Short one this week. I wanted to share a few quotes this week that I thought were pretty interesting. Currently I’m reading Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer, and the structure of the book inspired me to go out and hunt for thoughtful quotes. Krakauer uses epigraphs throughout his book, at the beginning of every chapter.
So, after randomly searching books and other sites, here were five of my favorites.
“All of these artistic geniuses arise in countries that promote education and health and have more money and more time. Art is a leisure activity. If you have to scramble for your food every second of the day, you're not going to make art.”—Ann Patchett
“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?” –George Orwell
“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.” –H.G. Wells
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” –Stephen King
“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.” –Walt Disney (Just to throw you a curveball.)
Feel free to share your own quotes that you might have around your workstation/creative writing shrine/desk…