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It’s you young folks what’s got to make the changes," she said. "Y’all’s the ones. You got to lead and you got to fight and move us all on up a little higher. And I tell you something else, it’s the ones from the South that’s got to do it, them what knows the fire and ain’t forgot how it burns. Up here too many forgits. They finds a place for theyselves and forgits the ones on the bottom. Oh, heap of them talks about doing things, but they done really forgot. No, it’s you young ones what has to remember and take the lead.
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
I try to warn young writers: For Christ’s sake, stop being an intellect. Get your work done. Don’t worry about what you’re doing. Don’t plan anything. Just do it. Throw it up. Throw it up, and then clean up. I was at a bookstore last night and a book clerk there said, ‘I’m having trouble with a novel I’m writing. I do this, I do that.’ I said, ‘Stop that’ — no outlines, no plans. Get your characters to write the book for you. Ahab wrote Moby Dick, Melville didn’t. Montag wrote Fahrenheit 451, I didn’t. If you let your characters live, and get out of their way, then you have a chance of creating something individual.
Ray Bradbury

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Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell - “Politics and the English Language”, 1946
No poet has yet treated the most poignant bereavement of all - that of the man half-way through a detective-story who finds himself at bedtime without the book
P. G. Wodehouse

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