I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. . .. We all have to take defeats in life.— Muhammad Ali
Writing is like anything-baseball, playing, piano playing, sewing, hammering nails. The more you work at it, the better you get. But it seems to take a longer time to get better at writing than hammering nails.— Betsy Byars
— Betsy Byars
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.-– George R.R. Martin
I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually, they make the difference between winning and losing.— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
I am a believer in regular work, and [I] never wait for inspiration.— Jack London
Vigorous [strong, effective] writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.— William Strunk, Jr.
The moral is clear: The wisest folks know That it’s so nice to win, but it’s foolish to crow.— Aesop, Greek writer
There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.–Robert Louis Stevenson
Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let others cheer the winning man,— anonymous poem, found in The Book o Virtues, ed. by W. J. Bennett
There’s one I hold worthwhile;
Tis he who does the best he can,
Then loses with a smile.
There is nothing like writing to force you to think and get your thoughts straight.— Warren Buffett
You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments; then the wind blows your footprints away.— Arlene Blum, US mountain climber
We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.— Diogenes, 4th Century BC philosopher
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.— Proverbs 18:13 King James Version (KJV)
Before you speak, listen.—William Arthur Ward
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.