Category Archives: Quotations

Ezra Pound’s summary of the new poetics 1913

“In the spring or early summer of 1912, ‘H.D’, Richard Aldington, and myself decided we were agreed upon the three principles following: (1) Direct treatment of the ‘thing’ whether subjective or objective. (2) To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation. (3) As regarding rhythm: to compose in the sequence of […]

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Today’s quotations brought to you by the letter b

Blake was the first long-dead poet whose writing appealed to me. Songs of Innocence and Experience were taught in Intro English, and it opened the door to The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, littered with proverbs and aphorisms. Two of my favourites are “Expect poison from standing water,” and the shortest “exuberance is beauty.”  The […]

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Anita Brookner Quotations

She died March 10, of this year it seems. She was 87. She won a Booker for Hotel Du Lac. Brookner is eminently quotable.   “All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don’t win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.” “I was brought up […]

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Archimedes & R.E.M. Quote

I’m still in the A’s in my Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, reading this one with my morning coffee. “Give me but one firm place on which to to stand, and I will move the earth.” – Archimedes, echoed in one of my favourite R.E.M. songs, “Stand.” Some Monday morning fun. Check out R.E.M’s You Tube […]

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Quotes, A?

I’m paging through my dad’s old Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, second edition 1959. I’m starting with Joseph Addison, whose quotes remain relevant nearly 400 years later. “A perfect tragedy is the noblest  creation of human nature.” The Spectator No. 39 “If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished  from all other creatures by our […]

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Today’s Quotations – Robert Walser

“What swimming person, provided he is not about to drown, can help being in excellent spirits?” It is a very painful thing, having to part company with what torments you. And how mute the world is!”

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Call Me Ishmael. Call Me Al

I’ve been thinking about character development, having come across a list of questions (Thanks M.E.) that writers might consider in developing characters for their stories, much like actors preparing their characters for the stage. I’ve added some and put them up as part of my “Writing” pages. I’m writing stories now, or at least, learning […]

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Updated Quotations January 10, 2015               “I am no longer interested in the possible.” Robert Kroetsch in The Crow Journals  

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Quote for today – Russel Banks

“When a witness from your distant past shows up, your memory improves.”

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After a series of indiscretions a man stumbled homeward, thinking, now that I am going down from my misbehaviour I am to be forgiven, because how I acted was not my true self, which I am now returning to. And I am not to be blamed for the past, because I’m to be seen as […]

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