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Do you know how pale & wanton thrillful
comes death on a strange hour
unannounced, unplanned for
like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
brought to bed
Death makes angels of us all
& gives us wings
where we had shoulders
smooth as raven's
James Douglas Morrison
I saw the angel in the marble and carved
until I set him free.
Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.
Vincent Van Gogh
If the doors of perception were cleansed
every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into
the cold abyss of oneself.
Franz Kafka
In the end, we are dependent
upon the creatures we have made.
Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
There's a white diamond gloom
on the far side of this room
and a pathway that leads up to the stars.
If you don't believe there's a price
for this sweet paradise,
remind me to show you the scars.
Bob Dylan
What is madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance?
Theodore Roethke
Odyssey of sadness
Sirens sighing on a mattress
Mirrored narcissistic madness
How sweet this endless now.
John Lazard Slater III
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little
before it will explain itself.
Charles Dickens
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
that escape those who dream only at night.
Edgar Allan Poe
Human beings have had to guess about almost everything
for the past million years or so. The leading characters
in our history books have been our most enthralling,
and sometimes our most terrifying, guessers.
Kurt Vonnegut
Students achieving oneness
will move ahead to twoness
Woody Allen
The guessers often gave us the illusion that bad luck
and good luck were understandable and could somehow
be dealt with intelligently and effectively. Without
that illusion, we all might have surrendered long ago.
Kurt Vonnegut
If you're not failing every now and again,
it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
Woody Allen
Wanting to know an author because you like his work is like
wanting to know a duck because you like paté.
Margaret Atwood
Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Fiction is like a spider's web,
attached ever so slightly perhaps,
but still attached to life at all four corners.
Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
Virginia Woolf
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Pablo Picasso
The organized and intelligent fictional dream
that will eventually fill the reader’s mind begins as a
largely mysterious dream in the writer’s mind.
John Gardner
To write the text you have to live in the myth of it.
John Fowles
Life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences.
Isabel Allende
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
E. L. Doctorow
Writers aren't exactly people...
they're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx
No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions,
it will not look ugly.
Oscar Wilde
In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are
united at the heart of night and darkness,
and we are strange and beautiful asleep;
for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
Tom Wolfe
The caterpillar does all the work
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
George Carlin
There is absolutely no point in sitting down to write
a book unless you feel that you must write that book,
or else go mad, or die.
Robertson Davies
Like atoms begetting atoms that beget molecules,
when uniquely linked, words form a DNA
of indelible visions.
Todd Crawshaw
I've noticed that when people are joking
they're usually dead serious, and when they're serious,
they're usually pretty funny.
Jim Morrison
The world is full of magic things,
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
W.B. Yeats
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi
O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell,
and count myself a king of infinite space —
were it not that I have bad dreams.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
The kingdom of heaven is spread out across the earth,
only people don't see it.
Jesus Christ
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