In writing and in life…
Robert Louis Stevenson was born on this day in 1850.
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”–Robert Louis Stevenson
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”-Louis L’Amour
“I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.”–Virginia Woolf
“The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.”–Arthur Miller
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“Dialogue in fiction should be reserved for the culminating moments and regarded as the spray into which the great wave of narrative breaks in curving toward the watcher on the shore.”–Edith Wharton
“All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.”–Thomas Carlyle
“An artist without ideas is a mendicant; barren, he goes begging among the hours.”–Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy