2020-0305

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
—Eric Arthur Blair, a.k.a., George Orwell (1903 – 1950) via Nineteen Eighty-Four

2019-1015

Please, could you expel, or, at least, restrain, the comma-maniac, on your editorial staff?
Mary Norris, a.k.a., The Comma Queen (1952– ) via The nit-picking glory of the New Yorker’s Comma Queen

2019-0907

If an ass goes traveling, he’ll not come back a horse.
Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) via Google Books

2019-0907

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

2017-1106

I often can’t tell if people are at peace or just being dull.
—Heinrich Karl Bukowski, a.k.a. Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) via Half-Truth Zine Issue 16 (1993) found at Bukowskiforum.com

2015-0212

A man‘s ignorance sometimes is not only useful, but beautiful, while his knowledge, so called, is oftentimes worse than useless, besides being ugly. Which is the best man to deal with, he who knows nothing about a subject, and, what is extremely rare, knows that he knows nothing, or he who really knows something about it, but thinks that he knows all?
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) via Dictionary.com

2015-0104

You won’t find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains.
Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) via GoodReads

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

2014-0521

Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations.
Brian Eno (b. 1948) via A Year with Swollen Appendices

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

2014-0428

There are no born masters of typography.
Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) via The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

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

2013-1001

If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.
David Sedaris (b. 1956), via Barrel Fever

2013-0417

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not understood.
Henry Miller (1891–1980)

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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