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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: English
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Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind. How few think justly of the thinking few! How many never think, who think they do!

Tags: Few, Mind, Thinking

Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother.

Tags: Help, Mother, Pretty

No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition.

Tags: Himself, Poor, Wants

Love is friendship set on fire.

Tags: Fire, Friendship, Love

Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.

Tags: Him, Revenge, Violence

He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.

Tags: Home, Marriage, Wife

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.

Tags: Language, Soul, Spirit

It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance, for it requires knowledge to perceive it; and, therefore, he that can perceive it hath it not.

Tags: Ignorance, Knowledge, Understand

A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.

Tags: Alone, Fly, Heart

A religion without mystery must be a religion without God.

Tags: God, Mystery, Religion

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.

Tags: Chastity, Friendship, Secrecy

If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.

Tags: Anger, Great, Small

The best theology is rather a divine life than a divine knowledge.

Tags: Best, Knowledge, Life

Conscience in most men, is but the anticipation of the opinions of others.

Tags: Conscience, Men, Others

Dive on them and squash them if you must.

Tags: Dive, Squash

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.

Tags: God, Short, Time

He that is proud of riches is a fool. For if he is exalted above his neighbors because he has more gold, how much inferior is he to a gold mine.

Tags: Fool, Mine, Proud

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.

Tags: Greatest, Ignorance, Learning

When you lie down with a short prayer, commit yourself into the hands of your Creator; and when you have done so, trust Him with yourself, as you must do when you are dying.

Tags: Lie, Trust, Yourself

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.

Tags: Curiosity, Direct, Spirit

Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.

Tags: Act, Reward, Virtue

Habits are the daughters of action, but then they nurse their mother, and produce daughters after her image, but far more beautiful and prosperous.

Tags: After, Beautiful, Mother

He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.

Tags: Friend, Hearts, Together

Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.

Tags: Enemy, Friend, Greatest

Marriage is the mother of the world. It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself.

Tags: Heaven, Marriage, Mother

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.

Tags: Error, Men, Truth
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Whatsoever we beg of God, let us also work for it.

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He that speaketh against his own reason speaks against his own conscience, and therefore it is certain that no man serves God with a good conscience who serves him against his reason.

Tags: God, Good, Him

I've always been a reader and a writer.

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The sooner you learn to finish things, and as a matter of course finish your creative endeavors, the better. It took me a long time to learn that.

Tags: Creative, Learn, Time

When you are young, hone your craft and write shorter pieces instead of novels, because it's really hard to finish a novel.

Tags: Hard, Write, Young

Dialogue is the place that books are most alive and forge the most direct connection with readers. It is also where we as writers discover our characters and allow them to become real.

Tags: Become, Place, Real

During my second draft pass on my last book I made 20,000 words happen in a week, which is practically supernatural for me, and it would never have been possible without three nights in a hotel in my own city.

Tags: Book, Happen, Words

I started blogging in 2006 when I had sold my first novel but it had not yet been published, in those anxious months in between while I learned the whole process.

Tags: Between, Learned, Whole

I think with world building, it's important to create a sense of culture even if it is just a fantasy, and the best way to do that is to look at a real human culture and see what makes it cohesive.

Tags: Best, Human, Real

It's easy to get published once you have written a really good book and the hard part, 99 percent of what you need to worry about, is really finishing it.

Tags: Book, Good, Hard

Never sit staring at a blank page or screen. If you find yourself stuck, write. Write about the scene you're trying to write. Writing about is easier than writing, and chances are, it will give you your way in.

Tags: Give, Writing, Yourself

The biggest challenge for me has been in coping with my perfectionism. I have a stiflingly hard time moving forward in a project if it's not 'just right' all along the way. The trap I so easily fall into is rewriting and rewriting the same scenes over and over to make them perfect, instead of continuing on into the wild unknown of the story.

Tags: Forward, Moving, Time

The main thing I've learned is that we all have to learn to work with - and appreciate - the brain we've been given, and not waste time wishing things were easier.

Tags: Brain, Time, Work

When I turned to writing fantasy, and writing for young people, it was joyous. It was like discovering an underground lake of ideas that went on forever.

Tags: Ideas, Writing, Young
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