Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!
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- Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer’s love until death.
- Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.
- Roast Beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy. Seated at Life’s Dining Table, with the menu of Morals before you, your eye wanders a bit over the entr?es, the hors d’oeuvres, and the things ? la though you know that Roast Beef, medium, is safe and sane, and sure.
- A woman can look both moral and exciting — if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
- Wasn’t marriage, like life, unstimulating and unprofitable and somewhat empty when too well ordered and protected and guarded? Wasn’t it finer, more splendid, more nourishing, when it was, like life itself, a mixture of the sordid and the magnificent; of mud and stars; of earth and flowers; of love and hate and laughter and tears and ugliness and beauty and hurt?
- I am not belittling the brave pioneer men but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.