2020-0531

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

—Milton Glaser (b. 1929)

2020-0323

Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
Miles Davis (1926–1991) via Brainy Quote

2020-0317

It’s not the easiest thing to try and put a smile on a face. But it’s always worth it.
—Jerome Allen Seinfeld, a.k.a., Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) via Some website

2014-0531

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
—Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain (1835–1910) via a letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888

2014-0530

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
—Julius Henry Marx, a.k.a. Groucho Marx (1890–1977) via Wikipedia

2014-0504

In his highest flights, musical and architectural above all, for they are one, man gives the illusion of rivaling the order, the majesty and the splendor of the heavens.
Henry Miller (1891–1980), via The Colossus of Maroussi

2014-0412

How to write a good short story:

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.

Start as close to the end as possible.

Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) via Brain Pickings &; YouTube

2013-0320

Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
—李小龍. a.k.a., Bruce Lee via Think exist

2013-0219

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) via Washington Post

2012-1211

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) via QI

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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