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7 great American writers on writing



Ernest Hemingway once said “All American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” As much as we love our Ernest, we beg to differ. It’s not just the amazing books Americans have written, which cause us to contradict Papa’s viewpoint. It’s the words of wisdom these masters have shared about their craft.

John Steinbeck

Ernest Hemingway

Elmore Leonard

Toni Morrison

Stephen King

Henry Miller

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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20 quotes on IDEAs

1. “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” – Albert Einstein

2. “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

3. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde

4. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck

5. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

6. “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

7. “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead

8. “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” – Ovid

9. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

10. “No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

11. “Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” – Thomas Edison

12. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.” – Charles Peguy

13. “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” – Emile Chartier

14. “I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.” – Samuel Goldwyn

15. “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” – Charles Dickens

16. “Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?” – Albert Einstein

17. “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

18. “The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.” – Henry Ford

19. “Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas.” – Harvey Firestone

20. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash

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