Authors on Deadlines

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish? It’s no coincidence we call them deadlines.” -Tom Robbins-
  • “One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.” -Emile Zola-
  • “Going off the grid is always good for me. It’s the way I’ve started books and finished books and gotten myself out of deadline dooms and things.” -Neil Gaiman-
“After Hours”
  • “With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it’s more a polite suggestion.” -David Benioff-
  • “Like all writers, my greatest inspiration, my ultimate muse is a deadline.” -Dave Barry-
  • “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” -Douglas Adams-

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Authors on Vanishing II

Five More Pieces of Fleeting Advice

  • “I cannot help vanishing and disappearing and dissolving. It is my foremost trait. -Stephen Crane-
  • “One way or another, it seems, we all perform vanishing tricks, effacing history, locking up our lives and slipping day by day into the graying shadows.” -Tim O’Brien-
  • “I do have a sense, and I’ve never not had it, of how easily things can vanish.” -Doris Lessing-
“Smith Road #1”
  • “I have a sense of melancholy isolation, life rapidly vanishing, all the usual things. It’s very strange how often strong feelings don’t seem to carry any message of action.” -Phillip Larkin-
  • “The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects-making it possible…to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.” -Susan Sontag-

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Authors on Night

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “What hath night to do with sleep?” -John Milton-
  • “No one but Night, with tears on her dark face, watches beside me in this windy place.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay-
  • “At night we are all strangers, even to ourselves.” -Alexander McCall Smith
“No Traffic”
  • “No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear his heart and eye the morning can be.” -Bram Stoker-
  • “Night, the mother of fear and mystery, was coming upon me.” -H.G. Wells-
  • “Beware the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.” -Jean Genet-

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Authors on Home

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” -Robert Frost-
  • “You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you can never go back.” -James Baldwin-
  • “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” -William Faulkner-
“Sunday Morning Driving Home”
  • “Home is the nicest word there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • “A home without a cat–and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat–may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?” -Mark Twain-
  • “Home may well be where the heart is but it’s no place to spend Wednesday afternoon.” -Walker Percy-

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Wisdom of James Joyce

Five Bits to Ponder for St. Patrick’s Day

  • “There’s no friends like old friends.”
  • “…and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood.”
  • “The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
  • “I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures do not happen to people who remain home: they must be sought abroad.”
  • “One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion than fade and wither dismally with age.”

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Graham Greene on Relationships

Four Points to Ponder

  • “…how simple this going to bed. It was only love which complicated the matter.”
  • “The more you love the greater the danger.”
“Graham Greene Books”
  • “If a man loves one, he cannot help still lusting after others.”
  • “…but you needed money for love. All the poor man could get was lust.”

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Authors on Taking a Chance

Five Cents of Wisdom

  • “Don’t let them slow you down. Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” -Thomas Wolfe-
  • “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain-
  • “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” -T.S. Eliot-
“Chess Set”
  • “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” -Neil Gaiman-
  • “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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Authors on Loneliness

Seven Points to Ponder

  • “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald-
  • “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.” -Charlotte Bronte-
  • “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone.” -bell hooks-
“Morning Commuter”
  • “Be good and you will be lonesome.” -Mark Twain-
  • “I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky-
  • “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” -Aldous Huxley-
  • “Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship-but the loneliness of the soul in its appaling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.” -Sylvia Plath-

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Authors on Working

Several Cents Worth of Common Sense

  • “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.” -Arthur Miller-
  • “You should not confuse your career with your life.” -Dave Barry-
  • “Do not whine…Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” -Joan Didion-
“Notice”

  • “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-
  • “Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today’s employer is seeking.” -Patrick Kennedy Toole-
  • “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you are a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” -Kurt Vonnegut-
  • “In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not subversive.” -Bill Waterson-

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Authors on Borrowing

Six Bits of Wisdom to Borrow

  • “Neither a borrower nor lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend.” -William Shakespeare-
  • “The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.” -Charles Lamb-
  • “Acquaintance (n). A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.” -Ambrose Bierce-
“Library with Flag”
  • “To forget, or pretend to do so, to return a borrowed article, is the meanest sort of petty theft.” -Samuel Johnson-
  • “Borrow trouble for yourself, if that is your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbours.” -Rudyard Kipling-
  • “Sure, I have friends, plenty of friends, and they’ll all come around wantin’ to borrow money. I’ve always been generous with my friends and family, with money, but selfish with the important stuff like love.” -Richard Pryor-

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