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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writing

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In writing with detail, you are turning to face the world. It is a deeply political act, because you are not staying in the heat of your own emotions. You are offering up some good solid bread for the hungry.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 47

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on voice, dreams, and writing

Once you have learned to trust your own voice and allowed that creative force inside you to come out, you can direct it to write short stories, novels, and poetry, do revisions, and so on. You have the basic tool to fulfill your writing dreams. But beware. This type of writing will uncover other dreams you have, too--going to Tibet, being the first woman president of the United States, building a solar studio in New Mexico--and they will be in black and white. It will be harder to avoid them.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Writing Down the Bones, Pages: 60

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A Quote by Rebecca on writing

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It's easy to write poorly, but it's hard to write poorly every day. Wait. Let's go back a step: It's hard to write every day.

Rebecca Blood

Source: The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog, Pages: 28

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A Quote by Rebecca on weblog, weblogger, blog, blogger, and writing

Whether your intended audience is large of small, public or private, you now have some extra motivation for writing as frequently and as well as you can. Knowing that someone is reading your side, you will unconsciously seek to express yourself a little more clearly and will likely be anxious to maintain a fairly steady publication schedule. Whatever your purpose and area of interest, you have a forum in which to speak your piece. Congratulations! You are now a weblogger.

Rebecca Blood

Source: The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog, Pages: 57

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A Quote by Woody Allen on discovery, mathematics, students, and writing

Standard mathematics has recently been rendered obsolete by the discovery that for years we have been writing the numeral five backward. This has led to reevaluation of counting as a method of getting from one to ten. Students are taught advanced concepts of Boolean algebra, and formerly unsolvable equations are dealt with by threats of reprisals.

Woody Allen (1935 -)

Source: Howard Eves' Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber, and Schmidt, 1988.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on books, companions, friendship, interest, society, and writing

Writing a long and substantial book is like having a friend and companion at your side, to whom you can always turn for comfort and amusement, and whose society becomes more attractive as a new and widening field of interest.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: A Churchill Reader, edited by Colin Coote

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A Quote by William Strunk, Jr. on machines, reason, words, and writing

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 (1869 - 1946)

Source: Strunk & White in The Elements of Style, 1918, Third Revision, 1979, p. 23.

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A Quote by William Strunk, Jr. on chance, failure, men, skill, success, time, understanding, and writing

To show what happens when strong writing is deprived of its vigor, George Orwell once took a passage from the Bible and drained it of its blood. [First, below, is Orwell's translation; then, the verse.] Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must inevitably he taken into account . -George Orwell I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. -Ecclesiastes 9:11 [KJV]

William Strunk (1869 - 1946)

Source: Strunk & White in The Elements of Style, 1918, Third Revision, 1979, p. 23.

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on novelty, rules, and writing

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on books, happiness, life, reading, thinking, and writing

So I have loitered my life away, reading books, looking at pictures, going to plays, hearing, thinking, writing on what pleased me best. I have wanted only one thing to make me happy, but wanting that have wanted everything.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

Source: Winterslow. My First Acquaintance with Poets

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