`Its excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his readers are sure to skip them`.- John Ruskin.
The writer should be able to use as little amount of words as possible to convey the meaning that he wishes to convey. In this manner, the attention span of the reader is well kept in that the writer is sure that the reader would read every word and internalize the meaning thereof. It is a waste of time and effort for both the writer and the reader to write a paragraph’s worth of words for something that could have been written in a line. The use of simple, short and meaningful words is a gift that a true writer has. This is a talent, a skill and a discipline that few writers have. Further, the impact of what the writer wants the reader to feel is preserved.
‘The most essential gift for a good writes is a built-in, sock-proofs shit detector, this is the writers reader and all great writers have had it`.- Earnest Hemingway.
This quote would like to relay the message that the writer should be his own worst critic. The writer should have an eye to detect his flaws in what he has written. The writer should have the humility to accept that he is not perfect. Every good writer has mastered the art of criticizing himself because this improves his style of writing and allows him to become better in his craft. The revision of his works should not dampen his spirit but should be viewed in a way that would allow him to improve and become superior in his writings.
‘It’s not true that suffering ennobles the character: happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive`. – W. Somerset Maugha.
This means that suffering and happiness plays a different role for people. Happiness is the emotion that is felt that allows a person to feel ennoble or honored. This cannot be said for the effect of suffering. The effect of suffering or hardships results in a person becoming somehow bitter and vindictive. A person, who has suffered much, has the effect of imbibing in that person the attitude that he has to get even so that he would be able to justify the sufferings that he has gone through. Thus, suffering does not give the person the feeling of honor but it is the opposite, it builds the desire of the person to vindicate himself for what he has gone through.
`The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity were you are`. John Burroughs.
The meaning that this quote intends to convey is that people often feel disheartened by hard, complicated and difficult things. A person who has the determination and has focus on what he wants to achieve would not be tempted to think and give up on the first instance or when obstacles get in his way. A person should instead consider the present as a good and great opportunity to get and achieve what he wants to pursue in the future no matter how difficult the situation presents itself to be.
`I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It over come always everything, even nature`. John D Racker Fellen.
A determined person who works hard will achieve anything that he sets his mind on. Success does not come to a person who waits and does nothing. It is achieved through perseverance, patience and hard work. Even the impossible is possible to a person with this attitude. A person who likes something so much and does his best to achieve his goal will even be guided by the forces of nature. All of the forces of nature will conspire to help that person to achieve his goal.
– ‘Interpretation Quotes’. ThinkExist.com Quotations. Retrieved April 27, 2009, website http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/interpretation/.