Archive for February, 2007

Hart on mastery

Mastery is not some closely guarded mystery, but the step-by-step conquest of craft.–Jack Hart

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Asimov on getting the most out of life

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.–Isaac Asimov

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Gracian on good writing

Good things, when short, are twice as good.–Gracian

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Elizabeth Drew on literature

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.–Elizabeth Drew

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Thoreau on rules

Any fool can make a rule. And every fool will mind it.–Henry David Thoreau

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Wilson on simplicity in writing

The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is.–August Wilson

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Mencken on writers

There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.–H.L. Mencken

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Welty on the use of language

The mystery lies in the use of language to express human life.–Eudora Welty

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