Doug Bruns

Saturday Quotes

In Books, Creativity, Writers, Writing on June 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

Words, words, words.

As has become my habit, here are some Saturday quotes to consider. Specifically, today, writers on words:

  • Words are loaded pistols. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Words are the supreme objects. They are minded things. ~ William Gass
  • Words are…awkward instruments and they will be laid aside eventually, probably sooner than we think. ~ William Burroughs
  • Words are an albatross to a writer–heavy, hopeless, fateful things. One writes to make words mean something new. ~ Joy Williams
  • Words have basic inalienable meanings, departure from which is either conscious metaphor or inexcusable vulgarity. ~ Evelyn Waugh
  • Words are like leaves, and when they abound / Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. ~ Alexander Pope
  • Every word is like an unnecessary strain on silence and nothingness. ~ Samuel Beckett
  • The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightening bug. ~ Mark Twain
  • For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word. ~ Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. ~ Ernest Hemingway

I am likely–as this post goes up–turning south, considering a return to Maine. Hoping to be at my desk again next week–perhaps with a tale to two to share.

Thanks for reading.

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