Tag: quotations

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story Potential

In response to WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Story. Not much of a photo, but a potential for story here. The story of the lost ball; or, the art of losing […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence (of the Lambs)

In response to WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence. I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner. —Dr. Hannibal Lecter

What D. H. Lawrence (and My Granny) Said

We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen. I repeat to myself this D. H. Lawrence quote often. Several times a day, whenever a new sky falls. […]

Finding Everyday Inspiration: Literally Just a Bunch of Random Quotes

Part of WordPress’s writing course Finding Everyday Inspiration. Today’s (un)inspiring task inspires the worst in me. I’m kidding only in part. That is, in part one of the statement: I do […]

Writing 201: Poetry Potluck

I am ill. I have taken a pill to kill The thin Papery feeling. –Sylvia Plath, “Cut” If I am asked to share one poem, which happens to be the […]

Fun with Literary Classics

Click pictures to view large size. If Classic Writers Wrote for the Internet… If Classic Characters Had Mugshots… If Classic Writers Could Read These Reviews…

Hating on Monkeys

I have no complaints against monkeys, but it seems that many other people do. See below for a Polish proverb about monkeys that nobody wants, a German proverb about a dead […]

There Is Something about Alasdair Gray

While this will sound ridiculously sentimental, I hazard to say that Alasdair Gray is the single writer whose books had any practical impact on my life. In so far as “practical” is the […]

Grammar Nazi Jokes

Why, yes, I am a grammar Nazi.


It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations […]


Nature fits all her children with something to do, / He who would write and can’t write, can surely review –James Russell Lowell


There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things. –William Dean Howells


Initiative comes to thems [sic] that wait. –Anthony Burgess


A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in […]


Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. –Washington Irving


Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. –Oliver Wendell Holmes


Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be […]

Possible Worlds

When a language dies, a possible world dies with it. –George Steiner