„Sometimes, you get things right the first time. Others, the second. But the third time, they say, is the charm.“
— Sarah Dessen, livro Along for the Ride
Fonte: Along for the Ride
Address at Bennington College (30 October 1984) as published in "Reflections of a Writer: Long Work, Short Life" in The New York Times (20 March 1988)
Contexto: I have written almost all my life. My writing has drawn, out of a reluctant soul, a measure of astonishment at the nature of life. And the more I wrote well, the better I felt I had to write.
In writing I had to say what had happened to me, yet present it as though it had been magically revealed. I began to write seriously when I had taught myself the discipline necessary to achieve what I wanted. When I touched that time, my words announced themselves to me. I have given my life to writing without regret, except when I consider what in my work I might have done better. I wanted my writing to be as good as it must be, and on the whole I think it is. I would write a book, or a short story, at least three times — once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say.
Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one's fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to re-form it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing: The men and things of today are wont to lie fairer and truer in tomorrow's meadow, Henry Thoreau said.
I don't regret the years I put into my work. Perhaps I regret the fact that I was not two men, one who could live a full life apart from writing; and one who lived in art, exploring all he had to experience and know how to make his work right; yet not regretting that he had put his life into the art of perfecting the work.
— Sarah Dessen, livro Along for the Ride
Fonte: Along for the Ride
— Kate DiCamillo, The Magician's Elephant
Fonte: The Magician's Elephant
— Immanuel Kant, livro Crítica da Razão Pura
Critique of Pure Reason (1781; 1787)
— Mark Z. Danielewski, livro House of Leaves
Fonte: House of Leaves
— Beryl Bainbridge English novelist 1932 - 2010
James Vinson & D. L. Kirkpatrick (eds.), Contemporary Novelists, 2nd edition, (London: St. James Press, 1976). http://biography.jrank.org/pages/4121/Bainbridge-Beryl-Margaret-Beryl-Bainbridge-comments.html
— Lionel Richie American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor 1949
Three Times a Lady (1978).
Song lyrics, With the Commodores
— Aristotle, livro Nicomachean Ethics
Book II, 1109a.34 (cf. Nicomachean Ethics, 1131b: ἔστι γὰρ τὸ ἔλαττον κακὸν μᾶλλον αἱρετὸν τοῦ μείζονος [the lesser of two evils is more desirable than the greater])
Original: (el) κατὰ τὸν δεύτερον, φασί, πλοῦν τὰ ἐλάχιστα ληπτέον τῶν κακῶν
— Steve Alten American writer 1959
Interview with New HWA Member Steve Alten http://horror.org/interview-with-new-hwa-member-steve-alten-by-ron-breznay/ (December 7, 2011)
— Richard Dawkins, livro O Gene Egoísta
The Selfish Gene (1976, 1989)
— Margaret Atwood Canadian writer 1939
On Writing Poetry (1995)
Contexto: I no longer feel I'll be dead by thirty; now it's sixty. I suppose these deadlines we set for ourselves are really a way of saying we appreciate time, and want to use all of it. I'm still writing, I'm still writing poetry, I still can't explain why, and I'm still running out of time. Wordsworth was sort of right when he said, "Poets in their youth begin in gladness/ But thereof comes in the end despondency and madness." Except that sometimes poets skip the gladness and go straight to the despondency. Why is that? Part of it is the conditions under which poets work — giving all, receiving little in return from an age that by and large ignores them — and part of it is cultural expectation — "The lunatic, the lover and the poet," says Shakespeare, and notice which comes first. My own theory is that poetry is composed with the melancholy side of the brain, and that if you do nothing but, you may find yourself going slowly down a long dark tunnel with no exit. I have avoided this by being ambidextrous: I write novels too. But when I find myself writing poetry again, it always has the surprise of that first unexpected and anonymous gift.
— Lily Tomlin American actress, comedian, writer, and producer 1939
The same week I had a big story in Newsweek. In one of the magazines it says I live alone, and the other magazine said I live with Jane Wagner. Unless you were so really adamantly out, and had made some declaration at some press conference, people back then didn't write about your relationship.
Metro Weekly interview (2006)
— Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist and science communicator 1958
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Climate Change Deniers from ALL IN with Chris Hayes, MSNBC and also in Bill Maher Show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJhbQIlu4mk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klgp_qDiRhQ
Variante: It has been said that every great emerging scientific truth goes to three phases: First people say: «It can't be true». Second they say: «It conflicts with the bible.» Third they say: «It's true all along.»
— Diana Gabaldon American author 1952
On balancing novel writing with her personal life in “Diana Gabaldon on Her ‘Outlander’ Writing Process & Knowing Sam Heughan Was Jamie” https://collider.com/diana-gabaldon-outlander-interview/ in Collider (2018 Aug 2)
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
— Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948
As quoted in "Ruth Considers Ty Cobb As Greatest of Players" https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/55058790/
— Virgil John Tangborn 1920 - 1944
Mein Kampf review by Vigil Tangborn
— Andrea Dworkin Feminist writer 1946 - 2005
Modern Times Interview of Andrea Dworkin With Larry Josephson, on "Modern Times" (American Public Radio, 1992) (radio program) (transcript of tape (end of tape missing)) http://www.andreadworkin.com/audio/moderntimes.html, as accessed Sep. 5, 2010.
— Chen Shui-bian Taiwanese politician 1950
Speech to the World Federation of Taiwanese Associations, March 17, 2002
Pet Phrases, 2002
— Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914
The Law of Mind (1892)
— Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter
Fonte: Banksy In His Own Words- Interview At The Sun https://web.archive.org/web/20181102203920/http://graffart.eu/blog/2010/09/banksy-in-his-own-words-interview-at-the-sun/, Graffart.eu, Retrieved 2 November 2018