2020-0317

Lack of focus is why we have a lack of greatness.

Jerry Seinfeld
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2020-0317

It’s not the easiest thing to try and put a smile on a face. But it’s always worth it.

Jerry Seinfeld
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2020-0305

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell
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2019-1015

Please, could you expel, or, at least, restrain, the comma-maniac, on your editorial staff?

Mary Norris
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2019-0907

Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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2017-1106

I often can’t tell if people are at peace or just being dull.

Heinrich Karl “Charles” Bukowski
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2017-0920

Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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2016-1025

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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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
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2015-0104

You won’t find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains.

Hunter S. Thompson
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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.

Mark Twain
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2014-0521

Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations.

Brian Eno
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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
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2014-0428

There are no born masters of typography.

Jan Tschichold
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2014-0412

How to write a good short story:

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 Jr.
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2014-0212

Swallow a toad in the morning if you want to encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.

Nicolas Chamfort
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2013-1001

If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.

David Sedaris
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2013-0908

Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore it if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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2013-0417

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not understood.

Henry Miller
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2013-0219

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

Henry David Thoreau
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