„When one does a thing, it appears good, otherwise one would not write it. Only later comes reflection, and one discards or accepts the thing. Time is the best censor, and patience a most excellent teacher.“

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„Time is still the best critic, and patience the best teacher.“

— Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849
As quoted in Chopin : Pianist and Teacher as Seen by His Pupils.

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„There was only one thing of which he could be certain now. Boredom would not be a serious problem for a considerable time to come.“

— Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008
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„One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.“

— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

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„There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.“

— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005
Quoted by Granville Hicks in The Living Novel: A Symposium (Macmillan, 1957; digitized version in 2006), p. ix

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„one does not only wish to be understood when one writes; one wishes just as surely not to be understood.“

— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„Nine-tenths of the value of a sense of humor in writing is not in the things it makes one write but in the things it keeps one from writing.“

— Robert Benchley American comedian 1889 - 1945
Context: Nine-tenths of the value of a sense of humor in writing is not in the things it makes one write but in the things it keeps one from writing. It is especially valuable in this respect in serious writing, and no one without a sense of humor should ever write seriously. For without knowing what is funny, one is constantly in danger of being funny without knowing it. LIFE magazine (8 March 1929)

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„One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.“

— E. B. White American writer 1899 - 1985
"A Report in January" (30 January 1958), The Points of My Compass: Letters from the East, the West, the North, the South (1962); reprinted in Essays of E.B. White (1977)

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„There is only one good thing in life, and that is love.“

— Guy De Maupassant, The Complete Short Stories of de Maupassant
Context: There is only one good thing in life, and that is love. And how you misunderstand it! how you spoil it! You treat it as something solemn like a sacrament, or something to be bought, like a dress. "The Love of Long Ago"

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