Monday, March 21, 2011

My Ancient Life: Quotations of Note, 6

I’m off at VCCA, writing like a maniac—I hope! Okay, actually today I should be driving home, unless I can't tear myself away.

Here's the last installment of some of my favorite “inspirational” quotations that I hand-copied into a notebook, using my very neatest handwriting, while I was in high school, and spilling into the early years of college.

“Search out both beauty and its opposite, and definition, learn to know and to see them. Otherwise your conception of beauty will be incomplete, saccharine, prettified, sentimental.”
~Konstantin Stanislavsky

“He (the writer) must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed—love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.”
~William Faulkner
speech 1950


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.