Saturday, October 15, 2011

Weekend Wise Words

Be Smart! Be Brilliant!

My last blog on Friday was about being an Author. And so....

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”
- Lord Byron

“The pen is the tongue of the mind. [Sp., La pluma es lengua del alma.]”
- Cervantes

“Apt Alliteration's artful aid.”
- Charles Churchill

“That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.”
- Charles Caleb Colton

Our writings are so many dishes, our readers guests, our books like beauty; that which one admires another rejects; so are we approved as men's fancies are inclined.
- Robert Burton

The book that he has made renders its author this service in return, that so long as the book survives, its author remains immortal and cannot die.
- Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham

Authors are the vanguard in the march of mind, the intellectual backwoodsmen, reclaiming from the idle wilderness new territories for the thought and activity of their happier brethren.
- Thomas Carlyle

Those authors into whose hands nature has placed a magic wand, with which they no sooner touch us than we forget the unhappiness in life, than the darkness leaves our soul, and we are reconciled to existence, should be placed among the benefactors of the human race.
- Denis Diderot

The most original modern authors are not so because they advance what is new, but simply because they know how to put what they have to say, as if it had never been said before.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Young authors give their brains much exercise and little food.
- Joseph Joubert

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
- Mohammed (Mahomet)

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
- Voltaire

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