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A Quote by Benjamin Disraeli on men, world, and writing

He was one of these men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

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A Quote by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo on memory and writing

As I search the archives of my memory I seem to discern six types or methods [of judicial writing] which divide themselves from one another with measurable distinctness. There is the type magisterial or imperative; the type laconic or sententious; the type conversational or homely; the type refined or artificial, smelling of the lamp, verging at times upon preciosity or euphuism; the demonstrative or persuasive; and finally the type tonsorial or agglutinative, so called from the shears and the pastepot which are its implements and emblem.

Benjamin Cardozo (1870 - 1938)

Source: Law and Literature, 1931

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A Quote by Ben Sobel on books, history, and writing

Start writing a new chapter, for if you live by the book you'll never make history.

Ben Sobel

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A Quote by Ben Jonson on honor and writing

The players have often mentioned it as an honor to Shakespeare that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My answer hath been, "Would he had blotted a thousand."

Ben Jonson

Source: Timber; or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

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A Quote by Bede the Venerable on church, discipline, study, teaching, and writing

I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.

Bede the Venerable (673 - 735)

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A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on action, comedy, literature, love, play, pleasure, and writing

I am writing a play which I probably will not finish until the end of November. I am writing it with considerable pleasure, though I sin frightfully against the conventions of the stage. It is a comedy with three female parts, six male, four acts, a landscape (view of the lake), lots of talk on literature, little action and tons of love.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

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A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on advice, art, clarity, composers, difficulty, life, nature, proof, sons, soul, talent, trouble, understanding, and writing

Another piece of advice: when you read proof cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. You have so many modifiers that the reader has trouble understanding and gets worn out. It is comprehensible when I write: "The man sat on the grass," because it is clear and does not detain one's attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: "The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully." The brain can't grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously. And then one other thing. You are lyrical by nature, the timber of your soul is soft. If you were a composer you would avoid writing marches. It is unnatural for your talent to curse, shout, taunt, denounce with rage. Therefore, you'll understand if I advise you, in proofreading, to eliminate the "sons of bitches," "curs," and "flea-bitten mutts" that appear here and there on the pages of Life.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Source: To Maxim Gorky, September 3, 1899

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A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on day, poetry, prayer, quiet, and writing

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.

Anne Lindbergh (1906 -)

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A Quote by Anita Brookner on innocence and writing

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence-a lot passes you by-simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.

Anita Brookner (1938 -)

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A Quote by Angela Carter on books, experience, history, novelty, reading, world, and writing

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. . . . You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

Angela Carter (1940 - 1992)

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