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Quotes: Vol. 3

QUOTES: Vol. 3

It’s been another busy week for me, and a stressful week, particularly for those of us residing in the U.S. Although my thoughts on the political arena abound, sharing my craft and views on writing, not politics, has always been the intent of this blog. On the other hand, many citizens of the U.S. and the world currently seem to be living like characters within the plot of a political thriller, each of us anxious to reach THE END. Be that as it may, my blog for this week features quotes from some notable people, many of them authors, plus an anonymous offering or two. Okay, maybe a few quotes lean toward the political, but each one below was meant to either provoke thought or awareness, provide inspiration, or speak of ways to improve our outlooks, not only as writers, but also as people who share our world.

Enjoy. And thanks for stopping by.

  • Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid––Albert Einstein


  • I love my (writers’) rejection slips. They show me that I try––Sylvia Plath


  • You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice––Anonymous


  • A writer should say to himself, not ‘How can I get more money?’ but ‘How can I reach more readers without lowering standards?’––Brian Aldiss


  • Forget the career, do the work. If you feel what you’re doing is on line, and you’re going someplace, and you have a vision and you stay with it, eventually something (good) will happen––Al Pacino


  • A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge––George R. R. Martin


  • Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity––General George S. Patton


  • Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do (write) anything really good––William Faulkner


  • Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game––Babe Ruth


  • Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home––Anna Quindlen


  • We find comfort among those who agree with us and growth among those who don’t––Frank A. Clark


  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars––Les Brown


  • Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion––Simon Sinek


  • Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has attempted to contact us––Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes / a.k.a. Bill Watterson)


  • I never lose. I either win or learn––Nelson Mandela


  • If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what, then, is an empty desk a sign of?–– Albert Einstein


  • Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest is lighted in the mind––Sir Winston Churchill


  • Every author’s fairy godmother should provide him not only with a pen but also with a blue (red) pencil––F. L. Lucas


  • All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship––George Bernard Shaw


  • Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out––Anonymous


  • You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you have something to say––F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • When I stepped from hard manual work to writing, I just stepped from one kind of hard work to another––Sean O’Casey

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