowledge itself hiden, and they have also referred to the method of transmission, whereby they leave the knowledge to their successors, as hiden. When doing so, they transmit not only knowledge but also power and authority, along with symbolic objects to signify the legitimacy of a recipient, such as a praised sword, fan, or the like. In this paradigm, both the transmission and knowledge do not depend on what is called modern ďreason,Ē which was once believed to ensure objective truth.

Maki Isaka Morinaga

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If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes.

Alan Watts

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If you donít risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

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He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.

Benjamin Disraeli

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One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.

E. M. Forster

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There are a hundred ways to begin a story but only one to end it, and the writer must know the end before he begins.

Katherine Anne Porter

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Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.

Kurt Vonnegut

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Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Oscar Wilde

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The only time I know that something is true is the moment I discover it in the act of writing.

Jean Malaquais

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Nothing on earth in fiction is less interesting than characters under the influence of alcohol.

John LíHeureux

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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Follow effective action with quiet reflection.

Peter F. Drucker

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We donít receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

Marcel Proust

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One thought fills immensity.

William Blake

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If there hadnít been women weíd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.

Orson Welles

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An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

Jean Cocteau

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Success tempts many to their ruin.

Phaedrus

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Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.

Aleister Crowley

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Love is not something you feel, it is something you do.

Mark Kolke

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The language you use for your poems should be the language you use with your friends.

Robert Bly

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

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A warrior never worries about his fear.

Carlos Castaneda

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Humor is reason gone mad.

Groucho Marx

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If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.

Abraham Lincoln

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Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.

Bertolt Brecht

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Never mind about the young! I am not interested in the Ďchildí as such, modern or otherwise, and certainly have no intention of meeting him or her half way, or a quarter of the way. It is a mistaken thing to do anyway, either useless when applied to the stupid or pernicious when inflicted on the gifted.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.

Elbert Hubbard

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Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.

William James

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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pablo Picasso

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Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.

Mark Twain

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What role does silence have in all this noise?

Federico Fellini

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All art is a kind of subconscious madness expressed in terms of sanity.

George Jean Nathan

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In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.

Thomas Carlyle

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A man who thinks much of his words as he writes them will generally leave behind him the smell of oil.

Anthony Trollope

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Action is eloquence.

William Shakespeare

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It is the Light of Nature which is at work during sleep.

Paracelcus

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Worried about playing the fool, we forget how to simply play.

Julia Cameron

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Habit is a great deadener.

Samuel Beckett

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The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.

Joan Mirů

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Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.

Steve Martin

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If a myth does not refer both to the realm of the gods and to that of our own lives, or if it does not speak both about the world and about our psyches, it is not a myth.

Deena Metzger

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The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.

Walter Bagehot

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We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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You are the music while the music lasts.

T. S. Eliot

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The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Locke

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Simple is hard.

Martin Scorsese

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It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.

Walter Lippmann

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Soften your focus and put your attention on the entire space around you. Imagine that the space and everything in it, including you, is filled with Godís Boundless Joy.

Jim Kitzmiller

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If youíre going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

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Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.

Winnie the Pooh

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Witches are often betrayed by their appetites.

Neil Gaiman

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Any time youíve got nothing to do and lots of time to do it, come on up.

Mae West

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Charlotteís Web was the first book that made me weep, and I wept because I knew that it contained truth.

Jenny Boylan

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When I die I will soar with angels and when I die to the angels, what I shall become, you cannot imagine.

Rumi

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his arenít very new at all.

Abraham Lincoln

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Those are my principles, and if you donít like them...well, I have others.

Groucho Marx

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Now comes the mystery.

Henry Ward Beecher

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Anything that actually occurs is of no importance.

Oscar Wilde

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Anecdotes donít make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.

Alice Munro

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Children read books, not reviews. They donít give a hoot about critics.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Satisfaction is death.

George Bernard Shaw

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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.

Aleister Crowley

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The writerís point of view is a choice among tools.

Tracy Kidder

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The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours.

T. S. Eliot

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The thing we fear we bring to pass.

Elbert Hubbard

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Self-esteem isnít everything; itís just that thereís nothing without it.

Gloria Steinem

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For a creative writer possession of the ďtruthĒ is less important than emotional sincerity.

George Orwell

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There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.

Thomas Carlyle

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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

Groucho Marx

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I hear things in a kinesthetic way. I tap into a rhythm of language to portray what I feel.

Mary Gordon

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I want always to be writing the book I was born to write.

Pat Conroy

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You ask for the distinction between Editor and Publisher: an editor selects manuscripts; a publisher selects editors.

Max Schuster

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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie

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To see takes time.

Georgia OíKeeffe

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Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

Oscar Wilde

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I looked up, and it was Christmas.

David Kern

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Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become that path himself.

Henry Miller

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I wore myself out scheming for my desired end, yet only in surrender did I find far more than I could have ever hoped for.

Jocelyn Soriano

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Writers donít write from experience. Writers write from empathy.

Nikki Giovanni

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This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

Rumi

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They are made by man in his own image and likeness; but freed from those limitations which he feels most to press upon him. They are immortal, and their will is directly effective for the achievement of imagination and desire.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

Pablo Picasso

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The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.

Shirley MacLaine

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Love is the river of life in the world.

Henry Ward Beecher

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If you do not break out in that sweat of fear when you write, then you have not gone far enough.

Dorothy Allison

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Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.

Walter Lippmann

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Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.

Bertolt Brecht

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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Where there is no temple there shall be no homes.

T. S. Eliot

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All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

G. K. Chesterton

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I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

Dalai Lama

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Old age is no place for sissies.

Bette Davis

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Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.

Thomas Carlyle

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Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.

Anne Lamott

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The plot is the line on which I hang the wash, and the wash is what I care about.

Robert B. Parker

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Pick up the specific terminology of a different field each year.

Paul West

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Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

Michelangelo

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Breathe fire into everything you do. Make it glow.

Tom Morris

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When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.

Truman Capote

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A novelist should not be too intelligent.

Anthony Burgess

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The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesnít go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.

Roald Dahl

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The greatest artist is always a devout person.

Abraham Lincoln

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It is my belief that women like to be given a task in the middle.

Anne Carson

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I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.

Jean Cocteau

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The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Steven Pressfield

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Do what you will, this worldís a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

William Blake

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In the depth of winter I found there was in me an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

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The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Michel de Montaigne

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I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

John Muir

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All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei

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Writerís block often results from overwriting; the general has gotten too far ahead of his army and finds his supply lines cut.

William Burroughs

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The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle

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Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.

Camille Paglia

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To you Iím an atheist; to God, Iím the Loyal Opposition.

Woody Allen

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Fiction is fact distilled into truth.

Edward Albee

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Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

Tom Robbins

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If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Dorothy Parker

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Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.

Leonardo da Vinci

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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

Andrť Gide

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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

Buddha

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Begin where the reader will be invited to do the most anticipating of the story, where the reader will be most compelled to guess wrong.

John Irving

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I started writing because of a terrible feeling of powerlessness.

Anita Brookner

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A poem is a serious joke, a truth that has learned jujitsu.

William Stafford

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Let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.

John Jakes

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No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.

Walter Bagehot

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The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

Dorothy Parker

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The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.

James Baldwin

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An artistís career always begins tomorrow.

James Whistler

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To be a writer is to sit down at oneís desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone Ė just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over.

John Hersey

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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

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The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

St. Jerome

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Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

G. K. Chesterton

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The fact is that people are good. Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.

Abraham Maslow<