"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
- William Strunk
A wife's faithful to her husband, subject to him. It's in the Bible.
--Elmore Leonard, Gold Coast
"The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree,
not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists."
Life is made up of little things. It is very rarely that an occasion is offered for doing a great deal at once. True greatness consists in being great in little things.
- Charles Simmons
"Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state."
speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and act.
~ Maxwell Maltz
“When you're really cute that's all you have to be, you make a career out of it. Someone asks you what you do, you say, 'Nothing. I'm cute.”
--Elmore Leonard, Killshot
Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything. - Anonymous