The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.
Want it, find it, live it, love it.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Can You Taste What You Hear?
How do I know what I think until I see what I say?
1 Fool, 1 Stone, 10 Wise Men
I think art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
Before the Deluge
Self-respect is the secure feeling that no one is as yet suspicious.
You write with ease, to show your breeding
But easy writing’s vile hard reading.
No two persons ever read the same book.
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
. . to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive . .
Robert Louis Stevenson
The future is just the past waiting to happen.
And meet the time as it seeks us.
All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit down quietly in a room alone.
If voting changed anything, they would abolish it.
Now & Zen
Control can never be a means to anything but more control.
William S. Burroughs
Who says you need talent to write a book?
It’s the talent to read a book that you really need!
Immortality Is Overrated
It doesn’t matter however clever you are
Even boffins end up in coffins
Razors pain you
Rivers are damp
Acids stain you
And drugs cause cramp
Guns aren’t lawful
Gas smells awful
You might as well live
Jacob Epstein was asked how he managed to achieve such a good likeness to Bevin and he said, ‘I simply took the block of marble and chiselled away all the bits that didn’t look like him’.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.
Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
Artist: What’s your opinion of my painting?
Critic: It’s worthless.
Artist: I know, but I’d like to hear it anyway.
‘The nature of our future depends upon the future of our nature.’
A Canadian view
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
Books do furnish a room
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.