In the Blog World:
Reading About Writing

by Madhava Gosh

Posted November 11, 2007

As more and more devotees are blogging, or on the verge of blogging, the following is a collection of quotes that may pertain, even with the more relaxed standards of blogging:

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

- Mark Twain

By writing according to our realization we become more and more convinced and all doubts are destroyed.

- Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Pusta Krsna - Hyderabad 23 March, 1973

Realization means you should write, every one of you, what is your realization. What for this Back to Godhead is? You write your realization, what you have realized about Krsna. That is required. It is not passive. Always you should be active. Whenever you find time, you write. Never mind, two lines, four lines, but you write your realization.

- Srila Prabhupada, Sri Brahma-samhita, Verse 32 Excerpt - Los Angeles, August 14,1972

Writing is the most disciplined form of thinking. It allows us to be precise, to stand back and examine what we have thought, to see what our words really mean, to see if they stand up to our critical eye, to see if they make sense and can be understood by others.

- Donald Murray

A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

~ William Strunk, Jr.

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.

- Enrique Jardiel Poncela

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.

- John Ruskin

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

- Mark Twain

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

- Thomas Mann, novelist, Nobel laureate (1875-1955)

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

- Oscar Wilde

A true yogi observes Me in all beings and also sees every being in Me. Indeed, the self-realized person sees Me, the same Supreme Lord, everywhere.

Bhagavad-Gita 6.29

A novelist must preserve a child-like belief in the importance of things which common sense considers of no great consequence.

- W. Somerset Maugham

There is only one trait that marks the writer. He is always watching. It's a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it.

- Morley Callaghan

I hope you will continue this attitude and improve the quality and writing of Back To Godhead both nicely.

- Srila Prabhupada; Letter to: Rayarama - Seattle 15 October, 1968

*There is no good writing, only good rewriting.*

- Justice Brandeis

Sit down, and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.

- Colette, Casual Chance

The wastepaper basket is the writer's best friend.

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.

- Hart Crane

*Don't tell* me the moon is shining; *show* me the glint of light on broken glass.

- Anton Chekhov

First of all the jokers would talk in such a way that the Lord and His associates would enjoy their humor, which would refresh the morning mood.

- Krishna Book 70: Lord Krsna's Daily Activities

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

- Erma Bombeck

*Brevity is the soul of wit*

- Shakespeare