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Quote Left Another piece of advice: when you proofread cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. You have so many modifiers that the reader has trouble understanding and gets worn out. It is comprehensible when I write: The man sat on the grass, because it is clear and does not detain one's attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully. The brain can't grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously. And then one other thing; you are lyrical by nature. The timber of your soul is soft. If you were a composer you would avoid writing marches. It is unnatural for your talent to curse, shout, taunt, denounce with rage. Therefore, you'll understand if I advise you, in proofreading, to eliminate the sons of bitches, curs, and flea-bitten mutts that appear here and there on the pages of Life. Quote Right
Quote Left Man is what he believes. Quote Right
Quote Left 'Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.' Quote Right
Quote Left Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be. Quote Right
Quote Left Wherever there is degeneration and apathy, there also is sexual perversion, cold depravity, miscarriage, premature old age, grumbling youth, there is a decline in the arts, indifference to science, and injustice in all its forms. Quote Right
Quote Left We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. Quote Right
Quote Left Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. Quote Right
Quote Left If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry. Quote Right
Quote Left A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer. He is a man who has signed a contract with his conscious and his sense of duty. Quote Right
Quote Left People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them. Quote Right
Quote Left One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. Quote Right
Quote Left When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams. Quote Right