Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.Henry David Thoreau, Wednesday, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.John Keats
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.Jesus
A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 pb 93
Funny how people despise platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude.Katharine Fullerton Gerould
A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.