The Great Writers' Quote Thread

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  1. Youssef Salameh

    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    "The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves."- Kahlil Gibran
     
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    Iain Aschendale The Caliph of al-Abama Contributor

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    Wow... Nice
     
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    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    Thanks from the bottom of my heart for appreciating it. You have my respects.
     
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  4. Youssef Salameh

    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    " United we stand, divided we fall"- Aesop
     
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    Adenosine Triphosphate Old Scratch Contributor

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    "One of the reasons men go to war is because, frankly, they like it. I'm not going to write a book in which any time there's an act of violence it's written in such a way that you really don't enjoy it. What's much more productive is to give the audience their act of violence. You give them the excitement of the fight or whatever it may be, and with that also comes a kind of sickness. Because you've got to face the facts that it might be astoundingly cool to stand off three guys with a sword, but at the same time there's going to be blood and broken bones, and a mess. You have to take all of that on board. You have to try to do justice to all aspects of it." - Richard K. Morgan
     
  6. Oscar Leigh

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    Very nice. Well, perhaps not nice but meaningful and rings true to me. It can be easy to gloss the true impact of violence at times. And easy to forget it.
     
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    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

    ― Ernest Hemingway, The Wild Year


    I loved this one.
     
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    Zerotonin Serotonin machine broke Contest Administrator Supporter

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    The quote in my signature comes to mind: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.” - Richard Bach

    Some other notable ones (apologies if I repost a quote, I haven't had a chance to go through the entire thread)

    “If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.” - Lemony Snicket

    “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” - Sylvia Plath

    “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” - Stephen King

    “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” - Thomas Mann

    “I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of.” - Joss Whedon
     
  9. Youssef Salameh

    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    “The yearning for an afterlife is the opposite of selfish: it is love and praise for the world that we are privileged, in this complex interval of light, to witness and experience.”- John Updike
     
  10. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    "Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
     
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    Youssef Salameh Senior Member

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    "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life that word is love"- Sophocles
     
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    so was this supposed to be great quote from a writer, or a quote in general from a great writer? I'll let you guys flip the coin....

    “Horror isn’t about scaring people, it’s about forcing people to confront what scares them.”
     
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  13. JLT

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    I came across this from Gene Fowler this morning:

    "Sometime when I look at a thing I've written I get the feeling that I must have gone out of the room and left the typewriter running."

    I think we've all had this feeling.
     
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    "All publishers are Columbuses. The successful author is their America. The reflection that they -- like Columbus --
    didn't discover what they intended to discover, and didn't discover what they started out to discover, doesn't trouble them. All they remember is that they discovered America; they forget that they set out to discover some patch or corner of India."

    --Mark Twain

    (who, it should be recalled was himself a publisher as well as an author, and knew whereof he spoke)
     
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    Actually the funny thing about Columbus was that we wasn't trying to discover anything. He was just trying to prove you could sail west to get to Asia and outflank the Ottoman Empire, which is why the Spanish funded him. And later on he decided that it actually had been India after all and he was Totally Right the Whole Time. So he was actually kind of a miserable failure. Amerigo Vespucci was rightly credited by many at the time as the real discover because he had been the one to tell Columbus that it was a new region and to begin mapping it, hence it's naming as "the Americas" after him. Columbus was also a pretty brutal racist slaver even for slavers soooo.
     
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    Just a fun fact, also a quote from from an unknown author.

    "How many of you guys know Romeo and Juliet was actually a parody? A Satire of other plays like it, to be exact? HAH. Think that one over."
     
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    This feels like a misunderstanding that could b cleared up with clearer communication. :supergrin:
     
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    Should be cleared up, if you genuinely care about them.
     
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