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  • #1
    Sheri S. Tepper
    “[T]he scripture worshippers put the writings ahead of God. Instead of interpreting God's actions in nature, for example, they interpret nature in the light of the Scripture. Nature says the rock is billions of years old, but the book says different, so even though men wrote the book, and God made the rock and God gave us minds that have found ways to tell how old it is, we still choose to believe the Scripture.”
    Sheri S. Tepper, The Fresco


  • #2
    Hendrik Willem van Loon
    “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance.”
    Hendrik Willem van Loon


  • #3
    Aldous Huxley
    “The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #4
    Jodi Picoult
    “Sometimes we find ourselves walking through life blindfolded, and we try to deny that we're the ones who securely tied the knot.”
    Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts


  • #5
    Aleister Crowley
    “The sin which is unpardonable is knowingly and wilfully to reject truth, to fear knowledge lest that knowledge pander not to thy prejudices.”
    Aleister Crowley, Magick: Liber ABA: Book 4


  • #6
    John Steinbeck
    “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden


  • #7
    Isaac Asimov
    “To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #8
    Richard Dawkins
    “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
    Richard Dawkins


  • #9
    Arthur Plotnik
    “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”
    Arthur Plotnik


  • #10
    Ayn Rand
    “People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


  • #11
    Adlai E. Stevenson II
    “I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them”
    Adlai E. Stevenson II


  • #12
    Dr. Seuss
    “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
    Dr. Seuss


  • #13
    Peter De Vries
    “Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.”
    Peter De Vries, Reuben, Reuben


  • #14
    Mark Twain
    “How often we recall with regret that Napoleon once shot at a magazine editor and missed him and killed a publisher. But we remember with charity that his intentions were good.”
    Mark Twain


  • #15
    Neil Gaiman
    “I wanted to put a reference to masturbation in one of the scripts for the Sandman. It was immediately cut by the editor [Karen Berger]. She told me, "There's no masturbation in the DC Universe." To which my reaction was, "Well, that explains a lot about the DC Universe.”
    Neil Gaiman


  • #16
    Fierce Dolan
    “An editor asked me what led me to write erotica. I replied, "A dirty mind, excess words, and an overactive sacral chakra.”
    Fierce Dolan


  • #17
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right address.”
    Barbara Kingsolver


  • #18
    S. Kelley Harrell
    “A good editor doesn't rewrite words, she rewires synapses.”
    S. Kelley Harrell


  • #19
    John Steinbeck
    “If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.”
    John Steinbeck


  • #20
    Dave Barry
    “Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true!”
    Dave Barry


  • #21
    Winston S. Churchill
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
    Winston S. Churchill


  • #22
    Mark Twain
    “Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.”
    Mark Twain
    tags: cats


  • #23
    Frank Herbert
    “When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.”
    Frank Herbert


  • #24
    Hermann Hesse
    “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”
    Hermann Hesse


  • #25
    Dr. Seuss
    “Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don't always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive.... Virtually every page is a cliffhanger--you've got to force them to turn it."~”
    Dr. Seuss


  • #26
    Maureen Johnson
    “Writing is one of the few careers for which you essentially train yourself, the other two major ones being juggling and pickpocketing.”
    Maureen Johnson


  • #27
    Anne Lamott
    “E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #28
    Blaise Pascal
    “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter."

    (Letter 16, 1657)”
    Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters




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