Hang tight, beleaguered colleagues! Words of encouragement from the Reboot/Dose

For many of my readers, both of the Fiction Reboot and the Daily Dose, this marks the fifth week of the semester. For those outside the US, it is generally the start of term, too–and for those not working in (or between) academe, autumn often brings with it a set of deadlines and due dates as the summer holiday becomes a distant memory. In a moment of solidarity and fellow-feeling, therefore, I wanted to offer some words of encouragement–not my own, but of those great masters who have gone before. With them, I offer a reminder of why we dedicate ourselves to the writing/intellectual life.


We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect” –Anais Nin

“The novel is an event in consciousness. Our aim isn’t to copy actuality, but to modify and recreate our sense of it. The novelist is inviting the reader to watch a performance in his own brain.” –George Buchanan

“The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.”–F. Scott Fitzgerald

“We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.”–Anne Lamott


“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” – Albert Einstein

“The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.”– Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘Endow scientific research and we shall know the truth, when and where it is possible to ascertain it;’’ but the counterblast is at hand: ‘To endow research is merely to encourage the research for endowment; the true man of science will not be held back by poverty, and if science is of use to us, it will pay for itself.’ Such are but a few samples of the conflict of opinion which we find raging around us.”— Karl Pearson

“The search for truth is more precious than its possession.” –Albert Einstein

“The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.”– Aristotle


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