Friday, July 13, 2007

Quotes

Over the years I have collected many quotes for myself. I am putting them for the world to read now. I hope the reader will like them.

For writers and editors

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

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. ~Francis Bacon

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron

Writing is a struggle against silence. ~Carlos Fuentes

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff. ~Adlai Stevenson, as quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

Most editors are failed writers - but so are most writers. ~T.S. Eliot

No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. ~Russell Lynes

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. ~Jean Luc Godard

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer's life. ~James Norman Hall

If
by Rudyard Kipling.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster.
And treat those two impostors just the same
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!


My first book was rejected nine times. It turned out to be a best seller, Battle Cry in 1953.
-Leon Uris


Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.
-George Bernard Shaw

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