Historic Ellicott City, Maryland

Words to live and write by

“Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.” Greta Garbo

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” Flannery O’Connor

As his laboratory burned to the ground, Thomas Edison said, “Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh.”

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

“Good morning. I know how it looks. But just start. Nothing is insurmountable.” Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter

“It often took me a full morning of work to write a paragraph.” Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.” Luciano Pavarotti

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” Buddhist saying

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

“I feel the end approaching. Quick, bring me my dessert, coffee, and liqueur.” Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s great aunt Pierette

“I want students to learn that the quality of prose matters in nonfiction; writing matters in history.” Robert Caro, The Paris Review

“Let’s not try to be everything to everybody. We’re individuals. When you think for yourself, you can be tastefully different.” Elliot Gant, shirtmaker who perfected the button-down

“I’m only afraid when I write.” Fran Lebowitz, The Paris Review