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A good writer is basically a story teller,
by Isaac Bashevis Singer

A good writer is basically a story teller,
not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

I did not become a vegetarian for my health,
I did it for the health of the chickens.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Doubt is part of all religion.
All the religious thinkers were doubters.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

There will be no justice as long as man will stand
with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

If Moses had been paid newspaper rates for the Ten Commandments,
he might have written the Two Thousand Commandments.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The waste basket is the writer's best friend.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

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A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise.
Because that is how life is - full of surprises.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you keep on saying things are going to be bad,
you have a good chance of being a prophet.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The New England conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't -
it just keeps you from enjoying it.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Life is God's novel.
Let him write it.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

If you keep saying things are going to be bad,
you have a good chance of being a prophet.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

For those who are willing to make an effort,
great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The second half of the twentieth century is a complete flop.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

I am thankful, of course, for the prize and thankful to God for each story,
each idea, each word, each day.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar,
but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

What nature delivers to us is never stale.
Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences.
Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of nonknowledge.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

We must believe in free will, we have no choice.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

We write not only for children but also for their parents.
They, too, are serious children.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Sometimes love is stronger than a man's convictions.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

We have to believe in free-will.
We've got no choice.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The analysis of character is the highest human entertainment.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

People often say that humans have always eaten animals,
as if this is a justification for continuing the practice.
According to this logic, we should not try to prevent
people from murdering other people,
since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

There is great treasure there behind our skull and
this is true about all of us.
This little treasure has great, great powers,
and I would say we only have learnt a very,
very small part of what it can do.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect,
between life and death.
When literature becomes too intellectual -
when it begins to ignore the passions,
the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly,
and actually without substance.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation


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