American Novelist Quotes
I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp, gaunt names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.
Stephen Vincent Benét
Expecting to be able to get rid of the competitive drive, first of all, flies in the face of human nature — and little girls certainly have this drive, as much as little boys do, or at least the little girls I have observed in my immediate family have it.
If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
There's so much spring in the air- there's so much lazy sweetness in your heart.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering-that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man's good.
L. Sprague de Camp
The beautiful thing about losing your illusions, he thought, was that you got to stop pretending.
How shall we praise the magnificence of the dead,
The great man humbled, the haughty brought to dust?
As Rose stood by him watching the ease with which he quickly brought order out of chaos, she privately resolved to hunt up her old arithmetic and perfect herself in the four first rules, with a good tug at fractions, before she read any more fairy tales.
Louisa May Alcott
Between the reputation of the author living and the reputation of the same author dead there is ever a wide discrepancy.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Do you not believe that animals know grief and fear and pain? The world of men is not an easy one for them.
The only way I could finish a book and get a plot was just to keep making it longer until something happens.
I'm still very blunt: If you want to be a writer, get a day job. The fact that I have actually been able to make a living at it is astonishing.
The requirements of romantic love are difficult to satisfy in the back seat of a Dodge Dart.
A fanatic's willingness to kill or be killed in the service of a cause cannot prove the rightness of that cause.
I am a little thing, a tiny little thing on the vast prairies. I know nothing. My mouth is dirty. I cannot tell what I want. My feet are sunk in the black swampy land, but I am a lover. I love life. In the end love shall save me.
What goes on when people overfetishize safety is that they're relapsing into that old frame of mind that what we're doing is BAD.
This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one's self popular with other birds. Even his parents were dismayed as Jonathan spent whole days alone, making hundreds of low-level glides, experimenting.
If I cared for human approval, I would have been dead long ago.
If you want to see what stage comedians did to get laffs a century ago, watch the 1910 'Wizard of Oz.' I hope you have a high tolerance for pratfalls.
If you want to learn a culture, you have to learn how to like what it likes, rather than go looking for something that you like.
Quote of the day
of computers: But they are useless. They can only give you answers.
Predictions that didn't happen
If it's on the Internet it must be true
Remarkable Last Words (or Near-Last Words)
Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon