Saturday, January 16, 2010

Quotation Saturday

The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.
~Italo Calvino
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As a writer I'm merely a journalist who has learned to write better than others.
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.”
~Italo Calvino

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
~Robert A. Heinlein

There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. the only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick.
~Robert A. Heinlein

Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible. A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.
~Orson Scott Card

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
~Ernest Hemingway

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
~Thomas Jefferson

As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?
~Stephen King

2 comments:

Stormcrow said...

Don't write what you know. Write what you feel, and the world will feel with you. --Anonymous

joni said...

I think I wrote that Stormcrow! Hmm...

"I like a quiet life, you know me." from the Harry Potter series.