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Written poetry is different.
by Adrian Mitchell

Written poetry is different.
Best thing is to see it in performance first,
then read it.
Performance is more provocative.
- Adrian Mitchell

I don't like writing essays or theory.
- Adrian Mitchell

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
- Adrian Mitchell

There have always been poets who performed.
Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
- Adrian Mitchell

 

I want to speak, to sing to total strangers.
It's my way of talking to the world.
- Adrian Mitchell

I use the language I use to my friends.
They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language.
I want them to believe me.
- Adrian Mitchell

I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music.
I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.
- Adrian Mitchell

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Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs.
An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.
- Adrian Mitchell

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.
- Simon and Garfunkel

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

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]

Miracles are a retelling in small letters
of the very same story
which is written across the whole world
in letters too large for some of us to see.
- C. S. Lewis

History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

The very ink with which all history
is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

Life is a moderately good play
with a badly written third act.
- Truman Capote

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland
than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Stephen Leacock

Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written
in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverley Nichols

Every piece of software written today is likely going
to infringe on someone else's patent.
- Miguel de Icaza

I recently reread an article of mine written in 1964,
and I think it is still valid.
There is not much difference.
Many of the items on the agenda 37 years ago are still there.
- Harri Holkeri

I don't read reviews because by then it's too late -
whatever anyone says,
the book won't change.
It is written.
- Jeanette Winterson

I have an existential map.
It has 'You are here' written all over it.
- Steven Wright

One of my greatest pleasures is falling into a story
someone else has written.
- Nora Roberts

I have no idea what readership is of written editorials,
but it doesn't come anywhere close to the readership of editorial cartoons.
- Paul Conrad

I have four shelves covered with journals that I've written.
Dad and I are writing songs together.
I've probably written 100 songs.
- Miley Cyrus

Every company has two organizational structures:
The formal one is written on the charts;
the other is the everyday relationship of the men and
women in the organization.
- Harold S. Geneen

Most books today seemed to have been written overnight
from books read the day before.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

Barton Fink got written very quickly,
in about three weeks.
I don't know what that means.
- Joel Coen

What helped me most were my failures and slumps -
when I couldn't get work,
people weren't interested in me or had written me off.
- Frank Langella

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted,
modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.
- Antonin Artaud

It's funny, when I'm not on the road or doing stuff with Bad Company -
or whatever-
I've always written songs galore...
a lot of stuff people don't even hear.
- Mick Ralphs

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
- Frank Zappa

If you will read again what is written,
you will see how it was.
- Black Elk

Books aren't written - they're rewritten.
Including your own.
It is one of the hardest things to accept,
especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
- Michael Crichton

A great amount has been talked and written about what
constitutes a sufficient balance and what really is
meant by the concepts of "balance" and "deterrence".
- Alva Myrdal

But for me, really, the written word is always stronger than film.
- Terri Windling

And sometimes you have to go above the written law,
I believe.
- Fawn Hall

And I think it's very rare to have good stories,
well written comedies.
- Sophie Marceau

Frankly, I mean, sometimes the interpretations I've
seen on some of the songs that I've written are a lot
more interesting than the input that I put in.
- David Bowie

I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels.
Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad.
- Mark Haddon

A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

I don't think anyone has written a great graphic novel.
- Ted Rall

Something's that written out is okay,
but it's not always a clear indication of what a person means.
- Debbie Harry

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion,
some place, in the air.
All I must do is find it, and copy it.
- Jules Renard

Maybe some people have written us off,
but I think the new music today has also invigorated us.
- Lou Gramm

The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time;
the badly written ones are deeply,
deeply insulting.
That reviewer took no time to really read the book.
- Toni Morrison

The Proclamation does not, indeed, mark out exactly
the course I should myself prefer.
But I am ready to take it just as it is written,
and to stand by it with all my heart.
- Salmon P. Chase

If there's a book you really want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison

Television doesn't make stars.
It's the written media, the press, that makes stars.
- Chevy Chase

The traditions of a nation are very important and the
anthem written by Francis Scott Key in the early days
of our nation should always be revered.
- Lee Greenwood

The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.
- Pablo Casals

You have to write the book that wants to be written.
And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups,
then you write it for children.
- Madeleine L'Engle

I've written several deeply personal songs this year,
which I really love.
Some of them came out of intense sadness.
This has been an extremely difficult year for me.
- David Friedman

I have written a book.
This will come as quite a shock to some.
They didn't think I could read, much less write.
- George W. Bush

I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues,
which are written in the dryest possible prose,
infinitely soothing.
- Howard Hodgkin

There are times when I'm driving home after a day's shooting,
thinking to myself, That scene would've been so much
better if I had written it out.
- Larry David

When fairy tales are written in the west,
they're known as folklore.
In the east, fairy tales are called religions.
- Paul Henderson

I'm mostly a novelist these days, but I have written
short stories in Fantasy,
Science Fiction and horror.
- Sarah Zettel

Your emotional life is not written in cement during childhood.
You write each chapter as you go along.
- Harry Stack Sullivan

And then I wrote my first autobiography when I -
well,
it was 23 years ago.
And since then I've written about one book every two years.
- Joan Collins

Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language,
a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
- Marilyn vos Savant

One gets the impression that this is how Ernest Hemingway
would have written had he gone to Vassar.
- Jack Paar

The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
- John Steinbeck


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