A Quote by John Updike on writing


Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying.

John Updike (1932 -)

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A Quote by John Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire and Normanby on nature and writing

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.

John Sheffield (1648 - 1721)

Source: Essay on Poetry, 1682

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A Quote by John Peter Berger on awareness, consequences, death, people, politics, principles, world, writers, and writing

In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.

John Peter Berger (1926 -)

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A Quote by John Peter Zenger on liberty, losing, nations, slavery, and writing

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.

John Peter Zenger (1697 - 1746)

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A Quote by John Milton on desires, good, knowledge, learning, men, necessity, and writing

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Adams on existence, freedom, hope, laughter, people, thinking, and writing

When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on america, art, communication, country, curiosity, destruction, earth, freedom, honor, information, power, readiness, sacred, service, slander, tenderness, thinking, and writing

But none of the means of information are more sacred, or have been cherished with more tenderness and care by the settlers of America, than the press. Care has been taken that the art of printing should be encouraged, and that it should be easy and cheap and safe for any person to communicate his thoughts to the public. And you, Messieurs printers, whatever the tyrants of the earth may say of your paper, have done important service to your country by your readiness and freedom in publishing the speculations of the curious. The stale, impudent insinuations of slander and sedition with which the gormandizers of power have endeavored to discredit your paper are so much the more to your honor; for the jaws of power are always opened to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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A Quote by Joan Baez on good, justice, songs, words, and writing

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.

Joan Baez (1941 -)

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A Quote by James Thurber on justice and writing

When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.

James Thurber (1894 - 1961)

Source: Memo to "New Yorker," 1959; first published in "New York Times Book Review," 4 Dec 1988

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A Quote by James Keller on affection, behavior, children, compromise, desires, difficulty, existence, faults, honesty, life, parenthood, people, problems, quality, relationships, security, truth, and writing

Recently a large group of 'problem' children were given the assignment of writing essays on the difficulties they had with their parents. The papers they turned in were misspelled but lively, listing a number of rather predicable faults - gushing, nagging, refusing affection, and so on. But oddly enough the quality most children felt their parents lacked was truthfulness. None of us, of course, likes to think of himself as a liar. In important things we make it a point to be scrupulously honest. But if we examine our daily lives closely we may find dozens of examples of small compromises, trivial evasions. These seemingly unimportant deceits should be guarded against, since they can all too easily become a part of the fabric of our existence, influencing our relationships with others. An unflagging desire for truth in every aspect of our behavior does much to provide that sense of security for which all people yearn.

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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