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Annie Dillard (b. April 30): “Many writers do little but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.”

30 Apr

Annie Dillard, born 30 April 1945, is an American poet, essayist, and novelist known for her intensely poetic and precise prose. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for her collection of narrative essays, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I worked so hard all my life, and all I want to do now is read.
  2. All my books started out as extravagant, and ended up pure and plain.
  3. Many writers do little else but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.
  4. If you’re going to publish a book, you’re probably going to make a fool of yourself.
  5. Society places the writer so far beyond the pale that society does not regard the writer at all.
  6. I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, like a dying friend. I hold its hand and hope it will get better.
  7. Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
  8. At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.
  9. It is no less difficult to write a sentence in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick.
  10. One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.

 

Anne Sexton (b. November 9): “The feeling after writing a poem is better than sex…”

9 Nov

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“The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the whole better even than after sex, and that’s saying a lot.”

~ Anne Sexton, b. 9 November 1928

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John Keats (b. October 31): “My imagination is a monastery…”

31 Oct

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“My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.”

~ John Keats, b. 31 October 1795

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e.e. cummings (b. October 14): “Unless you love someone…”

14 Oct

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“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.”

~ e.e. cummings, b. 14 Ocober 1894

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Charles Baudelaire (b. April 9th): “Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us.”

9 Aug

Charles Baudelaire, born 9 April 1821 and died 31 August 1867, was a French poet. His most famous work is Les Fleurs du Mal. Baudelaire influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé. His themes of sex, death, lesbianism, metamorphosis, depression, urban corruption, lost innocence, and alcohol gained him loyal followers. It also created controversy. Baudelaire, his publisher, and the book’s printer were taken to court for offending public morality. He is credited with coining the term ‘modernity’ (modernité) to designate the fleeting, experience of life in an urban metropolis.

Quotes on writing:

  1. Always be a poet, even in prose.
  2. Inspiration comes from working every day.
  3. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
  4. In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle.
  5. A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.
  6. We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.

 

Annie Dillard (b. April 30): “Many writers do little but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.”

30 Apr

Annie Dillard, born 30 April 1945, is an American poet, essayist, and novelist known for her intensely poetic and precise prose. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for her collection of narrative essays, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I worked so hard all my life, and all I want to do now is read.
  2. All my books started out as extravagant, and ended up pure and plain.
  3. Many writers do little else but sit in small rooms recalling the real world.
  4. If you’re going to publish a book, you’re probably going to make a fool of yourself.
  5. Society places the writer so far beyond the pale that society does not regard the writer at all.
  6. I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, like a dying friend. I hold its hand and hope it will get better.
  7. Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
  8. At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.
  9. It is no less difficult to write a sentence in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick.
  10. One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.

 

Charles Baudelaire (b. April 9th): “Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us.”

9 Apr

Charles Baudelaire, born 9 April 1821 and died 31 August 1867, was a French poet. His most famous work is Les Fleurs du Mal. Baudelaire influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé. His themes of sex, death, lesbianism, metamorphosis, depression, urban corruption, lost innocence, and alcohol gained him loyal followers. It also created controversy. Baudelaire, his publisher, and the book’s printer were taken to court for offending public morality. He is credited with coining the term ‘modernity’ (modernité) to designate the fleeting, experience of life in an urban metropolis.

Quotes on writing:

  1. Always be a poet, even in prose.
  2. Inspiration comes from working every day.
  3. Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
  4. In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle.
  5. A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.
  6. We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.

 

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