Don’t stunt your growth by fighting the inevitable.Sanjo Jendayi
Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.Terry Pratchett
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.Terry Pratchett
I don’t want to say too many words about the magic of the Cube, because it’s basically a mystery. It’s like the Mona Lisa smile. It’s both complex and very simple at the same time. And, well, people like it. Even today.Erno Rubik
Of course, minute as its impact may be in our physical universe, the fact of quantum entanglement is this: If one logically inexplicable thing is known to exist, then this permits the existence of all logically inexplicable things. A thing may be of deeper impossibility than another, in the sense that you can be more deeply underwater–but whether you are five feet or five fathoms from the surface you are still all wet.Brian McGreevy
I often hear people say that they read to escape reality, but I believe that what they’re really doing is reading to find reason for hope, to find strength. While a bad book leaves readers with a sense of hopelessness and despair, a good novel, through stories of values realized, of wrongs righted, can bring to readers a connection to the wonder of life. A good novel shows how life can and ought to be lived. It not only entertains but energizes and uplifts readers.Terry Goodkind
Escape from reality. In some instances, dissociation induces people to imagine that they have some kind of mastery over intractable environmental difficulties. Dissociation is often implicated in magical thinking or self-induced trance states. This aspect of dissociation is frequently found in abuse survivors. It is not uncommon for abused children to engage in magical thinking to retain an illusion of control over the situation (e.g., believing that they “cause” the perpetrator to act out).Marlene Steinberg
In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year and we saw the troops marching along the road and the dust rising and leaves, stirred by the breeze, falling and the soldiers marching and afterward the road bare and white except for the leaves.Ernest Hemingway, first line from A Farewell to Arms
Fact and fiction carry the same intrinsic weight in the marketplace of ideas. Fortunately, reality has no advertising budget.Daniel Suarez
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.Robert Frost
Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, saying you’re moral is not the same as acting morally.Alan Dershowitz
Since the first 36 pages are mostly just about the author and his process of translating the classic, we’ll skip right to page 39.First line from The Princess Bride
Any time four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.Johnny Carson
Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day.
A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than at any other time, before or since. Every thing in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there. Strangers were stared out of countenance by staring white houses, staring white walls, staring white streets, staring tracts of arid road, staring hills from which verdure was burnt away. The only things to be seen not fixedly staring and glaring were the vines drooping under their loads of grapes. These did occasionally wink a little, as the hot air barely moved their faint leaves.Opening lines from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
We must be careful to make a distinction between the intellectual and the person of intellectual achievement. They two are very, very different animals. There are people of intellectual achievement who increase the sum of human knowledge, the powers of human insight, and analysis. And then there are the intellectuals. An intellectual is a person knowledgeable in one field who speaks out only in others.Tom Wolfe
Who will consider that no dictionary of a living tongue ever can be perfect, since, while it is hastening to publication, some words are budding, and some falling away; that a whole life cannot be spent upon syntax and etymology, and that even a whole life would not be sufficient; that he, whose design includes whatever language can express, must often speak of what he does not understand.Samuel Johnson
I don’t believe any of you have ever read Paradise Lost, and you don’t want to. That’s something that you just want to take on trust. It’s a classic … something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.Mark Twain
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.Douglas Adams, first line from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.H. G. Wells, first lines of The War of the Worlds
That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.F. Scott Fitzgerald
There’s no way round it, I’m finding it very hard to be a widow, I told Grief, the counsellor woman, that Tuesday morning.Malarky by Anakana Schofield
Separately, suddenly, Clive and Viv remember the smell of pine trees.Love and the Mess We’re In by Stephen Marche
Air this thin turns anyone into a mystic.Every Lost Country by Steven Heighton
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he – he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yeah. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.’
Uh, no let me start this over.
He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles…’.
Ah, corny, too corny for my taste. Can we … can we try and make it more profound?
He adored New York City. For him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in…’
No, that’s going to be too preachy. I mean, you know, let’s face it, I want to sell some books here.
He adored New York City, although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage…’
Too angry, I don’t want to be angry.
He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.’
I love this.
‘New York was his town, and it always would be.”Woody Allen
The self-addressed stamped envelope. The representation of everything that was wrong with the old publishing industry.Alexei Maxim Russell
“If it wasn’t for the mist we could see your home across the bay,” said Gatsby. “You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.”
Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
From Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris:
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” — Somerset Maugham
“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.” — Truman Capote
“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” — Doris Lessing
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“A bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn’t allow it to spoil your lunch.”— Kingsley Amis
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“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” — Ray Bradbury
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“The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.” — E. M. Forster
Link to the rest at Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.Nolan Ryan
Education is not confined to books, and the finest characters often graduate from no college, but make experience their master, and life their book. [Some care] only for the mental culture, and [are] in danger of over-studying, under the delusion . . . that learning must be had at all costs, forgetting that health and real wisdom are better.Louisa May Alcott
The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
90 percent of design is typography. And the other 90 percent is whitespace.Jeffrey Zeldman
We are the representatives of the cosmos; we are an example of what hydrogen atoms can do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution.Carl Sagan
I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.Anne Lamott
The more social media we have, the more we think we’re connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.JR
The reality is regulation often lags behind innovation.Bill Maris
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.John C. Maxwell
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.George Eliot
A villain must be a thing of power, handled with delicacy and grace. He must be wicked enough to excite our aversion, strong enough to arouse our fear, human enough to awaken some transient gleam of sympathy. We must triumph in his downfall, yet not barbarously nor with contempt, and the close of his career must be in harmony with all its previous development.Agnes Repplier
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.Dave Barry
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being in love, which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.Don Marquis
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.Harvey Mackay
Burnout is grist to the mill. I write every day, for most of the day, so it’s just about turning into metaphor whatever’s going on in my life, in the world, and in my head. Every nightmare, every moment of grief or joy or failure, is a moment I can convert into cash via words.Grant Morrison
We are such stuffWilliam Shakespeare, The Tempest
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’Mark Twain
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.Albert Einstein
And therefore education at the University mostly worked by the age-old method of putting a lot of young people in the vicinity of a lot of books and hoping that something would pass from one to the other, while the actual young people put themselves in the vicinity of inns and taverns for exactly the same reason.Terry Pratchett
Narcissism falls along the axis of what psychologists call personality disorders . . . but by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst, if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless.Jeffrey Kluger
When people are driving themselves crazy, they have neuroses or psychoses. When they drive other people crazy, they have personality disorders.Albert J. Bernstein
Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. . . .They justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.T.S. Elliott
The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence—it is to act with yesterday’s logic.Peter Drucker
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.Vince Lombardi
For those living outside of the United States who are unfamiliar with Vince Lombardi, he was the very successful coach of The Green Bay Packers, a professional American Football team.
Unlike all other American professional football teams, which have their headquarters in large cities, the Packers are headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which has a population of a little over 100,000 shivering souls.
Green Bay typically has twenty-one days with high temperatures failing to rise above freezing during a typical November and December, which is the latter part of football season.
Green Bay is also on the shores of northern Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan generates lots of strong cold winds during November-December, the latter part of football season.
These days, professional sports franchises typically play in large domed stadiums where the temperature is always the same as it is inside the homes of the spectators. Green Bay is different. The Packers play in Lambeau Field, an open-topped stadium that holds over 80,000 Packers fans.
The coldest day for a football game in Green Bay was the “Ice Bowl,” a game played between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers in 1967. It was a crisp -13 degrees Fahrenheit, while the wind chill made it feel like -48 degrees.
A photo of Packers fans taken during The Ice Bowl
And the team name, The Packers?
In 1919, one of the original founders of the club, Curly Lambeau, a shipping clerk at The Indian Packing Company, a meat packer located in Green Bay, asked the owner of the company to donate money for the jerseys for a football club he was organizing and for permission to practice on the company’s athletic field.
The owner of the packing company agreed to both requests and The Packers were born.