My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talk about writing or themselves.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'. Otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
~C. S. Lewis
~C. S. Lewis
Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
~Robert Anton Wilson
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world."
~ Immanuel Kant
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
~ Winston ChurchillNever bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.