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Qoheleth (Author of Ecclesiastes)

"The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one shepherd.  But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body."  (Ecclesiastes 12:11-12)

Oft quoted and oh so true!





 William Zinsser

"Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the second or third time.  Even the best writers are initially .300 hitters, struggling against heavy odds to say what they want to say."

"As a writer I try to operate within a framework of Christian principles, and the words that are important to me are religious words: witness, pilgrimage, intention.  I think of intention as the writer's soul.  Writers can write to affirm and to celebrate, or they can write to debunk and to destroy; the choice is ours.  Editors may ask us to do destructive work for some purpose of their own, but nobody can make us write what we don't want to write.  We get to keep intention."

"My mother came from a long line of devout Maine and Connecticut Yankees, and she thought it was a Christian obligation to be cheerful.  It is because of her that I am cursed with optimism."




Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

"My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel

in the best and simplest way."



 Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911)

"Put it down before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light."



Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man,

and writing an exact man."



Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing."


Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession and therefore are most economical in its use."


 Polybius (208-126 B.C.)

"For there are plenty of mistakes made by writers out of ignorance, and which any man finds it difficult to avoid.  But if we knowingly write what is false, whether for the sake of our country or our friends or just to be pleasant, what difference is there between us and hack writers?  Readers should be very attentive to and critical of historians, and they in turn should be constantly on their guard."