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  • #1
    Frank Zappa
    “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #2
    Mark Twain
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
    Mark Twain

  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
    Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

  • #4
    Mark Twain
    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”
    Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

  • #5
    Mark Twain
    “A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
    Mark Twain

  • #6
    Mark Twain
    “History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
    Mark Twain

  • #7
    Stephen King
    “To write is human, to edit is divine.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #8
    Stephen King
    “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #9
    Ray Bradbury
    “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

  • #10
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #11
    George Orwell
    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
    George Orwell

  • #12
    George Orwell
    “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
    George Orwell

  • #13
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • #14
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • #15
    Raymond Chandler
    “A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.”
    Raymond Chandler

  • #16
    George Orwell
    “The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.”
    George Orwell

  • #17
    George Orwell
    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
    George Orwell

  • #18
    James    Wood
    “The acquisition of a book signalled not just the potential acquisition of knowledge but also something like the property rights to a piece of ground: the knowledge became a visitable place.”
    James Wood

  • #19
    Norman Mailer
    “I find it’s more fun to write about something that you don’t know completely and that you will discover on route. A dear friend of mine...once said: 'The only time I know anything is when it comes to me at the point of my pen.' So I think that if you start to write about things that you know half well, that you’re fascinated by, that you sense you have an appreciation of that others might not have, but you do have to acquire the knowledge as you go, you discover a great many things at the point of a pen. And it keeps the writing alive in itself in a way.
    (in an interview with Martin Amis, 1991, see YouTube)”
    Norman Mailer

  • #20
    Norman Mailer
    “Writing books is the closest men ever come to child bearing,”
    Norman Mailer

  • #21
    William Strunk Jr.
    “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessay sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”
    William Strunk Jr.

  • #22
    Stendhal
    “God's only excuse is that he does not exist”
    Stendhal
    tags: god

  • #23
    Umberto Eco
    “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.”
    Umberto Eco

  • #24
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #25
    E.M. Forster
    “What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.”
    E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy

  • #26
    E.M. Forster
    “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
    E.M. Forster

  • #27
    John Gardner
    “Nothing can be more limiting to the imagination than only writing about what you know”
    John Gardner

  • #28
    Donald Barthelme
    “Anathematization of the world is not an adequate response to the world.”
    Donald Barthelme

  • #29
    Charles Bukowski
    “Any asshole can chase a skirt, art takes discipline.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #30
    Charles Bukowski
    “what matters most is how well you walk through the fire”
    Charles Bukowski



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