Unashamed Writing

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Favorite Quotes

 “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”

-Stephen King


“He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”[…]

“That’s just the trouble with all you morons. You never want to discuss anything. That’s the way you can always tell a moron. They never want to discuss anything intellig-”

– “The Catcher in the Rye”, J.D. Salinger


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.”

– Mark Twain


“If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, and great disappointments, and also will probably commit great faults and do wrong things, but it certainly is true, that it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.”

– Vincent van Gogh


“Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form.”

– Robert Mckee, Story

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