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A man who writes for a living does not have to go ...
by C. S. Forester

A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular,
and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.
- C. S. Forester

Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know.
- C. S. Forester

I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write;
to think only of my own tastes and ideals,
without a thought of those of editors or publishers.
- C. S. Forester

Novel writing wrecks homes.
- C. S. Forester

 

With two people and luggage on board she draws four inches of water.
Two canoe paddles will move her along at a speed reasonable
enough in moderate currents.
- C. S. Forester

There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin
at the beginning at to continue to the end.
- C. S. Forester

I have heard of novels started in the middle,
at the end, written in patches to be joined together later,
but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this.
- C. S. Forester

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The fools ran after me and I ran after the whores,
foolish though I realized such a proceeding to be.
- C. S. Forester

I must be like the princess who felt the pea through seven mattresses;
each book is a pea.
- C. S. Forester

The work is with me when I wake up in the morning;
it is with me while I eat my breakfast in bed and run through the newspaper,
while I shave and bathe and dress.
- C. S. Forester

They managed to find time...
to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted
for service and that really I should be surprised to still be alive.
- C. S. Forester

There is still need to think and plan,
but on a different scale, and along different lines.
- C. S. Forester

A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist
to move hearth and home elsewhere.
He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out
of the clutches of bothersome hosts.
- C. S. Forester

Perhaps that suspicion of fraud enhances the flavor.
- C. S. Forester

Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with
the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood,
and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.
- C. S. Forester

The doctor who applied a stethoscope to my heart was not satisfied.
I was told to get my papers with the clerk in the outer hall.
I was medically rejected.
- C. S. Forester

When I die there may be a paragraph or two in the newspapers.
My name will linger in the British Museum Reading Room
catalogue for a space at the head of a long list of
books for which no one will ever ask.
- C. S. Forester

The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher.
It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out
of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day.
- C. S. Forester

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

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.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

There is a sufficiency in the world
for man's need but not for man's greed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is but the product of his thoughts -
what he thinks, he becomes.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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


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