“But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude – and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating. It echoed loudly within him because he was hollow at the core…”
Joseph Conrad – excerpt from Heart of Darkness
“People rush about in a frenzy to shorten time and widen space, and in so doing lose both.”
“Greater is the man who can say, leave, and is done, than the man who says, stays, and is done!”
“Speech was given to man to hide his thoughts.”
“Reading a good book is the expectancy of a new revelation or insight that lends comfort in knowing your thoughts are not alone.”
Better to know and not need than to need and not know.
Make sure you have invested well in your devices
for when you are left to them
what will become of you?
He fed his demons with growing frequency,
they assumed the position of prominence
and consumed him wholly,
he could offer no more.
A novel is a mirror taken for a ride along a path
Saint – Réal
“Listen. There is no use writing anything that has been written before unless you can beat it. What a writer in our time has to do is write what hasn’t been written before or beat dead men at what they have done. The only way he can tell how he is going is to compete with dead men. Most live writers do not exist. Their fame is created by critics who always need a genius of the season, someone they understand completely and feel safe praising, but when these fabricated geniuses are dead they will not exist. The only people for a serious writer to compete with are the dead that he knows are good. It is like a miler running against the clock rather than simply trying to beat whoever is in the race with him. Unless he runs against time he will never know what he is capable of attaining.”
Exerpt from Monologue to the Maestro – Ernest Hemingway