Ten Quote Tuesday (#33)

David Santaolalla

 

Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes to nudge awake the sleeping muse.

If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

Check out last week’s episode here.

 

Quotes

“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.” -Jacques Derrida

“Words–so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.” -Randall Jarrell

“I am simply of the opinion that you cannot be taught to write. You have to spend a lifetime in love with words.” -Craig Claiborne

“If a writer stops observing, he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.” -Ernest Hemingway

“When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn’t climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.” -Criss Jami

“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English―it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them―then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.” -Mark Twain

“The best stories don’t come from “good vs. bad” but “good vs. good.” -Leo Tolstoy

“Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive… Virtually every page is a cliffhanger–you’ve got to force them to turn it.” -Dr. Seuss

“Only a mediocre person is always at his best. ” -W. Somerset Maugham

 

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