“When someone is trying to interpret something for you, they always have an agenda.”
—Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller
“Percentages refer to the number of errors that were in the document before editing. Therefore, if an editor corrects 95% of the errors that exist in a piece, 5% of the errors remain.
This is different than _introducing_ errors. That is considered a grievous offence in publishing.
No, it is not reasonable to expect something to be error free. It is not what humans can do — especially not after a single effort. Computers can’t do it either.
If you step 95% closer to the wall with each step, you will never reach the wall. But the more steps you take, the closer you will get.
If they want perfection, your clients will have to hire more editors, as each will bring them closer to the wall (perfection).”
* Please note that the word “offence” is written as the author intended. Depending on where you live or where you’re from (such as overseas), it can be written with an ‘s’ or a ‘c.’
“I can see you have a great deal of water in your personality. Water never waits. It changes shape and flows around things, and finds the secret paths no one else has thought about — the tiny hole through the roof or the bottom of the box. There’s no doubt it’s the most versatile of the five elements. It can wash away earth; it can put out fire; it can wear a piece of metal down and sweep it away. Even wood, which is its natural complement, can’t survive without being nurtured by water. And yet, you haven’t drawn on those strengths in living your life, have you?”
― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Boy, I can relate!
“There’s a short circuit between my brain and my tongue, thus ‘Leave me the fuck alone’ comes out as ‘Well, maybe. Sure. I guess I can see your point.'”
—David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
“Creativity demands nothing less than all you have. It means revealing murderous rage, the marksman behind the writing desk, the inner demons that confound us all. How can creativity be other than a terrifying force full of unexpected turnings? If you give your life to creativity, you give up forever the promise to be a good girl. Creativity will inevitably lead you to give away dark family secrets. It will lead you into the labyrinth to face the minotaur. You can’t face the minotaur and stay a good girl. You can’t look the minotaur in the eye and continue to silence the artist in yourself.”
—Erica Jong, Fear of Fifty
“Your world doesn’t make your life. Your life makes your world. Create a hostile world, you create a hostile life; create a loving, peaceful world, you create a loving, peaceful life. Live in a way you want your world to be.”
“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”
—Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Know the chink in your armor.”
“If a battle cannot be won, do not fight it.”
“I hate when a director says to me ‘Here’s how I envision this scene’…excuse me? It’s right here in the script—I ‘envisioned’ it FOR you. Do what I wrote. If you want to ‘envision’, you should become a writer. Where the fuck were you when the page was blank?”