Quotation #2 – June 27, 2017

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.

If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a 
great deal of repetition can by avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”


Quotation – June 26, 2017

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

Mark Twain


Quotation – June 24, 2017

We, and I think I’m speaking for many writers, don’t know what it is that sometimes comes to make our books alive. All we can do is to write dutifully and day after day, every day, giving our work the very best of what we are capable. I don’t think that we can consciously put the magic in; it doesn’t work that way. When the magic comes, it’s a gift.

Madeleine L’Engle



Quotation – June 21, 2017

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.

Albert Einstein


Quotation – June 14, 2017

One of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball.

Don Carter

Apple blossoms

Quotation – June 13, 2017

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury

Quotation – June 11, 2017

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax.

Alfred Kazin

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