Quotes Part 14

There are so many things, fragile and strong.  Science, art, mind, and soul.  Here, dear readers, are some quotations on being a writer and being human.

“There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.” — Neil Gaiman
To mistrust science and deny the validity of the scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You’d better go look for work as a plant or wild animal. — P.J. O’Rourke
‘In the old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public.  Nowadays books are written by the public and read by anybody.’ – Oscar Wilde
‘I don’t believe in it (writer’s block). All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?’  – Philip Pullman
‘Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.’ – G K Chesterton
‘What literature can and should do is change the people who teach the people who don’t read the books.’ – A S Byatt
‘Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.’ – Cicero, circa 43 BC
‘Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on.  It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.’ – Luke Angel
‘This before all: ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night: must I write?  Dig down into yourself for a deep answer.  And if this should be in the affirmative, if you may meet this solemn question with a strong and simple, I must, then build your life according to this necessity.’ – Rainer Maria Rilke
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” — Neil Gaiman 

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