“Sincerely, transferring thoughts via written language feels rather like a super-power, or at least smacks of sorcery. Writing ideas or jokes that successfully make the leap to be made manifest in the mind of the reader feels pretty terrific. I am grateful for the opportunity to take a swing at that practice.”
– Nick Offerman
(On what writing is)
“Telepathy, of course. It’s amusing when you stop to think about it–for years people have argued about whether or not such a thing exists, folks like J. B. Rhine have busted their brains trying to create a valid testing process to isolate it, and all the time it’s been right there, lying out in the open like Mr. Poe’s Purloined Letter. All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation.”
— Stephen King
“I do believe—and this is my mantra—that you can’t effectively educate without entertaining. I often say that I have the high school transcripts to prove it. I barely made it out of high school. I did. Because nothing made a bit of sense. I have to have connection.
The greatest, unexpected joy for me about making Good Eats is—and this is going to sound terrible—but it’s made me smart. Because I used to be, “Well, there’s physics [indicates a section of the table] and there’s biology and there’s chemistry over there and I don’t know what the hell that’s about, and over here’s this.” And through food, I’ve come to understand something of each of those through their connectivity, by connecting them. By connecting the dots between anatomy and chemistry and history and anthropology, I’ve come to appreciate all of that and understand something of all of that.”
— Alton Brown, interview with GoodEatsFanPage.com
“The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same as for love. No one can really hold that the ecstasy should be static and stand still in one place.
It begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky event, and ends in a clarification of life — not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion. It has denouement.”
— Robert Frost
“I’m afraid I live and breathe the horrific stereotype of the writer camped at a table in the corner of the coffee shop, hunched over his notebook, inches away from a giant neon arrow and sign that that says, ‘Behold His Creativity’.
Why the coffee shop works for me I don’t know, although I have read articles putting forward theories about how certain levels of ambient noise are conducive to creative thinking, so who knows. Maybe it’s just the coffee.”
— James Roberts, on his writing process
“You gather an audience, you do a headstand to get everyone’s attention, and then you’re free to explore beauty, poetry, truth, the human condition, what you will. Now that’s an education.”
— David Ives, on theatrics and teaching
“It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical will live the relation to another as something alive.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.
And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
― C.S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”