This comes from my fiction professor, Jess Row. Thought it could be a nice resource for other writers. I’m also using it as a list for myself, so that’s why you see the cross-outs. Italics are writers not on the original list, but writers that I’ve been recommended and may be older than writers on this list.
“I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.”—Jack Kerouac (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)
“Truth has to be given in riddles. People can’t take truth if it comes charging at them like a bull. The bull is always killed. You have to give people the truth in a riddle, hide it so they go looking for it and find it piece by piece; that way they learn to live with it.”—
—Chaim Potok, from The Gift of Asher Lev
Thanks for reminding me of this mind-enlivening piece of art.
“[I had the idea that the world’s so full of pain
it must sometimes make a kind of singing.]
And that the sequence helps, as much as order helps—
First an ego, and then pain, and then the singing.”—Robert Hass, from “Faint Music” (via the-final-sentence)