A Quote by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on good, water, and writing

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Source: Undated letter

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on memory, needs, reading, present, wit, and writing

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Evan Esar on lies, secrets, success, and writing

The secret of successful writing lies in striking the right keys on the typewriter.

Evan Esar

Source: 20,000 Quips and Quotes by Evan Esar

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A Quote by Ernest J. Gaines on jazz, learning, listening, people, reading, and writing

I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have by reading novels.

Ernest J. Gaines (1933 -)

Source: African-American Writers, by Smith.

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A Quote by Eric Temple Bell on mathematics and writing

If a lunatic scribbles a jumble of mathematical symbols it does not follow that the writing means anything merely because to the inexpert eye it is indistinguishable from higher mathematics.

Eric Temple Bell (1883 - 1960)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956, p. 308.

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A Quote by Enrique Jardiel Poncela on effort and writing

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.

Enrique Jardiel Poncela

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A Quote by Elias Penn-Smith on writing


There is such a sad sad difference In what I eagerly expect to do tomorrow, And what I have written on my slate, When tomorrow has reached yesterday And I, in checking up, Find the writing so indelible!

Elias Penn-Smith

Source: Fire and Shadow, Penn-Smith, Vantage Press, 1969

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on cities, ideas, mind, and writing

It was at Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefoot friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

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A Quote by E. B. White on time, world, and writing

A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist - nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. A writer, writing away, can always fix things up to make himself more presentable, but a man who has written a letter is stuck with it for all time.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Corona Machemer, June 11, 1975

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on extremism, health, personality, personality, society, speech, thought, words, and writing

Many words and expressions which only a matter of decades ago were considered so distastefully explicit that, were they merely to be breathed in public, the perpetrator would be shunned, barred from polite society, and in extreme cases shot through the lungs, are now thought to be very healthy and proper, and their use in everyday speech and writing is evidence of a well-adjusted, relaxed and totally un****ed-up personality.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Life, the Universe and Everything, 1982

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