Real Work – Writing Quotes

Writing Quotes

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any.
– Russell Baker

Writing Quotes

Technique in Art

My feeling about technique in art is that it has the same value as technique in lovemaking. That is to say, heartfelt ineptitude has its charm and so has heartless skill, but what you really want is passionate virtuosity.
– John Barth

Writing Quotes

Fear is the mind-killer

The Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
– Frank Herbert – “Dune”

Cat Quotes

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats.
– Albert Schweitzer

Cat Quotes

A catless writer is almost inconceivable. – It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.
– Barbara Holland

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
– Mark Twain

Cat Quotes

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
– Joseph Wood Krutch

Animal Quotes

Omit needless words.

“Omit needless words.”
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
William Strunk Jr. (Author), E. B. White “The Elements of Style.”

Inspired by a post today by Robert Scoble where he said:

“I will say this, it’s amazing that we’re listening to a guy who has an uglier Web site than I do.”

– Robert Scoble

and this:

“Steve Wozniak taught me to never say anything if I can’t say something nice about someone.”

– Robert Scoble

Malaysian Blogger Lawsuit Quotes – Bloggers United

Malaysian Blogger Lawsuit Quotes

‘In general, writing in a blog does not give you immunity from being sued,’

-Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, a top lawyer and MP.

Bloggers Declare War on NST

‘There must be space on the blogosphere for free and fair comment, which is anathema in the mainstream media where important national issues and prominent personalities are concerned.’
– OPPOSITION CHIEF LIM KIT SIANG

‘This could be a litmus test for our digital media as they need to sort out conventional laws from our cyber laws.’
– DATUK RUHANIE AHMAD, a former senior Member of Parliament and blogger of eight months

More on the Lawsuit

Jeff Ooi

Rocky’s Bru

Bloggers United

Erma Bombeck Quotes

Erma Bombeck Quotes

Spend at least one Mother’s Day with your respective mothers before you decide on marriage. If a man gives his mother a gift certificate for a flu shot, dump him.
– Erma Bombeck

My kids always perceived the bathroom as a place where you wait it out until all the groceries are unloaded from the car.
– Erma Bombeck

Making coffee has become the great compromise of the decade. It’s the only thing “real” men do that doesn’t seem to threaten their masculinity. To women, it’s on the same domestic entry level as putting the spring back into the toilet-tissue holder or taking a chicken out of the freezer to thaw.
– Erma Bombeck

I don’t know why no one ever thought to paste a label on the toilet-tissue spindle giving 1-2-3 directions for replacing the tissue on it. Then everyone in the house would know what Mama knows.
– Erma Bombeck

Giving birth is little more than a set of muscular contractions granting passage of a child. Then the mother is born.
– Erma Bombeck

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