Saturday, March 27, 2010

Quotation Saturday

Gen.2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
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"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning." ~James Dickey

"A writer lives, at least, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. To transmit that feeling, he writes."
~William Sansom

"However great a man's natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once."
~Jean Jacques Rousseau

"The secret of popular writing is never to put more on a given page than the common reader can lap off it with no strain whatsoever on his habitually slack attention."
~Ezra Pound
 

"You must write every single day of your life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads….may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."
~Ray Bradbury
 

"In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give to your style."
~Sydney Smith

"Use the right word and not its second cousin."
~Mark Twain

"Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write."
~Robert Penn Warren

"I write the first sentence and trust in God for the next."
~Laurence Sterne

4 comments:

Stormcrow said...

Good quotes.

Doreen McGettigan said...

Once again you have managed to inspire me..where do you get all these great quotes?

June said...

I love Mr. Bradbury! (Yes, I know you already know that, Joni, but I just can't help myself.)

"You must write every single day of your life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads….may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."
~Ray Bradbury

Maybe we should start a fashion website for writers and include book-ware??? Hehehe....

I also can't get this one out of my head -- it's stuck there like a familiar tune:

"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning." ~James Dickey

Might have to write a story based on this one!

You're awesome, Joni! Keep these coming. I look forward to these each Saturday.

Take care,
June

joni said...

Everyone loves a good quote! I often try to keep them about writing, but sometimes I veer off the path and just post what inspires me.

I can never give my source away because it is the masters who write these quotes and an artist who finds and appreciates them. :)

I love Bradbury too. :P But this one:
"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning." ~James Dickey

Ahh, that is so me. Except I'm never actually HOPING I'm struck, I'm just enjoying the rain and lightning. :)