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Quotations of the Day - - - Any Day
Tuesday, March 01, 2005  3:59:00 AM

by F William (Bill) Broome



Poetry
Andrea Barrett said, "It''s hard to explain how much one can love writing. If people knew how happy it can make you, we would all be writing all the time. It''s the greatest secret of the world."
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James A. Michener, b.1907, said, "I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains."
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Marg Shapero said:
"Sad eyes remember
loving arms, urgent passion,
whispers and kisses."
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Vicki Baum b.1888, said, "I felt and still feel that a writer should always have some profession which brings him into close contact with the realities of life."
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Richard Wilbur, 1921, said, "The poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things, but of what in himself is most common, most anonymous, most fundamental."
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Robert Lowell, 1917, wrote, "If we see the light at the end of the tunnel, It's the light of the oncoming train."
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Ray Bradbury, b. 1920, said, "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."

And, "Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down."
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Isabel Allende, b. 1942, said, "Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken."

And, she says, "You are the storyteller of your own life and you can create your own legend or not."

And, "Write what should not be forgotten."
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Josh Billings, born Henry Wheeler Shaw 1818, said, "Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to."
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Cyntia Ozick, b.1928, said "The sentence is my primary element, my tool, goal, bliss. Each new sentence is a heart-in-the mouth experiment."
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Kingsley Amis, b. 1922, said, "If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing."
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Tennessee Williams, b.1911. said, "A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace."
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Sara Coslett, tontemporary poet, said,
"I have discovered
almost is not enough.
-almost is closer to zero
than is one."
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Ring Lardner, b.1885, said, "Where do they get that stuff about me being a satirist? I just listen."
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S. H. Auden, b. 1907, said, "Words so excite me that a pornographic story, for example, excites me sexually more than a living person can do." And, he said, "A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language."
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Galway Kinnell, b.1927, said, "To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment."
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Colette, b. 1873, said, "By means of an image we are often able to hold on to our lost belongings. But it is the desperateness of losing which picks the flowers of memory, binds the bouquet."
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Derek Walcott, b. 1930, said, "The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination."
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Fredrico Fillini, b. 1920, said, "All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
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Joy Adamson,b. 1910, said, "Since we humans have the better brain, isn't it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from, oddly enough, ourselves?"
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Robert Cormier, b. 1928. said, "I think all readers want to be told a story, the thousand variations of 'Once upon a time.' ... Everthing else changes, but the emotions of childhood and adolescence never change."
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William Kennedy, b. 1928, said about the life of a writer, "There's only a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot."
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William James, b.1842, said, "Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
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Umberto Eco, b. 1932, once wrote, "The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else."
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Wilfrid Sheed, b. 1930. said, "The American male doesn't mature until he has exhausted all other possibilities."
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When the dictionary becomes very good poetry: Pollyanna - "One having a disposition or nature characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything; an overly and often blindly optimistic person."
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Woody Allen b.1935 said, "Life is full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly."
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Jose Saramago, b. 1922, said, "If you don't write your books, nobody else will do it for you. No one else has lived your life."
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Marianne Moore, b.1887, said "Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads."
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Walker Evans, b.1903, the frst US photographer to become famous, said, "Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long."
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Oscar Wilde,b.1854, said, "All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." And, "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."
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E. E. cummings b.1894, "If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little ó somebody who is obsessed by Making."
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Thelonious Monk (b.1917) said, "There are no wrong notes."
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H.G. Wells said, "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
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James Baldwin, b.1924, said, "If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you're not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real."
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John Ashbery, b. 1927, said, "I've always felt myself to be a rather frustrated composer who was trying to do with words what musicians are able to do with notes. The importance of meaning that's beyond expression in words is what I've always been attracted to."
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William Makepeace Thackeray,b.1811, said, "There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know until he takes up a pen to write."
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James M. Cain, novelist, b. 1892, said, "I write of the wish that comes true -for some reason, a terrifying concept."
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Joyce Carol Oates, writer, b. 1938, said, "We [humans] are the species that clamors to be lied to."
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"Poetry can be thought of as an act of persuasion: a poem attempts to bring about some kind of change in its reader, perhaps no more than a moment of clarity amidst the disorder of everyday life. And successful poems not only make use of the meanings and sounds of words, as well as the images those words conjure up, but may also take advantage of the arrangement of type on a page." -Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate, 2004-2006.
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Alexander Pope, b. 1688, in England, said,"Authors are judged by strange capricious rules. The great ones are thought mad, the small ones fools."
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Saul Steinberg, b. 1914,New Yorker Magazine rtist,said, "The life of the creative man is led, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes."
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Richard Feynman, winner of a 1965 Nobel Prize for his work for advances in atomic energy studies, said,"Physics is like sex ... it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it."
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Kaye Gibbons,novellist,b. 1960, said, "One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that it can be done at home."
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Leo Rosten (b. 1908) Defining the Yiddish ,'chutzpa' as, "That quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan."
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Francine Prose, (b.1947) "For now, books are still the best way of taking great art and its consolations along with us on the bus."
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John Fowles,(b. 1926) "Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want."
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Renť Descartes,(b. 1596) "If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
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Eugene McCarthy "Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important." - Eugene McCarthy, Former US Senator, Wisconsin
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"A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace." - Tennessee Williams
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"I like pigs because a dog looks up to you, a cat looks down on you, but a pig accepts you as an equal." - Winston Churchill
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"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." Linus Pauling, b. 1901
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"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness." Michel de Montaigne Fr. b.1533
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"Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play." Franklin D. Roosevelt
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"I've never thought about myself in terms of a career. ... I don't have a career, I have a typewriter." - Don DeLillo
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"What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
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"Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these." Ovid, Poet
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A reputation is something you will have to live down.
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Recently, I ran across the work of a good poet. His name is Robert Hass, and his work is highly recommended.

He said, "Take the time to write. You can do your life's work in half an hour a day."
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In our writing and discovery of subjects about which to write, we might want to keep this one in mind:
"Remember; It's not about you."
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Ukraine writer, Isaak Babel, born 1897. said, "There is no iron that can enter the human heart with such stupefying effect, as a period placed at just the right moment."
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And, this one is priceless! -
"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."
Lionel Trilling
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American Poet (Born 1927) John Ashbery said, "I've always felt myself to be a rather frustrated composer who was trying to do with words what musicians are able to do with notes."
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Confucius - born 551 B.C. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
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- Mother Teresa - "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.*
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- Ambrose Redmoon - "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.*
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Author Unknown - "Life is short; Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile."

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F. William Broome, b. Yes. said:

"I have a fear of entering poetry contests; the fear of not winning, and ot being able to live with that."
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"Knowing 'how' is only a part of the answer; knowing 'why,' is a must"
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"Lfe...is the moment.
Living it well... is beyond the moment.
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"Striving for money forgets the misery of the rich and wealthy."
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No, Iím not afraid to die.
But, I canít imagine this world
without me in it."
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"There arenít two of me, really.
But, donít tell the other one.
He is convinced that I quit long ago."
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Summing it up with Josh Billings, born Henry Wheeler Shaw in Lanesboro, MA 1818). "Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want." ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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