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On writing

How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
  --- Gaston Bachelard

The pen is the tongue of the mind.
  --- Miguel de Cervantes

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
  --- Joan Didion


You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
 --- Mark Twain

John Linker

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Green Buddhas

On the fruit stand.

We eat the smile

and spit out the teeth.

                       -- Charles Simic

Only begin and the mind grows heated;

Only begin and the task will be completed.

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On Reading

We read to know that we are not alone.

 --- C S Lewis

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

 --- Groucho Marx

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

 --- Voltaire