The Great Writers' Quote Thread

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  1. GingerCoffee

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    Anyone notice @andrew smith liked every post in this thread, and in a few other threads? Do they have bots that do that in forums?
     
  2. matwoolf

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    He has a business to promote, it's a website, gives awards to 'only' unpublished writers. Good luck to him, or, I dunno?
     
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    I figured he's trying to drive people to his web site. But I tried PMing him and there was no reply. It seems like it's a new kind of bot or something. I just wondered if anyone knew of software that would do that. I have reported him.
     
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    This andrew smith seems to be a new member (joined Feb 11) with 0 posts. And he's been viewing (and liking) threads/posts from 2008... That's got to be some kind of bot, though it doesn't seem like a particularly smart approach to get people to view a website...
     
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    He's just spreading some love around. Ain't no harm in that.
     
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    “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
     
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    It's spamming.
    [/off topic]
     
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    @GingerCoffee - That would explain why I got 17 likes from posts I've made months/years ago from that guy.

    On-Topic: It's not really from a writer, it's more from a character in a movie. To paraphrase: "Hey, here's a bright idea: have a point! It makes things much more interesting to the listener!"

    Blunt and harsh, yeah, but I just couldn't help but think of stories when he said it.
     
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    Yeah, me too. Got lots of 'likes' ...weird.
     
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    I'll take those bot 'likes' all day long. Still won't visit his website, mind. ;)
     
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    But they are meaningless likes.
     
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    It's an Internet forum. All 'likes' are meaningless in the grand scheme of things.
    It was supposed to be mildly humorous. I forgot it was this forum I was on for a moment though. You're right, they are meaningless likes.
    As you were.
     
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    All likes are meaningless.

    outsider beat me to it.
     
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    I just liked your post. Oh, the irony!
     
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    Saadi (an olden Iranian poet ' about 700 years ago' that his famous poem about humanity is on the portal of UN building ) went to a trip and when he was coming back, he wrote this poem :

    I embarrassed to come back to friends with bare hands
    and don't bring them some gifts from those gardens
    I told myself that bring them some sugar from Egypt.
    If my hand is bare from sugar ( I didn't find sugar)
    There will be some writings sweeter than sugar
    Not the sugar that people eat apparently
    But the sugar that meaningful writers bring on paper
     
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    "A workshop is a way of renting an audience and making sure you're communicating what you think you're communicating. It's so easy as a young writer to think you're being clear when in fact you haven't."

    ~ Octavia Butler


    And if you're feeling frustrated:

    "No... A novel is a long business. I'm a slow writer. Even when I'm doing very well I write slowly."

    ~ Octavia Butler
     
  18. outsider

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    A misquote surely? It should be 'it's so easy as a young writer to think you've been very clever. . .' or '. . . you're being very clever. . .'
     
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    Oh, that's appalling. :( I see what you mean. A shamingly common error in the American vernacular. :meh:

    ETA: Fixed by removing the screen caps and just typing it. ;)
     
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    "you're being clear when you haven't"?

    You haven't what? You haven't being clear?

    :p
     
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    “I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off."

    “To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much.”

    George R. R. Martin
     
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    Poor @Wreybies... ;)
     
  23. theoriginalmonsterman

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    Well I have 3,000 likes on another forums I chat on ;-; they must mean something. Right?
     
  24. outsider

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    I'm sorry to break it to you, but no, they don't. Meaningful relationships in life mean something; some guy, virtually high five-ing you on the geekosphere does, in actuality, mean the square root of fuck all.
     
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    The square root of fuck all? Pretty sure I haven't gone over this one in math class yet :p
     
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