Ralph Keyes Quotes

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Is There Life After High School?
— Ralph Keyes
When it comes to quotations, memory is too much the servant of aspirations, not enough an apostle of accuracy.

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One of the most fundamental of human fears is that our existence will go unnoticed.  We'd all like to have it recorded somewhere.

fear

Using euphemisms is the verbal equivalent of draping nude statues.  Doing so substitutes unthreatening words for ones that make us fidget.

euphemism

In the guise of "seeking feedback," many writers are trolling for compliments.  When they ask for your opinion of their work, too often they mean your praise.

writers

The Achilles heel of quotation collections: An initial error in one will be repeated so often by others that over time it gains authority through repetition alone.

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The rich loam of adolescence—a time of constant crisis and ceaseless calamity—beckons writers to till and retill youthful memories; "just like a criminal; goes back to the place of his crime," said Isaac Beshevis Singer.

adolescence

Aspiring only to second-place goals is a first-rate way to hedge our bets.  Among the least appreciated reasons for doing superficial, second-rate work of any kind is the comfort of knowing that it's not our best that's on the line.

mediocrity goals

Far more is at risk when we do what we really want to do rather than something less.  I don't think we'll ever fully appreciate the role of not daring to risk a shattered dream in limiting people to second-choice careers and third-choice lives.

risk-taking

One of the most fundamental of human fears is that our existence will go unnoticed.  We'd all like to have it recorded somewhere.  What better way to achieve this goal than by writing?  Long after maggots have had their way with my corpse, my name will still be on the spines of books in the Library of Congress.  I'm on the record.

why I write