qotd April 2, 2015 — Naomi Shihab Nye

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When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause.

Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor

Last words: Paul Kalanithi

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When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.

Paul Kalanithi via Before I Go: A Stanford neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time – The Washington Post.

qotd: Ray Bradbury #RayBradbury

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English: Ray Bradbury's signature

English: Ray Bradbury’s signature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.

Ray Bradbury

qotd March 11, 2015 Edith Sitwell

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I am an electric eel in a pool of catfish.

Edith Sitwell

The Sunday Rumpus Essay: What Do You Bring Pauline? – The Rumpus.net

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Our families are supposed to model how we build intimacy. But they also model how we feel alone: our experience of loneliness in our families becomes a proxy for the way we feel lonesome in the world.

via The Sunday Rumpus Essay: What Do You Bring Pauline? – The Rumpus.net.

qotd February 14, 2015

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There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.

Terry Pratchett

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“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

Excerpt From: King, Stephen. “On Writing.” Scrinber. iBooks.
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