Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Inspiration... some of my favourite quotes

"a writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper" - e.b. white

"writing is long periods of thinking and short periods of writing" - ernest hemingway

"you have to write a lot of bad words before you can write some good ones" - holly black

"we all know that writing comes out of a man or a woman sitting alone in a room with the telephone off the hook, a cup of coffee and in the good old days, a cigarette" - doris lessing

"never abandon imagination" - tony diterlizzi

"i believe that writers should write about what they don't know, not about what they do know... which stops them discovering the incredible joys of invention" - peter carey

"flattery is just as dangerous or destructive as criticism" - heath ledger

"it is better to deserve honours and not have them than to have them and not deserve them" - mark twain

"a cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience" - naomi wolf

"we do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better" - j.k. rowling

"you must write for children, as you write for adults, only better" - maxim gorky

"The drudgery of being a professional writer comes in trying to make good days out of bad days and in squeezing out the words when they won't just flow" - benjamin cavell

"everything will be okay in the end. if it's not okay, it's not the end" ~ anon

"you don't have to make something that people call art. Living is an artistic activity, there is an art to getting through the day" - viggo mortensen

"every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up" - pablo picasso

"good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child" - anonymous

"i'll have 10 grams of rice, 1/10 of a hectagram od shrimp vindaloo, a decagram od chada aloo masala, 1000 centigrams of tandoori salmon, 4 samosas the surface area of 19 cubic centimeters, 5 decileters of mango lassi, and a sada rava dosai that is exactly 10 centimeters long" - mrs bass in the penultimate peril by lemony snicket

"the world will look up and shout 'save us' and I'll whisper... no" - rorschach, watchmen

"it is impossible to discourage the real writers, they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write" - sinclair lewis

"there is no one way to make it as a writer and the only thing that successful writers have in common is that they always persevere" - dawn copeman

"only after the last tree has been cut down… the last river has been poisoned… the last fish caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten" - indian cree prophecy

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