Yesterday afternoon, during a strong tropical cloudburst, and casually surfing the Web, I stumbled upon an interesting blog post written by S.L. Hoffan. Mr. Hoffan is a blogger, copyeditor and proofreader in the Washington, D.C. area. He’s the author of the blog dubbed, Eagle-Eyed Editor.
In his own words, “I blog about anything involving books, authors, writing, editing, proofreading and social media. Visit Eagle-Eyed Editor often to laugh and learn!” I’ve visited his blog now and then, and most of the time, I have a good read. He mixes content with good humor, which I certainly appreciate. In order to be healthy you need to laugh. No doubt about that; just ask your doc.
In one of his posts, Hoffman came up with an interesting list of literary quotations about books, writers and writing which I enjoyed. Some of them are genuinely witty, while others, well…, I could just brush off. Understanding that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, I decided to include all of his selections to share with you guys today. Pick the ones you like and delete the ones you dislike. Deal? Here we go.
- Groucho Marx — “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
- Neil Gaiman — “You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is that we notice when we’re doing it.”
- Henry Rollins — “I’ve always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you’ve got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn’t supposed to be easy.”
- Toni Morrison — “The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.”
- Beverly Cleary — “Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.”
- C.S. Lewis — “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
- Madeleine L’Engle — “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
- Salman Rushdie — “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return.”
- Steven Wright — “I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”
- W. Somerset Maugham — “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are.”
- Alexander Pope — “True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.”
- Maynard James Keenan — “For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere. It doesn’t matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live.”
In my humble opinion, quotation #12 is the cherry on the cake. If writing, books, and writers are your cup of tea—have a good time! Good Day.