wisdom in one sentence – plato on how to live


The beginning is the most important part of any work.

Nothing great is easy.

We must infer that all things are produced more plentifully and easily and of a better quality when one man does one thing which is natural to him and does it at the right time, and leaves other things.

Those who love the truth in each thing are to be called lovers of wisdom and not lovers of opinion.

Knowledge is a faculty, and the mightiest of all faculties.

A man who means to be great must care neither for self nor for its belongings, but for justice.

The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.

wisdom in one sentence – how to write

You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone.
―James Baldwin

Look for verbs of muscle, adjectives of exactitude.
―Mary Oliver

I write entirely by ear and read everything aloud before letting it go out into the world.
―William Zinsser

I especially like to cut: to press the DELETE key and see an unnecessary word or phrase or sentence vanish into the electricity.
―William Zinsser

Write an incredibly shitty, self-indulgent, whiny, mewling first draft.
―Anne Lamott

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.
―Allen Ginsberg

All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
―Ernest Hemingway

All you have to do is write one true sentence.
―Ernest Hemingway

In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
―William Faulkner

One should use common words to say uncommon things.
―Arthur Schopenhauer

In order to be a writer, you have to learn to be reverent.
―Anne Lamott

but above all train your own intellect

isocrates:

Give careful heed to all that concerns your life, but above all train your own intellect; for the greatest thing in the smallest compass is a sound mind in a human body. Strive with your body to be a lover of toil, and with your soul to be a lover of wisdom, in order that with the one you may have the strength to carry out your resolves, and with the other the intelligence to foresee what is for your good.

just wow

dear friends, maria popova quotes beautifully from henry miller.

you might find it instructional.

it ends with this:

The most difficult thing for a creative individual is to refrain from the effort to make the world to his liking and to accept his fellow man for what he is, whether good, bad or indifferent.