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Steven Tyler (b. March 26): “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”

26 Mar

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“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”

~ Steven Tyler, b. 26 March 1948

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Jim Parsons (b. March 24): “Intelligence is sexy until it becomes irritating…”

24 Mar

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“I think intelligence is usually sexy until it becomes irritating. After that, you’re stuck.”

~ Jim Parsons, b. 24 March 1973

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Harry Houdini (b. March 24): “Don’t bite off red-hot iron unless you have a good set of teeth.”

24 Mar

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“No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.”
~ Harry Houdini, b. 24 March 1874

 

Jonathan Ames (b. March 23): “I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.”

23 Mar

Jonathan Ames, born 23 March 1964, is an American author of novels and comic memoirs, which include Wake Up, Sir! And The Extra Man. He was also a columnist for the New York Press. He created the HBO television series Bored to Death.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.
  2. A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.
  3. People don’t expect too much from literature. They just want to know they’re not alone with being confused.
  4. A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive and that makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.
  5. When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

Erich Fromm (b. March 23): “We do not understand our dreams…”

23 Mar

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“We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.”

~ Erich Fromm, b. 23 March 1900

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Joan Crawford (b. March 23): “I need sex for a clear complexion.”

23 Mar

“I need sex for a clear complexion, but I’d rather do it for love.”
~ Joan Crawford, b. 23 March 1904

 

James Patterson (b. March 22): “If you want to write commercial fiction, it’s story, story, story…”

22 Mar

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“If it’s commercial fiction that you want to write, it’s story, story, story. You’ve got to get a story where if you tell it to somebody in a paragraph, they’ll go, “Tell me more.” And then when you start to write it, they continue to want to read more. And if you don’t, it won’t work.”

~ James Patterson, b. 22 March 1947

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For Patterson’s interview with the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/7052581/James-Patterson-interview.html

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