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  • #1
    William Shakespeare
    “Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.”
    William Shakespeare


  • #2
    George R.R. Martin
    “We all need to be mocked from time to time, lest we take ourselves too seriously.”
    George R.R. Martin


  • #3
    George R.R. Martin
    “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


  • #4
    William Shakespeare
    “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
    William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well


  • #5
    William Shakespeare
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth


  • #6
    William Shakespeare
    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet


  • #7
    Stephen King
    “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
    Stephen King


  • #8
    Stephen King
    “Get busy living or get busy dying.”
    Stephen King, Different Seasons featuring The Shawshank Redemption


  • #9
    Tanya Huff
    “Violence is never the answer but sometimes, like with cockroaches, it is the only possible response.”
    Tanya Huff


  • #10
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #11
    Bernard M. Baruch
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch


  • #12
    Nancy Holder
    “Passion now begins to wake
    and whom we desire, we will take
    then we'll cut them down to the quick
    love itself the cruelest trick.
    Moved we are by loves sweet song
    though it plays not for long
    we can blow on embers bright
    till passion outtakes the light.”
    Nancy Holder, Legacy


  • #13
    S.E. Hinton
    “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
    S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders


  • #14
    Pete Hautman
    “I don't know and probably never will know enough about the true nature of the universe to tell anyone else what to believe, and I've come to distrust the words of those who have presumed to do so.”
    Pete Hautman


  • #15
    Tad Williams
    “We are none of us promised anything but the last breath we take.”
    Tad Williams


  • #16
    Stuart Hill
    “To a happy war!' laughter echoed with all the insane glee of an army of psychopaths.”
    Stuart Hill, The Cry of the Icemark
    tags: war


  • #17
    Mark Twain
    “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well".

    From: "More Maxims of Mark”
    Mark Twain


  • #18
    Elmore Leonard
    “My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.”
    Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing


  • #19
    Elmore Leonard
    “Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

    1. Never open a book with weather.
    2. Avoid prologues.
    3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
    4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
    5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
    6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
    7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
    8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
    9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
    10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

    My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

    If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
    Elmore Leonard


  • #20
    Elmore Leonard
    “Psychopaths... people who know the differences between right and wrong, but don't give a shit. That's what most of my characters are like.”
    Elmore Leonard


  • #21
    Jim Butcher
    “Me and polite have never been on close terms.”
    Jim Butcher


  • #22
    Jim Butcher
    “When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family. ”
    Jim Butcher


  • #23
    Jim Butcher
    “There are bad things in the world. There's no getting away from that. But that doesn't mean nothing can be done about them. You can't abandon life just because it's scary, and just because sometimes you get hurt. ”
    Jim Butcher, Turn Coat


  • #24
    Norman Spinrad
    “The saddest day of your life isn't when you decide to sell out. The saddest day of your life is when you decide to sell out and nobody wants to buy.”
    Norman Spinrad


  • #25
    Norman Spinrad
    “You can't make a revolutionary omelet without breaking heads.”
    Norman Spinrad, Other Americas


  • #26
    Norman Spinrad
    “You look as if you have bitten into a turd.”
    Norman Spinrad, Other Americas
    tags: humor


  • #27
    George R.R. Martin
    “Writing is like sausage making in my view; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it.”
    George R.R. Martin


  • #28
    George R.R. Martin
    “What is honor compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


  • #29
    George Sand
    “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”
    George Sand
    tags: love


  • #30
    David Foster Wallace
    “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
    David Foster Wallace




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