Strategic borrowing

It happens this way …

When a writer can’t generate her own words, her best strategy is to borrow from others. Here are some fun quotations that tickle me. I hope they do the same for you.

“The story so far: In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

– Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

– Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson


“To lose one parent may be regarded as misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”

– Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


Reality continues to ruin my life.”

– Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Collection


“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”

– Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man


“The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.”

– Jay McInerney, The Last of the Savages


“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”

– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


“If this typewriter can’t do it, then f*** it, it can’t be done.”

– Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker


“There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.”

– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


“If you think anyone is sane, you just don’t know enough about them.”

– Christopher Moore, Practical Demonkeeping

And two from the ubiquitous Anonymous:



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