Sunday, June 24, 2007

Words to Write By

As newsletter editor, I spend time each month looking for a famous quote to lead and inspire my fellow LIRW members. Here are a few that have never made it to publication, but resonated with me:

"A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer - to be living a kind of double life." -- Jorge Luis Borges

"The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way." -- Richard Harding Davis

"Too often I wait for the sentence to finish taking shape in my mind before setting it down. It is better to seize it by the end that first offers itself, head or foot, though not knowing the rest, then pull: the rest will follow along." -- Andre Gide

"There's more of yourself in a book than a play. that's why we know all about Dickens and not much about Shakespeare. Ben Jonson murdered people; Marlowe was a spy; Shakespeare just sat in the corner and took notes." -- Sir John Mortimer

"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude." -- William James