Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

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.”

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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.”

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.”