Dennis Maust | Essays
That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.
-- C.C. Colton, Lacon: Preface
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.
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)
-- Pascal, Pensées (#23)
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
-- Samuel Johnson (Boswell, Life, 1776)