Samuel Johnson on the attributes of good, original writing?

Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

attributed to Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Samuel Johnson on the attributes of good, original writing?

Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

attributed to Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Avram Ohm on hunting …

Hunting will be a sport when the animals can shoot back.

Avram Ohm (1954-  )

Hugh Heffner on the art of living one’s dream …

Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.

Hugh Heffner (1926- )

Steve Jobs on what really matters …

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Sigmund Freud on the essential quandary of humanity …


The fateful question for the human species seems to me to be whether and to what extent their cultural development will succeed in mastering the disturbance of their communal life by the human instinct of aggression and self-destruction.

– Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

Groucho Marx on the relative merits of books and TV …

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx (1890–1977)