Prose by pros

"Words, words, words."  Hamlet (Act II, sc. 2) by William Shakespeare

"Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." Margaret Atwood


“The only way to learn one’s art—a craftsman’s paradox—is through back-breaking labor that must not seem like work.  Like the dubber in a foreign-language film who most succeeds when no one knows he’s around.  Or like those Zen masters of the martial arts.  After the body has been trained to achievement, trained so that what earlier seemed impossible is difficult, the difficult habitual, and the habitual easy--at the point where everything is instinct, true mastery begins.”  Nicholas Delbanco 

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."  Mark Twain


"And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it and created the horse."
~ Bedouin Legend 

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~ Anton Chekhov

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Show me your horse and I will tell you who you are."
~Old English Saying


"All war must be just....the killing of strangers against whom you feel no personal animosity; strangers whom, in other circumstances, you would help if you found them in trouble, and who would help you if you needed it."  Mark Twain

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