‘Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you.’
“Journalism was the second profession; journalists were telling everyone about that first prostitute.”
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)
Quality writing, accompanied with insight, marks a human being with a past, a present and a future. It cries “I am experience.”
Ryan Stephenson: One of God’s challenges to us is to see past the surface.
[picks up a book and tears up the dust cover]
“Miss: A title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market. Miss, Misses (Mrs.) and Mister (Mr.) are the three most distinctly disagreeable words in the language, in sound and sense. Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. If we must have them, let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man. I venture to suggest Mush, abbreviated to MH.”
– Ambrose Bierce
“Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?”
~ Lillian Hellman
“A female patient asked me if I thought it was abnormal that her husband lays the BlackBerry on the bed when they make love,” reported Dr. Hallowell. “I thought the fact she even asked me was more extreme than what he did.”
– Hal Crowther’s One Hundred Fears of Solitude
“When you are dining with a demon, you got to have a long spoon.” – Navjot Singh Sidhu
“The only winner of the war of 1812 was Tchaikovsky”
~ Eric Nicol