Famous Quotes – Trees

Famous Quotes

Tree Quotes

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
– Henry David Thoreau, 1817 – 1862

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Plants

Being thus prepared for us in all ways, and made beautiful, and good for food, and for building, and for instruments of our hands, this race of plants, deserving boundless affection and admiration from us, becomes, in proportion to their obtaining it, a nearly perfect test of our being in right temper of mind and way of life; so that no one can be far wrong in either who loves trees enough, and everyone is assuredly wrong in both who does not love them, if his life has brought them in his way.
– John Ruskin, 1819-1900, Modern Painters VI

Famous Quotes

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