Friday, June 1, 2007

Update on the Blog. Habit. Half-truths. Handicaps. Handwriting.

Why this Blog?
The purpose of this blog is to gather quotes from all the books I have read, many of which will be unfamiliar to my readers, and group them under topics like "achievement." I am presently only on "g" in volume one of my collected quotes. Seven volumes remain after I complete this one. These quotes are valuable just as ideas to think about but could also be useful in writing and speaking to reinforce your own ideas.

To make your use of the quotes easier, about midway through the quotes in the blog, I began to summarize wordy or convoluted quotes in plain English. You can first find the essence of the quote at the end of the quote in boldface and then read the quote to see if it is useful.

Again, I invite my readers to send their own quotes to add to my list.

Recent topics: "guilt," "greatness," "government," "God," "good," "genius," "greatness," "friendship," "character," "America," "freedom," "fate," "failure," "evil," education," etc.

Here's the beginning of the letter "h."

Habit 276 After one has followed a certain course for some time, everything seems to persuade one that no other is possible. Jewett, A Country Doctor. [Force of habit causes one to think that there is no other course of behavior to follow.]

Half-truths 63 …this is not an authoritative textbook…[but] is a book of thoughts, and it does not shy away from half-truths so long as they seem to hint at a new approach and help to formulate new questions. Hoffer, The True Believer [The True Believer is not a textbook but a book of thoughts, including half-truths if they are useful.]

Handicaps 106 Thornton Wilder: Everyone is born with an array of handicaps--even Mozart, even Sophocles--and acquires new ones. Cowley, ed., Writers at Work. [We are all born with handicaps and acquire new ones as we go on in life.]

Handwriting and Social Class
Handwriting and social class 539 At that time the opinion existed that it was beneath a gentleman to write legibly, or with a hand in the least suitable to a clerk. George Eliot, Middlemarch. [If a gentleman wrote legibly, he was considered no better than a clerk.]

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