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Ideas, talking, and reading

Ideas are to literature what light is to painting. – Paul Bourget

An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation. – William James

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. – Charles Dickens

Talking is the hydrant in the yard while writing is the faucet in the house. Opening the first takes all the pressure off the second. – Robert Frost

Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write. – Jean Anouilh

Conversation is the legs on which thoughts walk; and writing the winds by which it flies. – Marguerite Blessington

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: I never metaphor I didn’t like by Dr. Mardy Grothe (2008) Harper Collins Publishing


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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