The writer is… an athlete required to break the four-minute mile every morning.
— Irving Stone
Replace writer with blogger and you have a good description of what the job of blogging is.
I’ve been collecting quotes since I was very young. One of my favorite books is the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, which just celebrated it’s Diamond Jubilee. I don’t know when the old rusty red edition found its way into my hands as a child, but I was totally taken with the never-ending collection of wise and whimsical things people said for every occasion. I wanted to talk like they did, combining words in such a way to make a powerful punch when provoked.
Maybe that was my first introduction and training into press release, editorial, and technical writing?
From time to time I start or include appropriate quotes to my blog posts, as the words of others often introduce or summarize the topic at hand better than I can. It’s also a way of sharing my love of quotations with others, after all, the power of the quote is that it is quoted – and shared.
A friend sent me a collection of fabulous insult quotes today that made me wish I’d said them in response to many a blog comment or post – that artful slice and dice with words that confuses the less witty with repartee. Here are a few of the prize winners to me:
He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.
He is a self-made man and worships his creator.
He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.
He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.
He had delusions of adequacy.
Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?
His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
Don’t you wish you’d had one of those on hand when the moment to serve a good slap and run with words arrived?
My favorite quotes are about writing such as:
Work every day – no matter what has happened the day or night before. Stop when you’re writing well. Then you’ll never get stuck.
– Ernest Hemingway
A few quotes have made their way to walls around my desk area over the years, inspiring me and keeping me focused on my writing and work. I’m sure you have a few stuck up in places to kick your creativity in the butt, too.
What are some of your favorite quotes that help you through the day, your blog, your work, and your life? Any personal favorites?
Here is my all-time favorite quote, which I wrote this weekend on the wall of a restaurant bathroom in Vernonia, Oregon, called the Blue House Café. Don’t worry, I wasn’t vandalizing. They provide the pens, you provide the words, and the bathroom is one of the most entertaining dining (and sitting) reading experiences of your life.
Everyone was born with two ends. One is used for sitting. The other for thinking. Success in life depends upon which one you use the most.
Heads you win. Tails you lose.