Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mightier Than the Sword

 "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
-- Toni Morrison

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
-- Anton Chekhov

"Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind."
-- Catherine Drinker Bowen

"Writing is a struggle against silence."
-- Carlos Fuentes

"I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all."
-- Richard Wright

"True Ease in Writing comes from Art, not Chance,
As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance."
-- Alexander Pope

"Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors."
-- Rhys Alexander

"Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie."
-- Stephen King

"Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned."
-- Oscar Wilde

"Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it's the readers who build that world in their own minds."
-- Ursula Le Guin

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader."
-- Robert Frost

"The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories."
-- Carl Jung 

"Sharing our stories can also be a means of healing. Grief and loss may isolate us, and anger may alienate us. Shared with others, these emotions can be powerfully uniting, as we see that we are not alone, and realize that others weep with us."
-- Susan Wittig Albert

"I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all."
-- E. B. White

"I did not believe political directives could be successfully applied to creative writing . . . not to poetry or fiction, which to be valid had to express as truthfully as possible the individual emotions and reactions of the writer."
-- Langston Hughes

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
-- Scott Adams

"All writing is a process of elimination."
-- Martha Albrand

"There is no great writing, only great rewriting."
-- Justice Brandeis

"By writing much, one learns to write well."
-- Robert Southey

"Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor."
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr.


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