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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
Crystalline, you post on critics brought to mind this little quote from Robert A. Heinlein. It appears in "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long," a part of his novel "Time Enough for Love."

A “critic” is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased—he hates all creative, people equally.

I say, Right on, Lazarus. :appl:


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"Every drug addict is exactly the same; every alcoholic is crazy in his own particular way."

(close to what Terry Hayes wrote in "I Am Pilgrim."



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Cattleman, "A “critic” is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased—he hates all creative, people equally."
I don't think that's the case. Some critics love some creative people and destroy others; and the rest of the "sheeple" follow/believe what the critics say, repeat the praise or the negative comments, and that's how reputations are established or destroyed. I have met very few people who have the guts to say "I don't like this", if some renown person praises a piece of art, or a book, or music, etc. I have seen some movies, read some best sellers, etc., which I feel were highly over-rated. But maybe it's just me, maybe I have strange taste...to each his own :)!!!



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"I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories."

This is of course a quote from my favorite writer, Ray Bradbury. I love his stories, and I love his passion for the library.


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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
I just heard this while watching re runs of the TV show, "The West Wing".

A man is walking down the street and falls into a hole.
While the man is down in the hole, a doctor walks by. "Hey doc, I'm stuck down here in this hole, could you help me out", says the man.
The doctor writes a prescription and throws it down into the hole.
Then, a priest comes walking along, "Hey father, I'm stuck down here in this hole, could you help me out", says the man.
The priest writes down a prayer and throws it down into the hole.
Then a friend walks by the hole, "Hey Jack, I'm stuck down this hole, could you help me out", says the man.
The friend then jumps into the hole with the man. "Hey Jack, why did you jump in the hole with me, now we are both stuck"
The friend says, "But I have been stuck down this hole before, and I know the way out"

More of a story than a quote, but it has a great message.

Oh, just saw another, it's the tag line under my avatar, "Friends don't let friends read junk", :lol: . Written by one of the many clever members here on BT.



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Took an old book from my shelf, "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz. He is a prolific writer as many of you know. I read this book years ago and had forgotten what it was all about. Here's a small excerpt that was noteworthy:

"Where he stood now was at that point in any dangerous enterprise when the mind either sharpens to meet the escalating challenge or proves too dull for the duel, when the heart either becomes a guiding compass or shrinks from the journey, when success becomes a possibility or not."

And: "A psychologically mature person looks for the positive in every situation, for no experience is entirely negative".

Little jewels like that is what makes writing good, IMHO .
I'll have to read more of his writing.



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Crystalline wrote:
Took an old book from my shelf, "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz. He is a prolific writer as many of you know. I read this book years ago and had forgotten what it was all about. Here's a small excerpt that was noteworthy:

"Where he stood now was at that point in any dangerous enterprise when the mind either sharpens to meet the escalating challenge or proves too dull for the duel, when the heart either becomes a guiding compass or shrinks from the journey, when success becomes a possibility or not."

And: "A psychologically mature person looks for the positive in every situation, for no experience is entirely negative".

Little jewels like that is what makes writing good, IMHO .
I'll have to read more of his writing.


I haven't read any Dean Koontz. What would you recommend I start with?


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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
Ashamed to admit, I only read THE GOOD GUY so far, but liked it a lot. Somebody just made a remark to me that LIGHTENING is one of his best. Here's a quote from Amazon reviews: "Again, I love Koontz, and strongly recommend books like WATCHERS, MR. MURDER, INTENSITY, ODD THOMAS, VELOCITY, and THE HUSBAND. This book (Lightening) is reasonably entertaining, but I wouldn't recommend it as your first Koontz novel. Please keep in mind, though, that some people just adore this novel, so it just shows how tastes can differ. The great thing about Koontz is that not all of his books are the same, so you never know what to expect."
I definitely intend to read more of Koontz in the very near future. I'm not an avid reader, since I also paint. I invite you to take a look at my web site
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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
About Dean Koontz: Over the years, I have read so many of his books that I have lost track. I will post some below that I remember liking especially well. Koontz writes 'page turners.' I mean that in a good way, you don't want to put the book down. Here are a few I recommend, in no particular order (Note: Koontz writes horror/supernatural, science fiction, and mystery).
"The Bad Place," "Dark Rivers of the Heart," "Mr. Murder," "The Darkest Evening of the Year," "Watchers," "Whispers," "The Good Guy," and his latest, "The City."

By the way, my favorite quote by Koontz is from "The Darkest Evening of the Year": "In self defense, and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin."

Postscript 1. In many of his 'quotes' Koonz cites "The Book of Counted Sorrows." Don't look for it; it does not exist. It is his homegrown source when he can't find a 'real' quote.

Postscript 2. Look for the golden retrievers in his stories, he has a thing for them. He owned one named Trixie. Look under his page in Fantastic Fiction, http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk for a list of the Trixie books.


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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
"In self defense, and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin."

Tim O'Brien in "The Things they carried," came to the same conclusion. After describing his excruciating personal agony trying to decide whether to flee to Canada and avoid the draft of Vietnam wrote this conclusion. [driving back from the Canadian boarder]
"The day was cloudy. I passed through towns with familiar names, through the pine forests and down to the prairie, and then to Vietnam, where I was a soldier, and then home again. I survived, but it's not a happy ending. I was a coward. I went to the war."



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Cattleman wrote:
By the way, my favorite quote by Koontz is from "The Darkest Evening of the Year": "In self defense, and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin."


I happen to have that book on my shelf. I don't remember buying it, but it's on my To Read list now.


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Two quotations, if I may...

One not related to a book - **You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.** (Sorry, had to use the * sign since my quotes and apostrophe key burned out on my laptop, haha...)

And the second from an Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None - “In the midst of life, we are in death.” (Copied and pasted, that is why there are quotation marks there... haha)


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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
JokerMagician: Your "I'm sorry" -- twice already :lol: -- led me to yet another quote:

"Never apologize (sometimes "Never explain yourself"), your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it." -Multiple sources. :tease:


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Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.

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Post Re: Do you have a quote to share? Funny? Positive? Thought Provoking?
Cattleman wrote:
JokerMagician: Your "I'm sorry" -- twice already :lol: -- led me to yet another quote:

"Never apologize (sometimes "Never explain yourself"), your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it." -Multiple sources. :tease:



I like that quotation! hahaa Where was the other *sorry*? In another post? hahaha

Another quote (unrelated to any book I think... I dunno... ) -

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Napoleon Bonaparte


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