Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quotes. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Robertson Davies

"Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command.”

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Stanislaw Lem

 "The question of genres is simply unimportant for me, and very often I turn to different modes of writing. I want to write about things that interest me and in ways that interest me. One could simply say that I attempt certain mental experiments and try to create certain situational models." 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Frank Loesser


"I don’t write slowly, it’s just that I throw out fast."

                     –Frank Loesser

Monday, April 19, 2021

Susanna Clarke

"C. S. Lewis said that all of the Narnia books began with the image of a faun in a snowy wood, carrying parcels. Or I might start with a character about which I know very little, just one or two things (for instance that, as a child, he got lost in some Roman ruins). The important thing is that the idea, whatever it is, has roots, that it goes deep down into the imagination, into the unconscious. Because if it has roots, then it will, with a bit of watering and careful pruning, grow into something quite interesting."

–Susanna Clarke

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Raymond Chandler


"The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off."

                                                           –Raymond Chandler

Friday, April 09, 2021

Sidney Lumet

"Except in two cases, every writer I've worked with has wanted to work with me again. I think one of the reasons is that I love dialogue. Dialogue is not uncinematic. So many of the movies of the thirties and forties that we adore are constant streams of dialogue.

Of course we remember Jimmy Cagney squashing a grapefruit into Mae Clark's face. But does that evoke more affectionate memory than "Here's looking at you, kid"?

          –Sidney Lumet


Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Agatha Christie


“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well.”

                                     ― Agatha Christie

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Calvin Trillin


“A new regulation for the publishing industry: 

The advance for a book must be larger than the check for the lunch at which it was discussed.”

           -- Calvin Trillin

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Roger Angell

 “Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young. Sitting in the stands, we sense this, if only dimly. The players below us—Mays, DiMaggio, Ruth, Snodgrass—swim and blur in memory, the ball floats over to Terry Turner, and the end of this game may never come.”

― Roger Angell

Monday, March 29, 2021

Stephen Dobyns


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“Hesitancy is the surest destroyer of talent. One cannot be timorous and reticent, one must be original and loud. New metaphors, new rhythms, new expressions of emotion can only spring from unhindered gall. Nothing should interfere with that intuition--not the fear of appearing stupid, nor of offending somebody, nor jeopardizing publication, nor being trivial. The intuition must be as unhindered as a karate chop.”

― Stephen Dobyns

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Dr. Seuss


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My great-great-nephew Atticus's first book was, of course, an autographed copy of my own novel. I would not be surprised if his taste leans toward Dr. Seuss at this point. He is, after all, barely five days old. But can you ever be too young for Sherlock Holmes?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Dylan Thomas


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"Every device there is in language is there to be used, if you will. Poets have got to enjoy themselves sometimes, and the twistings and convolutions of words, the inventions and contrivances, are all part of the joy that is part of the painful, voluntary work." 

                       --Dylan Thomas

Friday, March 26, 2021

Richard Brautigan


I will be very careful the next time I fall in love, she told herself. Also, she had made a promise to herself that she intended on keeping. She was never going to go out with another writer: no matter how charming, sensitive, inventive or fun they could be. They weren't worth it in the long run. They were emotionally too expensive and the upkeep was complicated. They were like having a vacuum cleaner around the house that broke all the time and only Einstein could fix it. She wanted her next lover to be a broom.”

― Richard Brautigan, Sombrero Fallout

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Robert Graves

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The Devil’s Advice to Storytellers 

 Lest men suspect your tale to be untrue, 
Keep probability – some say – in view. 
But my advice to story-tellers is: 
Weigh out no gross of probabilities, 
Nor yet make diligent transcriptions of 
Known instances of virtue, crime or love. 
To forge a picture that will pass for true, 
Do conscientiously what liars do – 
Born liars, not the lesser sort that raid 
The mouths of others for their stock-in-trade: 
Assemble, first, all casual bits and scraps 
That may shake down into a world perhaps; 
People this world, by chance created so, 
With random persons whom you do not know – 
The teashop sort, or travellers in a train 
Seen once, guessed idly at, not seen again; 
Let the erratic course they steer surprise 
Their own and your own and your readers’ eyes; 
Sigh then, or frown, but leave (as in despair) 
Motive and end and moral in the air; 
Nice contradiction between fact and fact 
Will make the whole read human and exact. 
                                      —Robert Graves

Monday, March 22, 2021


Happy 85th birthday, Stephen Sondheim!

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"The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you'll do yourself a service."

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Eudora Welty

 “Characters take on life sometimes by luck, but I suspect it is when you can write more entirely out of yourself, inside the skin, heart, mind, and soul of a person who is not yourself, that a character becomes in his own right another human being on the page.”

                –Eudora Welty

Saturday, March 20, 2021

"The Crudest Ideas"

 "Sherlock Holmes had, in a very remarkable degree, the power of detaching his mind at will. For two hours the strange business in which we had been involved appeared to be forgotten, and he was entirely absorbed in the pictures of the modern Belgian masters. He would talk of nothing but art, of which he had the crudest ideas, from our leaving the gallery until we found ourselves at the Northumberland Hotel."

                                            -- The Hound of the Baskervilles

Jan Verhas

Jan Verhas  (9 January 1834 – 31 October 1896) was a Belgian painter of the Realist school. He wasknown for his portraits and genre paintings often depicting children of the Belgian bourgeoisie.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Arthur Phillips


"Fiction is able to do one thing better than any other art form: it is able to convey a convincing sense of what is going on in someone else's head. To me, th
at is the great mystery of life: what is everyone else thinking?"-- Arthur Phillips