In some of my meanderings at Read, Write & Brew, I came across a book entitled The Delights of Reading by Otto L. Bettmann. I brought it home and flip through it on a regular basis. Now that I am a writer, as well as a reader, I find that Mr. Bettmann includes a section called Advice and Solace from the Masters. Herewith some of the nuggets of wisdom from the Masters.
If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts. Thomas Carlyle
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. Aristotle
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. Samuel Johnson
The best style is the style you don’t notice. Somerset Maugham
No book is born entire and uncrippled as it was conceived. Virginia Woolf
I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts.