Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Quotes of the Week

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. 
—Joseph Brodsky 

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. 
 —Stephen King 

Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything. 
—James Baldwin 

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. —George Orwell And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good. 
—John Steinbeck 

Wear your heart on the page, and people will read to find out how you solved being alive. 
—Gordon Lish 

The first draft is for the writer. The second draft is for the editor. The last draft is for the reader. 
—Scott Moyers 

Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure. —Natalie Goldberg

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
—Anton Chekhov

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
—John Steinbeck

When all else fails write what your heart tells you.
—Mark Twain

Marry somebody you love and who thinks you being a writer's a good idea.
—Richard Ford

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
—Ernest Hemingway

When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.
—Neil Gaiman

If you can't do it with feeling - don't. 
—Patsy Cline

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