History should not just be perceived as just politics and the military. it involves the whole realm of human expression and human experience. And to leave out music, art, literature, architecture, dance, poetry, drama is to leave out not just color and flavor and sound, but a lot of the soul of a culture. Many civilizations are known only for their art.
That's all as much a part of the American reality and the American story as our expected protagonists of history. In this one performance we have musicians, dancers, people speaking great literature, singing, architecture, all working at once. And we should never ever take it for granted.
You know that your children will read. They will read books and they will read magazines and newspapers. Cultivate within them a taste for the best. While they are very young, read to them the great stories which have become immortal because of the virtues they teach. Expose them to good books. Let there be a corner somewhere in your house, be it ever so small, where they will see at least a few books of the kind upon which great minds have been nourished.
We ought to foster education and intelligence of every kind; cultivate literary tastes, and men of literary and scientific talent should improve that talent; and all should magnify the gifts which God has given unto them. … If there is anything good and praiseworthy in morals, religion, science, or anything calculated to exalt and ennoble man, we are after it. But with all our getting, we want to get understanding, and that understanding which flows from God.
This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book--it makes a very poor doorstop.
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
There is no mistaking the dismay on the face of a writer who has just heard that his brainchild is a deformed idiot.
There is a technical, literary term for those who mistake the opinions and beliefs of characters in a novel for those of the author. The term is "idiot".
Now heavy clouds are darkening the sky and rain is beginning to fall. I have shut all the windowsof my downstairs room and while I write to you I enjoy the sight of the falling rain... The genle, dusky, new summer rain over the green fields all around me is beautiful... If I could protray in my essay the deep duskiness of this heavy summer day, if I could give to my readers the greenness of Shelidah's fields in some permanent form, how would it be? In my books I have said so many things in so many ways, but where can I find this array of clouds, this movement of branches, this ceasless fall of rain,this thick-shadowed embracement of earth and sky? How naturally this rainy day gathers over the solitude of the fields, over the earth and the water and the sky; how the sunless mid-afternoon of idle cloudy June gathers around me, and yet I can leave no trace of all this in my writings!
Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times? ...As if something were left between teh pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells... and then when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you, like a pressed flower... both strange and familiar.
Do no put statements in the negative form. And don't start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.