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I love the "Cat sat on the mat" quote. It is one of the best and simplest illustration of conflict or drama. The photo for the E.L. Doctorow quote reminded me of a wonderful book "Reservation Road" by Jonathan Burnham Schwartz -- highly recommend to all.

Counting the days until your class, Barbara. Happy New Year. Loren Stephens


"Just shut up and do the work" -- from your previous post. I like that!

Mentioning Dorothy Parker, though not exactly inspirational...

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. --Dorothy Parker


p.s. sorry - I see now you did *not* mention Dorothy Parker. Time for caffeine...


Loren - Yes, I love that quote too and just discovered it. the Doctorow quote has been quoted for ages and makes such sense!
and yes, Reservation Road is one of my favorite novels.
Sophia - Not inspirational but what a wit she was!

What a great post! Thanks for the inspiration Barbara!! I just saw a great quote yesterday on DailyKos (yes I read too many political blogs) that seems to kinda fit with this theme (I changed the gender of the pronouns):

"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that she writes, will ask herself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?"

--George Orwell "Politics and the English Language", 1946

Here's the link to the post:



Oops -- forgot my info for the post above.


Toby - thanks for the quote. Makes it sound so simple!

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

I love inspirational quotes. I'm a quote collector. :-) Thanks for a few more nuggets, Barbara!


Thanks for all your comments Rebecca -

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