December Hodgepodge (On Creativity)

By | December 15, 2009

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.  So I did ten times more work.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.”
—James Yorke, mathematician

“The best sentence? The shortest.”
– Anatole France, French poet and novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.”
–V. S. Pritchett, writer of short stories

“I love words but I don’t like strange ones. You don’t understand them and they don’t understand you. Old words is like old friends, you know ‘em the minute you see ‘em.”
– Will Rogers

“What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Instructions for living a life:
Pay Attention.
Be Astonished.
Tell about it.

– Mary Oliver, from her poem “Sometimes,” in Red Bird

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