Saturday, August 10, 2013

Quotes for writing and living

by Kaye George

Today, I’d like to share some thoughts I’ve gathered over the past months and years. Maybe some of these will resonate with you and maybe some will make your day brighter.

“When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.”

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”
Old Irish Saying

“I'm thinking literary focuses on the moment when the character changes, and the genre focuses on what the character does with that change.”
Stephen D. Rogers

"Writing is a lot like prostitution. First you do it for love. Then you do it for money. Then you recruit others."

“How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards.”
Spanish proverb

"Every time you sit down to write, you should be afraid of losing the reader at any moment of any page."
Playwright William Gibson

"Be  kind, because everyone you meet is fighting some sort of  battle."
Betty Webb: Author of THE KOALA OF DEATH and DESERT  LOST.
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“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.”

“That was the moment I changed from an amateur to a professional.  I assumed the burden of the professional which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you are writing and aren’t writing particularly well.”

"When you compare your inside with someone else's outside, it isn't a fair comparison."
Leslie Budewitz

“Fairytales are not written to tell children that dragons exist. Children know full well that dragons exist. Fairytales are written to show children that sometimes dragons can be defeated.”
G. K. Chesterton

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
Martha Graham


Jean Henry Mead said...

Great quotes and proverbs. I agree with Christie but I'm not sure I agree with Moliere. :)

Kaye George said...

Different strokes for different folks, eh? That Christie quote is one I keep taped up in my office.