A Quote by Heber J. Grant on facts, friendship, presidency, pride, teachers, writing, and youth

Regarding Heber J. Grant's penmanship: As a youth, President Heber J. Grant's penmanship was so poor that when two of his friends looked at it, one said to the other, "That writing looks like hen tracks." "No," said the other, "it looks as if lightning has struck an ink bottle." This, of course, touched Heber Grant's pride, and he worked so diligently, so hard on it, that, while still in his teens and working as a policy clerk in the office of H. R. Mann and Co., he was offered three times his salary to go to San Francisco as a penman. He later became a teacher of penmanship and bookkeeping at the University of Deseret. In fact, with a specimen he had written before he turned seventeen, he took first prize in a territorial fair against four professional penmen.

Heber J. Grant (1856 - 1945)

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A Quote by Gypsy Rose Lee on god, love, and writing

God is love, but get it in writing.

Gypsy Rose Lee

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A Quote by Gustav Metzman on balance, correction, time, work, and writing

There comes a point in any organization where too much supervision means that supervisors spend too much time writing memorandums to one another, making needless telephone calls to one another, and the like, with no more productive work being accomplished in the aggregate, and possibly even less. We must strike the correct balance between too much supervision, and too little supervision.

Gustav Metzman

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A Quote by Henry Graham Greene on fear, madness, therapy, wonder, and writing

Writing is a form of therapy. Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.

Graham Greene (1904 - 1991)

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A Quote by Giacomo Puccini on ability, composers, emotion, heart, heroism, history, kindness, life, musicians, opera, pain, passion, poetry, poets, popularity, power, reason, sensuality, style, tenderness, understanding, women, and writing

Puccini's personal life was an interesting one. He was exceedingly fond of hunting, smoking, attractive woman, mechanical devices of any kind, and acquiring houses. He died in 1924 from a heart attack while undergoing treatment for throat cancer. He was 65 years old. A national state of mourning was declared in Italy. Despite torrential rain, mourners lined the streets of Milan in tribute to the composer of some of the most popular works in the history of opera. Puccini chose to write about the everyday rather than the heroic. He understood the little things of life and portrayed them with sensitivity. Another reason for his popularity was his ability to write glowing melodies --- intimate, tender, passionate melodies. He understood the power of melody to express the deepest emotions, and his orchestral writing was eloquent. He was not only a highly skillful musician, but a poet who understood the significance of the smallest details, and a dramatist who possessed an innate sense of pacing and timing. While he was in the process of composing La Boheme, he wrote that his style was "poetry and again poetry - tenderness mixed with pain; sensuality; a drama surprising and burning; and a rocketing finale."

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)

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A Quote by Gian-carlo Rota on jobs, mathematics, and writing

We often hear that mathematics consists mainly of "proving theorems." Is a writer's job mainly that of "writing sentences?"

Gian-carlo Rota

Source: preface to P. Davis and R. Hersh The Mathematical Experience, Boston: Birkhäuser, 1981.

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A Quote by George Orwell on good and writing

Good writing is like a windowpane.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

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A Quote by George Eliot on life, uncertainty, and writing

Life is too precious to be spent in this weaving and unweaving of false impressions, and it is better to live quietly under some degree of misrepresentation than to attempt to remove it by the uncertain process of letter-writing.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Letter, 8 Jun 1856, published in George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals, 1885-86

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A Quote by George Ade on admiration, limits, reading, work, and writing

Mark Twain on George Ade's writing: I have been reading him [Ade] again, and my admiration overflows all limits. How effortless the limning! It is as if the work did itself, without help of the master's hand.

George Ade (1866 - 1944)

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A Quote by Gene Fowler on writing


Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

Gene Fowler

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