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Quotes for Writing and Creating

by H. Court Young

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me. Scott Adams

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. Josh Billings

One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide. Charles Horton Cooley

Writing is manual labor of the mind: a job, like laying pipe. John Gregory Dunne

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor. Andre Gide

The most profound things are inexpressible. Jenny Holzer

Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie. John LeCarre

The fact that writers will go through so much to remain writers says something, perhaps everything. It would be far easier (and nearly always more profitable) to become a real estate agent. Maria Lenhart

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. Michelangelo

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. Michelangelo

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. Anais Nin

You've gotta be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for? Bernadette Peters

The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. John Ruskin

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. Robert Schumann

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. Isaac Bashevis Singer

I don't invent characters because the Almightly has already invented millions. Just like experts at fingerprints do not create fingerprints but learn how to read them. Isaac Bashevis Singer

You know... that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum - a canvas - a piece of film - or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something - that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you. Edward Steichen

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. Gertrude Stein

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. Paul Strand

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Oscar Wilde

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. Emile Zola

If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. Les Brown

There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply. Josh Billings

Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience. Randolph Bourne

Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience. Clarence Day

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. John W. Gardner

Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward. Soren Kierkegaard

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. Mark Twain

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. Howard Aiken

People of medicore ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to. George Allen

I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. Edward Appleton

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. Alexander Graham Bell

Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlive its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning. Gary Ryan Blair

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. Les Brown

It's called a pen. It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain. Dale Dauten

It's time to reappreciate the original software: paper. Dale Dauten

Real riches are the riches possessed inside. B. C. Forbes

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. Napoleon Hill

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design. Tim Berners-Lee

What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful. Blaine Lee

All lasting business is built on friendship. Alfred A. Montapert

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures. Tom Peters

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Arthur Ashe

Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance. Arthur Schopenhauer

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Charles A. Beard

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; We must do. Goethe

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments. Henry Ward Beecher

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results. James Allen

Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. James Bryant Conant

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. Louisa May Alcott

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great successful men of the world have used their imagination ... they think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building -- steadily building. Robert Collier

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. Storm Jameson

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1820 (1780 - 1832)

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)

Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it. David Sedaris, interview in Louisville Courier-Journal, June 5, 2005 American writer

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. Edwin Schlossberg

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. Henry David Thoreau US Transcendentalist author (1817 - 1862)

It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them. Isabel Colegate

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. Joan Didion US author & journalist (1934 - )

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything. John Irving US novelist (1942 - )

Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility. Katherine Paterson, The Spying Heart, 1989

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long. Leonard Bernstein US composer & conductor (1918 - 1990)

I write because Iím afraid to say some things out loud. Real Live Preacher, Real Live Preacher weblog, 03-13-05
Anonymous author of RealLivePreacher.com

This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what youíre doing, or it comes out flat. You canít fake your way through this. Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 29, 2004
Anonymous author of RealLivePreacher.com

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. Robert Heinlein US science fiction author (1907 - 1988)

If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write. Stephen King, On Writing, p. 147
US horror novelist & screenwriter (1947 - )

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. W. Somerset Maugham
English dramatist & novelist (1874 - 1965)

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London US adventurer, author, & sailor (1876 - 1916)

So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. Brenda Ueland

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)

Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him. Cicero Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC - 43 BC)

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances. Martha Washington US wife of George Washington 1759 (1732 - 1802)

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James US Pragmatist philosopher & psychologist (1842 - 1910)

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were. David Rockefeller US banker (1915 - )

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol US artist (1928 - 1987)

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett US actress & comedienne (1936 - )

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations
Roman Emperor, A.D. 161-180 (121 AD - 180 AD)

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale US clergyman (1898 - 1993)

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul. Rebecca West
Irish critic, journalist, & novelist (1892 - 1983)

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei
Italian astronomer & physicist (1564 - 1642)

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Frank Herbert US science fiction novelist (1920 - 1986)

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Isaac Newton, From Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1855)
English mathematician & physicist (1642 - 1727)

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent. Isaac Newton English mathematician & physicist (1642 - 1727)

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust
French novelist (1871 - 1922)

There is no harm in doubt and scepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made. Richard Feynman, Letter to Armando Garcia J, December 11, 1985 US educator & physicist (1918 - 1988)

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person. Dr. David M. Burns

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke, "A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful", 1756 Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)

I've grown certain that the root of all fear is that we've been forced to deny who we are. Frances Moore Lappe, O Magazine, May 2004

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. George Sewell

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them. Marilyn Ferguson

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. Michael Pritchard

To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves...We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here--with its gift of energy and heightened awareness--so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation. Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid. John Keats English lyric poet (1795 - 1821)

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. Benjamin Disraeli British politician (1804 - 1881)

The only cure for grief is action. George Henry Lewes

Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured. Homer, The Odyssey
Greek epic poet (800 BC - 700 BC)

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. Cherie Carter-Scott, "If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules"

If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? Dolores Huerta

The hatred you're carrying is a live coal in your heart - far more damaging to yourself than to them. Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. Denis Watley

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, July 2003 US actress & television talk show host (1954 - )

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia. Unknown
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Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies. Charles E. Jefferson (1860 - 1937)

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln 16th president of US (1809 - 1865)

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. Baruch Spinoza Dutch Jewish philosopher (1632 - 1677)

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand
US (Russian-born) novelist (1905 - 1982)

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller US blind & deaf educator (1880 - 1968)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)

Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination. Roy M. Goodman

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison US inventor (1847 - 1931)


H. Court Young
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 ©August, 2007

H. Court Young on the dump of the Orphan Boy mine in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains

  The Orphan Boy, A Love Affair with Mining

The Orphan Boy mine was started in Colorado's glory days. It was reopened in 1948 by one man, Herbert T. Young, who had a passion for mining. He was a member of the "greatest generation."

The Orphan Boy, A Love Affair with Mining tells the story of this mine in the rich Montezuma Mining District of central Colorado and of the man who had "A Love Affair with Mining."

This book is for the geologist, the historian, the sportsperson and the miner at heart!



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