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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Ww August 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness.


Whatever will be, will be.

Revel in uncertainty.

The “what is” is . . . It is What it Is.

What you resist, persists. ~ Adage

Accept what you cannot change.

Get comfortable not knowing.


Wisdom and love are always connected. ~ Lama Surya Das

What if seekers need only ask:  How well do I love?

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Bertrand Russell

The poor seek comfort and happiness through riches; the rich seek comfort and happiness through  possessions; the wise seek comfort and happiness within.

Riches are not from an abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind. ~ Mohammed

An open mind learns more in an hour than a closed mind learns in a year.

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, or a Hell of Heav’n. ~ John Milton

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”  ~ Orson Scott Card


There is only one trait that marks the writer.  He is always watching.  It’s a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it. ~ Morley Callahan 

Whether or not you write well, write bravely. – Bill Stout

Writers reside in a world of imagination, where creativity reigns.  

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. ~ Jules Renard

To succeed in writing, or life, follow the Path of P’s: Purpose, Passion, Patience, and Persistence.

Writing is a solitary occupation.  Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer.  He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. ~ Lawrence Clark Powell

Writing is a dialogue between inner and outer worlds.

The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. ~ John Steinbeck

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. In the end it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life as well.  It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over.  Getting Happy, okay? Getting happy. ~ Stephen King

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”  ~ Edwin Schlossberg


1. cindy - August 16, 2010

That’s all very well for Stephen King to say … he’s laughing all the way to the bank!

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

He’s just trying to discourage new writers! Less competition!

Oh, the noirve of ‘im! : )

2. Loreen Lee - August 16, 2010

Writing is a dialogue between inner and outer worlds.
Well this fits in very well with Global Mysteries recent distinction between conflict and crises. And indeed, revealing the thoughts, and inner world of the characters is an important part of writing I believe. I am so pleased, (for myself) that the psychological novel is growing in popularity.
Also, even when we ‘live’ within the moment of our inner world, we cannot of course cut ourselves apart from involvement in the world…obviously.

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

Good points.

Sharing inner thoughts with the outer world motivates many writers to return to the keyboard.

Loreen Lee - August 16, 2010

I should have said the inner thoughts of the characters within the novel, whatever. Anyway, I’m glad we agree.

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

I changed it for you. (From writers to characters).

And I agree. Novels are rather wooden feeling when we don’t get to glimpse inside the character’s heads.

3. Barbara Gunn - August 16, 2010

“writing” is write on! A part of a writer never sleeps. is always curious and a constant observer. It’s our job!

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

We’re like cats, always watching . . . watching . . . watching.

What a wonderful job to have (even if the pay isn’t much).

4. Agatha82 - August 16, 2010

I agree with King, he worked his arse off to succeed, had two jobs going at once whilst he wrote Carrie. An MS he threw in the bin after he was so frustrated with it, his wife rescued it and encouraged him and so glad she did. He’s a great writer.
Loved all the writer ones, especially the one about not earning a salary…yep, that’s me right now 🙂

nrhatch - August 16, 2010

Same here!

I’m having tons of fun, despite the lack of a paycheck.

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