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A Quote by Sol Luckman on beginners luke, sol luckman, luke soloman, fiction, nonfiction, author, character, personage, disclaimer, reality, fantasy, truth, imagination, writing, and novel

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of fiction insofar as we are all, each and every one of us, including yours truly, and including you (perhaps most of all), works of fiction. Beyond that, it is pure and absolute nonfiction; and though its “author” technically never existed, at least not in the dense, empirical, flesh-and-blood sense, the personages and events herein depicted are drawn straight from life, as it were. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual places, living or dead, while purely coincidental from the point of view of intention, should surprise no one.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 6

Contributed by: Luke

A Quote by O.V. de Milosz on memory, writing, and paper

To some extent, I have only lived to have something to outlive. By confiding these futile remembrances to paper, I am conscious of accomplishing the most important act of my life. I was predestined to Memory.

O.V. de Milosz

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 97

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Milan Kundera on writing, fiction, novel, creative writing, creatiivity, imagination, self-awareness, quantum, courage, exploration, and discovery

The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own "I" ends) which attracts me most. For beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. This novel is not the author's confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.

Milan Kundera

Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on writing, childhood, and dream

In order to dream so far, is it enough to read? Isn't it necessary to write? Write as in our schoolboy past, in those days when, as Bonnoure says, the letters wrote themselves one by one, either in their gibbosity or else in their pretentious elegance? In those days, spelling was a drama, our drama of culture at work in the interior of a word.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 50

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on writing, language, reality, book, object, vision, and read

Written language must be considered as a particular psychic reality. The book is permanent; it is an object in your field of vision. It speaks to you with a monotonous authority which even its author would not have. You are fairly obliged to read what is written.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 24

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, word, dream, writing, pen, and page

Doesn't reverie ramify the sentence which has been begun? A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream. If only one could write for himself alone.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 17

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on dream, reverie, communicate, writing, emotion, love, soul, and poetry

In contrast to a dream a reverie cannot be recounted. To be communicated, it must be written, written with emotion and taste, being relived all the more strongly because it is being written down. Here, we are touching the realm of written love. It is going out of fashion, but the benefits remain. There are still souls for whom love is the contact of two poetries, the fusion of two reveries.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 7

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, poetry, consciousness, writing, and composition

The reverie we intend to study is poetic reverie. This is a reverie which poetry puts on the right track, the track an expanding consciousness follows. This reverie is written, or, at least, promises to be written. It is already facing the great universe of the blank page. Then images begin to compose and fall into place.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 6

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on writing

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I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Contributed by: Dan

A Quote by Elwyn Brooks White on writing

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The best writing is rewriting.

Elwyn White

Contributed by: Dan

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