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Put tenderness into your words when you speak, for then they will fall like seeds in the warm ground. Do not use harsh words, for they shatter. Only rocks can take hammering.
Anni Korpela


I got to thinking about the point in every freelancer's life where he has to decide whether he wants to A, have a social life, and do art in his spare time, or B, do art, and have a social life in his spare time. It has always seemed to me that if you have any hope of making a living as an artist – writer, musician, whatever – you absolutely must learn to tell people to leave you alone, and to mean it, and to eject them from your life if they don't respect that. This is necessary not because your job is more important than anyone else's – it isn't – but because a great many people will think of you as not having a job. 'Oh, how wonderful – you can work whenever you want to!' Well, yes, to a point, but generally 'whenever you want to' had better be most of the time, or else you won't have a roof over your head.
Poppy Z. Brite

You shouldn't change what you are in the search for success. 
Sissy Spacek 
...about not changing her name when she became an actress

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its behind. 
Joseph Stilwell

Measure your minds height by the shadow it casts.
Rex Stout

You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday. 
Jonathan Swift

I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. 
Herbert Bayard Swope

Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks. 
Dottie Walters

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. 
Oscar Wilde

Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed. 
P. G. Wodehouse