Edward Hopper: Painting words

“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. “

—Edward Hopper, painter (1882-1967).

Pierre Bayle: No less wit nor less invention

Pierre Bayle

Pierre Bayle (Photo credit: Stifts- och landsbiblioteket i Skara)

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. –Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706)


Mark Twain: Truth and fiction

Official portrait of Mark Twain in his DLitt (...

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

Mark Twain

Anais Nin: Living ideas

English: Photograph of Anaïs Nin as a teenager...

English: Photograph of Anaïs Nin as a teenager, circa 1920. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living

.Anais Nin

Marcus Tullius Cicero: Being sorry

Cicero, Kopiezeichnung einer Büste aus London ...

Cicero, Kopiezeichnung einer Büste aus London (Herzog Wellington) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone. ”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Anatole France: Vain sounds

English: Anatole France

English: Anatole France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them. –Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (1844-1924)