What they Said
(an unrelated assortment of quotes I've been thinking about)
Kipling on Disillusion and Youth
We have done with Hope and Honour, we are lost to Love and Truth
We are dropping down the ladder--rung by rung
And the measure of our torment is the measure of our youth
God help us, for we know the worst to young!
Guthrie on Copyrighted Music:
"This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."
[Quoted by Eric Costello]
Hemmingway on Writing Better than Those Before You:
H: There is no use writing nything that has been written before unless you can beat it. What a writer in our time has to do is write what hasn't been written before or eat dead men at they have done. The only way he can tell how he is going is to cmpete with dead men...
Interviewer: But reading all the good writers might discourage you.
H: Then you ought to be discouraged.