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Albert Einstein
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
Dylan Thomas
I fell in love – that is the only expression I can think of – at once, and am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy.
Eddie Cantor
It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.
Edward Abbey
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
e e cummings
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.
Eyler Coates
We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually produce a masterpiece. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Gustave Flaubert
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Going to the Opera is like making love; we get bored but we come back.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
John Steinbeck
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Leonard Cohen
Ring the bells that still can ring;
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
That's how the light gets in.
Montaigne
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
Paul Sweeney
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
Peter Altenberg
I never dreamed of being Shakespeare or Goethe, and I never expected to hold the great mirror of truth up before the world; I dreamed only of being a little pocket mirror, the sort that a woman can carry in her purse; one that reflects small blemishes, and some great beauties, when held close enough to the heart.
Robert Frost
In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money.
Satchel Paige
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Thomas Mann
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
V S Naipaul
The writer has only to listen very carefully and with a clear heart to what people say to him, and ask the next question, and the next.

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Why I Need To Write?

‘The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy,’ wrote Gustave Flaubert in a letter in 1858. Though I am not as great a skeptic as Flaubert, I can vouch for the fact that he knew what he was saying.

Well-chosen words can have an almost chimerical quality. They can bring to your face that dimpled smile, or have you in splits with their daggers of wit. They can make you wax nostalgic with ineffable emotions, or send you searching for the tissue paper with which to wipe your tears.

Early in life did I learn the magic that words can work, and I have been fortunate to have not forgotten its power through adolescence into adulthood.


I wish to write because no other thing excites me as much as words strung together beautifully like pearls on the thread of meaning. I wish to write so well that my reader cannot put me down even if he has his seat on a burning stove or a juggernaut hurtling towards him or a million other chores to do. Nothing less than this will do.


Often while reading a remarkably excellent novel or short-story or poetry, I have thanked the author for penning it and wondered when I will put my wits together to write as well as that.
I hope that someday I break my shackles of indolence finally and get down to doing what I have always wanted to do and always known I’ll end up doing!

12 Comments:

    "I wish to write because no other thing excites me as much as words strung together beautifully like pearls on the thread of meaning."
    All my life I wanted to be an author.
    I might work as a consultant in two years' time, but I'd still want my works to be published. My first book was the one of the best things that happened. I just want more now. And I hope I'll never grow too old or too tired to pursue this passion. And never think of giving up writing like I once did. (around March-April 2006)

    (btw, is that eye test necessary? )

    What???????? Even a person like you thought of giving up writing? Just shows what a stuggle it is to be a writer... I always wanted to be a writer since school, even now when I'm blindly pursuing things to which I would not care about to give a second thought...

    What eye test are you talking about? Is it about the reader not being able to put it down or is it the second para - dimpled smiles and all?

    Where do you hail from, Abhinav?

    I hail from India. And thanks Beth, for dropping by and having a look!!!

    You have a deepness to your writing that I knew was not American. Thank you for letting me know.

    Thanks a lot, Beth! That's so flattering, it is almost embarassing ;-)
    On a serious note, I do love American authors like Richard Bach, Walt Whitman and many others who seek a darkness and depth to their writing...
    I would like to know what you think of my entry. It's up at #23.

    I enjoyed your entry, Abhinav. It had an ethnic flavor, of course, that I knew wasn't American. I thought I had written that there. Now the contest is over and there's always a bit of sadness with that. I enjoy reading all the entries quite a lot.

    Wow - you are so young and you write with such depth of emotion? No need to ask if you are a writer for you were born a writer.

    Thanks a ton Ello. It is when we are young that we need kind words. :-)

    I have my nose in books due to exams. :( Will check out more of your blog later.

    Lovely and emboldening writing, Abhinav. Almost a manifesto. I'm so happy you've found what moves you. Some people live their whole lives without being so lucky.

    And you will succeed. Your wellsprings of emotion and dedication assure me of it.

    Thanks Sarah!!! It means a lot to me coming from a person whose writing I absolutely adore.

    A simple need backed by a valid reason written clearly. Nice work friend.

 

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