The Great Writers' Quote Thread

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  1. Rad Scribbler

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    This quote is from Jeffery Archer's book, A Prisoner of Birth. The main character is Danny Cartwright and these were the words of advice he gave to an attorney who wanted to invest some money in a project;

    “I never advise friends to put money in anything, said Danny. 'It's a no-win situation - if they make a profit they forget that it was you who recommended it, and if they make a loss they never stop reminding you. My only advice would be not to gamble what you can't afford, and never to risk an amount that might cause you to lose a night's sleep.”

    Good advice!
     
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    And that was the reason for the success of so many of Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" episodes and Roddenberry's early "Star Trek" stories. By setting the stories in some future alien world, they could illustrate the ills of our current society, with its racism, xenophobia, and intolerance. They said it was their intention to do so, in so many words.
     
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    I met a racist once back in Maryland (1970). I tried a plea for fairness but got nowhere.
    I recently reread Anne Frank because I was writing in first and I like this quote......“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” Anne Frank
     
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    "Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."
    Fernando Pessoa
     
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    This is a quote from Wilbur Smith's book titled; Rage.

    'It is a strange paradox that a man gifted with too many talents can fritter them all away without developing a single one to its full'.
     
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    "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own."

    --Jonathan Swift
     
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    “So you want to be a writer

    if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
    in spite of everything,
    don’t do it.

    unless it comes unasked out of your
    heart and your mind and your mouth
    and your gut,
    don’t do it.

    if you have to sit for hours
    staring at your computer screen
    or hunched over your
    typewriter
    searching for words,
    don’t do it.

    if you’re doing it for money or
    fame,
    don’t do it.

    if you’re doing it because you want
    women in your bed,
    don’t do it.

    if you have to sit there and
    rewrite it again and again,
    don’t do it.

    if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
    don’t do it.

    if you’re trying to write like somebody
    else,
    forget about it.

    if you have to wait for it to roar out of
    you,
    then wait patiently.
    if it never does roar out of you,
    do something else.

    if you first have to read it to your wife
    or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
    or your parents or to anybody at all,
    you’re not ready.

    don’t be like so many writers,
    don’t be like so many thousands of
    people who call themselves writers,
    don’t be dull and boring and
    pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
    love.
    the libraries of the world have
    yawned themselves to
    sleep
    over your kind.
    don’t add to that.
    don’t do it.

    unless it comes out of
    your soul like a rocket,
    unless being still would
    drive you to madness or
    suicide or murder,
    don’t do it.

    unless the sun inside you is
    burning your gut,
    don’t do it.

    when it is truly time,
    and if you have been chosen,
    it will do it by
    itself and it will keep on doing it
    until you die or it dies in you.

    there is no other way.

    and there never was.”

    ― Charles Bukowski
     
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    Jeffrey Archer: The Sins of the Father

    "You see, the problem with being a bully is that on the flipside of that particular coin, you’ll find the imprint of a coward."
     
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    Would it be ok if I copy and paste these quotes to my word document?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    - Gore Vidal
     
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    It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
    ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
     
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    I don't know if this is the best thread for it, but I wanted to share one of my favorite poems.

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    As Kingfishers Catch Fire - Gerard Manley Hopkins

    As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
    As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
    Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
    Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
    Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
    Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
    Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
    Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

    I say móre: the just man justices;
    Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
    Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is—
    Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
    Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
    To the Father through the features of men's faces.
     
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    Well then I'm not going to do it.

    I always found this romantic but come on, we have to work when not in the mood as well.

    I tend to agree more with the 99% perspiration quote to be honest, which is a bit like the antithesis to the message of this poem.
     
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    Is it? Isn't that pretty normal and common?
     
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    Foxxx The Debonair Contributor

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    Bukowski's message resonates with me; if I try to force myself, I come to dislike writing and don't write at all, which is not to my benefit. Of course, I can make myself do editing or revising whenever, which is nice! I have to feel inspired and motivated to create anything though.

    I force myself to do enough things in my daily life as it is, so I just want to enjoy the voluntary creative process. But everybody's different. One can find great writers quotes here in this thread taking either side of the matter. That's one of the reasons why I follow this thread. :)
     
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    I'm not against mad flashes of inspiration of course but often they come after and as a direct result of the tedious spade work.
     
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    “I was going through the hardest thing, also the greatest thing, for any human being to do; to accept that which is already within you, and around you.”

    “If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.”

    “People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.”

    ― Malcolm X

    (There's a quote about his opinion on existential novels in Haley's autobiography that I want to find...)
     
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    There may be sparks galore, but if there is no tinder already there, there is no fire.
     
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    “We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.
    And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.
    But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”

    ― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


     
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    • “He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” — Michel De Montaigne.
     
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    Per your signature, are you watching the Netflix series 'The Queen's Gambit'?
     
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    Thaks very much for your reply. Will watch it soon, God willing.
     

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