That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.

--  C.C. Colton, Lacon: Preface

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Ahhhhh, personal writings (otherwise known as free sleep aids). Let's call them reflections, interpretations, ponderings, penned walkabouts, or current drafts that attempt to connect -- and to connect me with -- inspiring teachers, fountains of knowledge. On other pages, I have noted some of my fountains and included some of their original expositions. Your thoughts are always welcome. Send them along. Unpack your teachers and fountains. Open-ended and openminded conversations continue.

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The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of authorship.

--  Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and Originality

To write and to live are very different. Many who praise virtue do no more than to praise it.

--  Johnson, Works (Vol. iii, p. 83, Hawkins, ed.)

If the works of the great poets teach anything, it is to hold mere invention somewhat cheap. It is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found, that is of consequence.

--  J.R. Lowell, My Study Windows: Chaucer

The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

--  Samuel Johnson (Boswell, Life, 1775)

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.

--  Pascal, Pensées (#23)

No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

--  Samuel Johnson (Boswell, Life, 1776)

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