Quotes and aphorisms can be very helpful little teaching moments for writers and other creatives, basically all of us thinkers. They’re also really good reality checks. Many of these are again from the Bo Sack’s marketing newsletters I get on my day job and they all involve skills you need as a writer, especially as a poet.
Of course my thoughts have been moving toward civic life lately and how writing becomes more of a moral obligation than a personal one. With that in mind, remember to check your narcissism this year. The world is gettin' crazy out there.
"All generalizations are dangerous, even this one." Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870)
"Many an optimist has become rich by buying out a pessimist." Robert G. Allen
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see." Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." Jonathan Swift
"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save." Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)
"Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading." M. Trevelyan (1876 - 1962)
"Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working." Anonymous
"What really decides consumers to buy or not to buy is the content of your advertising, not its form." David Ogilvy
"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new." Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
"When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?'" Don Marquis (1878 - 1937)
"If it's a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny." Steven Wright
"The net's future is far from assured, and history offers much warning. Within a few decades of Gutenberg's creation, princes and priests moved to restrict the right to print books." Vint Cerf
"Fascism is capitalism plus murder." Upton Sinclair
"A desire to avoid oblivion is the natural possession of any artist." Licoln Kirstein