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    Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

    Robert Louis Stevenson
     
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    It makes one think like Patrick White and estimate how books or developments are left in the time allowed. Focus. Focus. Focus.

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    Good prose is like a window pane.

    George Orwell
     
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    The typescript of George Orwell’s latest novel (1984) reached London in mid December, as promised. Warburg recognized its qualities at once (“amongst the most terrifying books I have ever read”) and so did his colleagues. An in-house memo noted “if we can’t sell 15 to 20 thousand copies we ought to be shot”.

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    In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.

    Henry Miller, The Books in My Life
     
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    I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.

    Alice Walker,The Color Purple, 1982
     
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    Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing.

    Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook
     
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    If you have a second job as well as being a writer, it needn’t be as a public intellectual: you might work at the foreign office or you might run a shop, or you could be an engineer; there are actually lots of jobs that feed very well into writing. Jeanette Winterson has a deli.

    Alain de Botton
     
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    My characters are galley slaves.

    Vladimir Nabokov
     

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