Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 7

January 7, 2018

Jacques Derrida, on writing

“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 30

December 30, 2017

Ray Bradbury, on writing

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 19

December 19, 2017

Tommy Keene, from “Places That Are Gone”

Because, these are places that are gone
Now we can go on and on
Back before you knew me well
I was trapped inside a shell …

Quote of the day, Dec. 8

December 9, 2017

Jane Smiley, on books (from Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel)

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 4

October 4, 2017

Samuel Johnson, on writing

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 1

August 1, 2017

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on prayer

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2017

Pete Seeger, on education

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

Quote of the day, July 24

July 24, 2017

William Shakespeare, from As You Like It

“Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

Quote of the day, July 5

July 6, 2017

Pat Conroy, on storytelling

“The most powerful words in English are, ‘Tell me a story.'”

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.”