"My favorite definition of a careful writer comes from Joe DiMaggio, though he didn’t know that’s what he was defining. DiMaggio was the greatest player I ever saw, and nobody looked more relaxed. He covered vast distances in the outfield, moving in graceful strides, always arriving ahead of the ball, making the hardest catch look routine, and even when he was at bat, hitting the ball with tremendous power, he didn’t appear to be exerting himself. I marveled at how effortless he looked because what he did could only be achieved by great daily effort. A reporter once asked him how he managed to play so well so consistently, and he said: "I always thought that there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn’t want to let him down."
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”—Patrick Rothfuss
"Lewis Thomas was scientific proof that scientists can write as well as anybody else. It’s not necessary to be a ‘writer’ to write well. We think of Rachel Carson as a writer because she launched the environmental movement with a book, Silent Spring. But Carson wasn’t a writer; she was a marine biologist who wrote well. She wrote well because she was a clear thinker and had a passion for her subject. Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle is not only a classic of natural history; it’s a classic of literature, it’s sentences striding forward with vividness and vigor. If you’re a student with a bent for science or technology, don’t assume that the English department has a monopoly on “literature.” Every scientific discipline has a fine literature of its own.”
i used to hate english class and would make fun of anything literary related (http://imgur.com/QWGrU). now, i think i can finally appreciate reading an elegant piece of prose, a moving novel, or a passionately written poem.
it’s funny how we grow up and things change without us noticing.
“That had happened only six months earlier, but it felt like something from a much remoter past. Maybe it felt that way because I had thought about it so often – too often, to the point where it had distorted my sense of time.”—Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
"Chinese-American" hardly ever resolved my internal debate about which side of the planet I belonged on. I’ve went through phases where I couldn’t speak English, despite living in the US, and also phases where I would boldly rebel against my parents and ’an imposing traditional culture’ that…