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A superlatively random collection of 11 very short, quotable quotes

1. I just speed-read War and Peace. It’s about some Russians. (Woody Allen)

2. Life reeks with possibilities. (Lauren Bacall)

3. Remember, candy is dandy, but fruit makes you poop. (Kim Possible)

4. It might have been […] chance, or its more flamboyant relative, destiny. (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

5. You have a tremendous grasp of the obvious. (Wipeout)

6. Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. (L. Peter & R. Hull)

7. If you want to forget all your troubles, wear tight shoes. (Anon)

8. Whether they find life there or not, I think Jupiter should be considered an enemy planet. (Jack Handy)

9. There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. (Edwin Denby)

10. I woke up this morning in the mood to not be awake. (23thorns)

11. I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly. (Peter Cook)

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Quotes for writers

Today I thought I’d simply share some of my favourite quotes concerning the art of writing.  I find them excellent touchstones in the writing process. Less is more * As he knew what to say, so he knows also when to leave off; a continence which is practiced by few writers …. (John Dryden) * […]

Favourite quote #7 “The best moments in reading are when …” (Alan Bennet)

This idea is similar to how C.S. Lewis describes friendship: And that’s one of the best things about reading – having your own thoughts, which often you’d never even fully articulated to yourself, set down in ink before you, showing you that you are not alone in thinking or feeling as you have done. Suddenly […]

Favourite quote #6: The trouble with real life …

“The trouble with real life is that there is no danger music.” ~ Chip Douglas  South Africa has some pretty serious crime. It affects us all, in more ways than we probably realise; a lifetime of looking over your shoulder is not without effect. But we’re pretty good at making fun of things, and I […]

Favourite quote #5 – “She wasn’t doing a thing …”

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” J.D. Salinger Is that not just perfect? It is such a simple statement, and yet beautifully suggests a whole story. If I’d never come across anything else Salinger had written, that would be enough […]

Favourite quote #4 (from T.S. Eliot)

                                        “[…] And every phrase And sentence that is right (where every word is at home, Taking its place to support the others, The word neither diffident nor ostentatious, An easy commerce of the old and the new, The common word exact without vulgarity, The formal word precise but not pedantic, The complete consort dancing […]

Favourite quote #3: “Wisdom cannot express itself properly …”

Wisdom cannot express itself properly without eloquence; eloquence is so much empty verbiage without wisdom. (Joanna Martindale) I have always remembered a particular history module I took at university where there were only 5 registered students, so our seminars were small and everyone was required to participate in the discussions. I dreaded those seminars, as […]

Favourite quote #2: “Monsters exist. But …”

Monsters exist. But they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking question. Primo Levi I came across this quote years ago in some random place and jotted it down, even though I’d never heard of this man […]

Favourite quote #1: “Authenticity is the most disingenuous form of narcissism.”

Lord Whimsy This quote (which I’m sure you’ll agree is a winner) comes from the most delightful little green hardback that I bought as a gift for someone but then ended up refusing to part with. The book is entitled The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Vol. 1 (2006), and is authored by Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy. […]