Monday, June 17, 2013

Quotations on thinking, speaking and writing (20)

“People who think that grammar is just a collection of rules and restrictions are wrong. If you get to like it, grammar reveals the hidden meaning of history, hides disorder and abandonment, links things and brings opposites together. Grammar is a wonderful way of organising the world how you’d like it to be.”
Delphine de Vigan (pictured)

“Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven.”
Walter Benjamin

“In recent years I’ve tutored students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism whose writing is disorganized almost beyond human help, but they seldom mention ‘writing’ as what they came to the school to learn. They are here to study ‘new media,’ or ‘digital media,’ or ‘electronic journalism,’ or ‘videography,’ or some other glamorous new skill.” 
~William Zinsser

“The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.”
~Christopher Morley

“Dear God, please make me stop writing like a woman, for Jesus Christ’s sake, amen.”
~Dorothy Parker

The Takeaway: Keep an open mind.

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