Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

Quote of the day, June 25

June 25, 2017

John Gardner, on writing book reviews

“Writing a review isn’t really analytical; it’s for the most part quick reactions—joys and rages. I certainly never write a book review about I don’t think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it’s an enormously bad book.”

Quote of the day, March 13

March 13, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on making a new trail

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Quote of the day, March 11

March 11, 2017

Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son (1774)

“If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 16

February 16, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Common Sense (1776)

“… a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 13

February 13, 2017

William Zinsser, on writing

“We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 1

January 1, 2017

William Hazlitt, from Literary Remains (1836)

“To great evils we submit; we resent little provocations.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 31, 2016

E.B. White, from One Man’s Meat

“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 28, 2016

Carl Sagan, on reading

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2016

J.R.R. Tolkein, on fantasy

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? … If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

Quote of the day, Dec. 25

December 25, 2016

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on women (from Young India, 4 October 1930)

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. (more…)