The Craft Of Writing Is The Craft Of Thinking

I was learning the craft of poetry, which really was an intensive version of what my mother had taught me all those years ago—the craft of writing as the art of thinking.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Ta-Nehisi Coates Quotes (Author of Between the World and Me). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1214964.Ta_Nehisi_Coates [Accessed 30 Sep. 2019].
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Verbs Over Nouns

So you must wake up every morning knowing that no promise is unbreakable, least of all the promise of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of the universe itself: verbs over nouns, actions over states, struggle over hope.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Ta-Nehisi Coates Quotes (Author of Between the World and Me). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1214964.Ta_Nehisi_Coates [Accessed 30 Sep. 2019].

Loose And Useless Words Must Be Discarded

Poetry aims for an economy of truth—loose and useless words must be discarded, and I found that these loose and useless words were not separate from loose and useless thoughts.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Ta-Nehisi Coates Quotes (Author of Between the World and Me). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1214964.Ta_Nehisi_Coates [Accessed 30 Sep. 2019].

Translating Is Like Looking At A Tapestry From The Wrong Side

Translating from one language to another, unless it is from Greek and Latin, the queens of all languages, is like looking at Flemish tapestries from the wrong side, for although the figures are visible, they are covered by threads that obscure them, and cannot be seen with the smoothness and colour of the right side.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Quotes (Author of Don Quixote). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4037220.Miguel_de_Cervantes_Saavedra [Accessed 29 Sep. 2019].

Didn’t Have A Clue About Women, But Sure Could Plot

I admire Dickens beyond words. He is one of the greatest plotters of all times. Didn’t have a clue about women, but he sure could plot.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Donna Leon Quotes (Author of Death at La Fenice). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16290.Donna_Leon [Accessed 29 Sep. 2019].

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