"Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured our society. From the 16th century forward, blood flowed in battles of racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation that tried, as a matter of national policy, to wipe out its Indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it." -Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.
""There is Light within a person of Light, and it illuminates the entire cosmos." (Gospel of Thomas, one of the Gnostic Gospels of Egypt)"
On agents: “Choose your agent as carefully as you would choose your accountant or lawyer. Or dentist.” — Russell Banks
On characters: “The characters have their own lives and their own logic, and you have to act accordingly.” — Isaac Bashevis Singer
On colleagues: “Artists never thrive in colonies. Ants do. What the budding artist needs is the privilege of wrestling with his problems in solitude — and now and the a piece of red meat.” — Henry Miller
On critics and criticism: “It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck at only one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.” — Samuel Johnson
On dialogue: “Dialogue in fiction should be reserved for the culminating moments and regarded as the spray into which the great wave of narrative breaks in curving toward the watcher on the shore.” — Edith Wharton
On discouragement: “Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” — Red Smith
On drink: “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
On editors and editing: “Bow down before them. They know what they are doing.” — Quentin Crisp
On grammar and usage: “Usage is the only test. I prefer a phrase that is easy and unaffected to a phrase that is grammatical.” — W. Somerset Maugham
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I’ve been compiling my own list.
"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
Don’t forget that Maddow is a Rhodes Scholar…yes, that was at Oxford, Rush. Don’t know where it is? Look it up, Limbaugh!
Little does the creator know that the news is largely owned by 6 media conglomerates.
I don’t see Anderson “Cooper” Vanderbilt complaining about that far-right agenda. The man is a direct descendent of the 4th richest person in history.
You don’t need an Ivy League education to read from a screen.