And it seems people should not build houses anymore

And it seems people should not build houses anymore; it seems people should stop working and sit in small rooms on second floors under electric lights without shades; it seems there is a lot to forget and a lot not to do and in drugstores, markets, bars, the people are tired, they do not want to move, and I stand there at night and look through this house and the house does not want to be built.

Charles Bukowski

PG hasn’t ever read a book by Charles Bukowski and doesn’t think he would necessarily enjoy the experience, but he does enjoy excerpts that include the unique voice of some of Bukowski’s characters and the gritty sense of down and out they convey.

Perhaps it’s time for PG to put up some more Raymond Chandler quotes. He doesn’t have quite the same voice Bukowski does, but they both understand life on mean streets.

I don’t like the clean-shaven boy

I don’t like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions.

Charles Bukowski

Losing

Losing feels worse than winning feels good.

Vin Scully

Every saint

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Oscar Wilde

Certainty

Certainty is based on flimsier evidence than most of us realize.

Ellen J. Langer

For years, the Pacific had been trying to get basic assistance in the synthetics field

For years, the Pacific had been trying to get basic assistance in the synthetics field from the Reich. However, the big German chemical cartels, I. G. Farben in particular, had harbored their patents; had, in fact, created a world monopoly in plastics, especially in the developments of the polyesters. By this means, Reich trade had kept an edge over Pacific trade, and in technology the Reich was at least ten years ahead. The interplanetary rockets leaving Festung Europa consisted mainly of heat-resistant plastics, very light in weight, so hard they survived even major meteor impact. The Pacific had nothing of this sort; natural fibers such as wood were still used, and of course the ubiquitous pot metals.

Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

I’m learning to cope

I’m learning to cope and not deny my own success, but I still think it’s not happening a lot. I get nervous, and I am capable of doing something to blow it on purpose. A lot of actors have that problem.

John Belushi

I am going to be curious

I am going to be curious to see how much difference not using [my Facebook page] makes in sales, because if it doesn’t make that much, being scared of losing sales is the main reason writers stay there.

Larry Correia

Cover Art

Aspiring authors, get this through your head. Cover art serves one purpose, and one purpose only, to get potential customers interested long enough to pick up the book to read the back cover blurb. In the internet age that means the thumb nail image needs to be interesting enough to click on. That’s what covers are for.

Larry Correia

I won’t say another word

I won’t say another word — not one. I know I talk too much, but I am really trying to overcome it, and although I say far too much, yet if you only knew how much I want to say and don’t, you’d give me some credit for it

L.M. Montgomery

Talking

Talking is fantastically overrated. Too many people do too much of it. It stuns the hell out of me how so many people like to talk. Sharkey, for example. If talking is so good for you, what the hell is Sharkey doing here? The guy tears me up. Talking does not heal you. Talking just adds to the noise pollution in the world. If we were really serious about going green, then maybe we’d all just be quiet.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Tis the times

Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind.

William Shakespeare

A government of, by, and for the people

A government of, by, and for the people requires that people talk to people, that we can agree to disagree but do so in civility. If we let the politicians and those who report dictate our discourse, then our course will be dictated.

Donna Brazile

Fourth-quarter Comebacks

You hear about how many fourth-quarter comebacks that a guy has, and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.

Peyton Manning

That’s all we have

That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.
— Raymond Carver

We all have triggers

I’m an actor who believes we all have triggers to any stage of emotion. It’s not always easy to find but it’s still there.

Hugh Jackman

Under the law, I can only conclude

However, this court is constrained by law, and under the law, I can only conclude that the Government has not violated FOIA by refusing to turn over the documents sought in the FOIA requests, and so cannot be compelled by this court of law to explain in detail the reasons why its actions do not violate the Constitution and the laws of the United States. The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this pronouncement is not lost on me; but after careful and extensive consideration, I find myself stuck in a paradoxical situation in which I cannot solve a problem because of contradictory constraints and rules—a veritable Catch-22. I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the Executive Branch of our Government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret.

U.S. District Judge Hon. Colleen McMahon

Rather like “Orwellian”

Rather like “Orwellian”, the term “Kafkaesque” has come to be used, often enough by those who have not read a word of Kafka, to describe what are perceived as typically or even uniquely modern traumas: existential alienation, isolation and insecurity, the labyrinth of state bureaucracy, the corrupt or whimsical abuse of totalitarian power, the impenetrable tangle of legal systems, the knock on the door in the middle of the night….

John R. Williams

I want to set the record straight

“I want to set the record straight.”

“The record’s never straight, you idiot! Haven’t you ever read 1984? They rewrite the record anytime it doesn’t suit them. You’re spinning your wheels and exposing your bare fanny for nothing.”

David Eddings, The Losers

Some aspects of writing

I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can’t teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.

Toni Morrison

Be ruthless about protecting writing days

Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have ‘essential’ and ‘long overdue’ meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance.

J.K. Rowling

When Shakespeare was writing

When Shakespeare was writing, he wasn’t writing for stuff to lie on the page; it was supposed to get up and move around.

Ken Kesey

Publishing is a business

Publishing is a business. Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done, comes down to dollars.

Nicholas Sparks

I am a believer in regular work

I am a believer in regular work, and never wait for an inspiration. Temperamentally, I am not only careless and irregular, but melancholy; still I have fought both down. The discipline I had as a sailor had a full effect on me. Perhaps my old sea days are also responsible for the regularity and limitations of my life. Five and a half hours [of sleep] is the precise average I allow myself, and no circumstance has yet arisen in my life that can keep me awake when the time comes to ‘turn in.’

Jack London

I am firm

I am firm. I may sometimes appear impatient at nothing at all, and all that; but this everybody who has had a chance to know me well have noticed: things come my way even though they take years; No one sways me, save in little things of the moment; I am not stubborn but I swing to my purpose as steadily as the needle to the pole; delay, evade, oppose, secretly or openly, it’s all immaterial, the thing comes my way.

Jack London

Motivation

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

Getting out of the hospital

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it.

Erma Bombeck

Honesty

Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you’re in.

Richard Jeni​​

My friends

My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.

Garry Shandling

In the end

In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.

Robert Brault

Treasure

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

My mother

My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, “just wait.”

Judy Tenuta

The Last Minute

If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.

Rita Mae Brown

I’m not offended

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.

Dolly Parton

The way I see it

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton

The cleverest of all

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

How like a winter

How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
And yet this time remov’d was summer’s time,
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burthen of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seem’d to me
But hope of orphans and unfather’d fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And thou away, the very birds are mute;
Or if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.

William Shakespeare, Sonnet #97

Glen had a disability

Glen had a disability more disfiguring than a burn and more terrifying than cancer. Glen had been born on the day after Christmas. “My parents just combine my birthday with Christmas, that’s all,” he explained. But we knew this was a lie. Glen’s parents just wrapped a couple of his Christmas presents in birthday-themed wrapping paper, stuck some candles in a supermarket cake, and had a dinner of Christmas leftovers.

Augusten Burroughs

Here’s one of the things I learned that morning

Here’s one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning. It’s like that old riddle about a tree falling in a forest, and whether it makes a sound if there’s no one around to hear it.

You keep drawing a line farther and farther away, crossing it every time. That’s how people end up stepping off the edge of the earth. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to bust out of orbit, to spin out to a place where no one can touch you. To lose yourself–to get lost.

Or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe some of you already know.

To those people, I can only say: I’m sorry.

Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

My humanity

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Desmond Tutu

It is inaccurate to say

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken