Thomas Wolfe, one of America’s greatest novelists, starts off this round of profound quotes.  If you’ve never read “Of Time And The River,” I highly recommend it.  It is a pure and simple example of The Great American Novel.  And one by a nonpareil poet who wrote his verse as prose.
Have a great POET’S Day, one and all!
Patrick The Poet
All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, and the lover to the love he has forsaken.
–Thomas Wolfe, “Of Time and the River”
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
–Sir Winston Churchill
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
–George Horace Lorimer
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
–Christopher Hampton
I have always admired the insular closed-mindedness which fundamentalists possess, a quality which allows them to filter the chaff from the wheat. And eat the chaff.
–Jim Acker
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny…”
–Isaac Asimov
It is as useless to argue with those that have renounced the use and authority of reason as to argue with the dead.
–Thomas Paine
You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place.
–Jonathan Swift
It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.
–Edmund Way Teale, “Circle of the Seasons,” 1950
This mesa plain had an appearance of great antiquity, and of incompleteness; as if, with all the materials for world-making assembled, the Creator had desisted, gone away and left everything on the point of being brought together, on the eve of being arranged into mountain, plain, plateau. The country was still waiting to be made into a landscape.
–Willa Cather
If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
–Lewis Carroll
Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.
–Tom Krause
The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.
–Morrie Schwartz