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A Quote by Dorothy Parker on humor and writing

On writing humor: There must be a magnificent disregard of your reader, for if he cannot follow you, there is nothing you can do about it.

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

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A Quote by Dorothy Parker on courage, criticism, discipline, humor, mind, and writing

On writing humor: There must be courage; there must be no awe. There must be criticism, for humor, to my mind, is encapsulated in criticism. There must be a disciplined eye and a wild mind.

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

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A Quote by Donald Murray on beginning, meaning, problems, thought, and writing

Meaning is not thought up and then written down. The act of writing is an act of thought. All writing is experimental in the beginning. It is an attempt to solve a problem, to find a meaning, to discover its own way towards a meaning.

Donald Murray

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A Quote by Theodore Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss" on computers, corruption, errors, memory, poets, risk, and writing

WHAT IF DR. SEUSS DID TECHNICAL WRITING? by Bill Bercu If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort, and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report. If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash, then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash! If the label on the cable on the table at your house, says the network is connected to the button on your mouse, but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol, that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall, and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss, so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse, then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang, 'cause as sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang! When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk, and the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk, then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM. Quickly turn off the computer and go and tell your mom.

Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)

Source: Posted by on the internet Bill Bercu and postedon January 30, 1998.

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A Quote by Delmore Schwartz on needs and writing

Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.

Delmore Schwartz

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A Quote by David Letterman on books, history, presidency, war, and writing

Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1. Writing his memoirs of the Civil War. 2. Advising the President. 3. Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin.

David Letterman (1947 -)

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A Quote by Cyril Connolly on niceness and writing

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

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A Quote by C.W. Hulme on animals, conventionality, day, fear, hunger, literature, suffering, words, and writing

To this day the more conventional biologists suffer from an obsessional fear of anthropomorphism, and even put such words as "hunger" and "fear" between quotes (a literary solecism in any case) when writing about animals. The quotes are a way of saying "I cannot get on without Anthropomorphism, but I am ashamed to be seen with her in public".

C.W. Hulme (1886 - 1981)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on laws, suspicion, and writing

The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Chung-feng Ming-pen on birth, death, logic, meaning, principles, privacy, reason, spirituality, understanding, words, and writing

The koans do not represent the private opinion of a single man, but rather the highest principle . . . that accords with the spiritual source, tallies with the mysterious meaning, destroys birth-and-death, and transcends the passions. It cannot be understood by logic; it cannot be transmitted in words; it cannot be explained in writing; it cannot be measured by reason. It is like . . . a great fire that consumes all who come near it.

Chung-feng Ming-pen (1263 - 1323)

Source: a Zen teaching, quoted in Miura and Sasaki 1966:5

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