Journal

 

Joseph Heller

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
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Lord Byron
“If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.” 
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Mae West
“Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you.”
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Christina Baldwin
“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”
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Elmore Leonard
“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
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Natalie Gulbis
“As far as my journal, I want to share tour life with my fans.”
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William Wordsworth
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” 
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Jeb Dickerson
“Writing is my time machine, takes me to the precise time and place I belong.”
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Jean Cocteau
“After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.”
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Norbet Platt
“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”
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Revelation 1:19
“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.”
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Vladimir Nabakov
“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” 
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Jules Renard
“The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it.”
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Truman Capote
“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.”
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Wilford Woodruff
“We are not apt to think of the importance of events as they transpire with us, but we feel the importance of them afterwards.”
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Gene Fowler
“Writing is easy:  All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” 
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Camilla Eyring Kimball
“Everyone should keep a journal. I hope each of you is keeping a journal. It is a valuable record of today. Tomorrow it will be the priceless history of your past.”
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Francis Bacon
“Write down the thoughts of the moment.  Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
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Samuel Butler
“When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.”
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Terri Guillemets
“Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn't we?”
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Walter Savage Landor
“Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may.”
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will not find it.”
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Elaine Liner
If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.”
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George Bernard Shaw
“The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.”
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Exodus 24:4
“And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.”
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Norbet Platt
“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”
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Author Unknown
“Keep your personal journal unless you want your great grandkids to know you by a tombstone marker.”
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Natalie Curtis McCullough
“I keep a journal to discover what I know, how I know it, and why it matters. I write to unearth treasures and mysteries buried in my heart.”
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Judy Collins
“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important.”
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Wilford Woodruff
“If there was no other motive in view [except] to have the privilege of reading over our journals and for our children to read, it would pay for the time spent in writing it.”
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Harvey Cluff
“No intelligent person in youth or old age should merely drift along.  Look the world squarely in the face, listen and learn…for there are grand lessons before you every minute.”
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Ann Beattie
“It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so boring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order.”
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Deseret News 1862
“If man keeps no diary, the path crumbles away behind him as his feet leave it; and days gone by are but little more that a blank, broken by a few distorted shadows. His life is all confined within the limits of to-day….”
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Wilford Woodruff
“Should we not have respect enough to God to make a record of those blessings which He pours out upon us and our official acts which we do in His name upon the face of the earth? I think we should.”
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Catherine Drinker Bowen
“Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.” 
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Matthew Henry
"The remains of great and good men, like Elijah's mantle, ought to be gathered up and preserved by their survivors, that as their works follow them in the reward of them, they may stay behind in their benefit."
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Thomas Carlyle
"Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons able and willing to furnish the record."
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Horace Mann
"Biography, especially of the great and good, who have risen by their own exertions to eminence and usefulness, is an inspiring and ennobling study.  Its direct tendency is to reproduce the excellence it records."
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Vita Sackville-West
“It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.”
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Spencer W. Kimball
"Your own private journal should record the way you face up to challenges that beset you. Do not suppose life changes so much that your experiences will not be interesting to your posterity. Experiences of work, relations with people, and an awareness of the rightness and wrongness of actions will always be relevant."
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Oliver B. Huntington
“Like men in general I presume to suppose, that I shall have a posterity; and that may; like me; wish to know of their father's life, that they might view it, and perhaps profit thereby, or at least, have the satisfaction of knowing it. This is one object that induces me to write; that my nearest kindred, might know of their kinsman.”
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“May I suggest that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper. Writing is a great discipline. It is a tremendous educational effort. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many-your families and others-now and in the years to come, as you put on paper some of your experiences and some of your musings.”
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Spencer W. Kimball
“People often use the excuse that their lives are uneventful and nobody would be interested in what they have done. But I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records and write your personal histories, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations.”
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Oliver Huntington
“Many times have I wished that my father had kept an account of his life, that I might look over it, and see his by-gone days, deed and fortune; and never did he make the scratch of a pen towards it, until he had seen sixty cold winters; and as yet I know but very little of his life, not enough to make any record of, although I have a very short account written, but which is beyond my reach at present, if not forever.”
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Frazier’s Magazine 1859
“And yet more precious than the power of the diary to call up again a host of little circumstances and facts, is its power to bring back the indescribable but keenly- felt atmosphere of those departed days. The old time comes over you. It is not merely a collection, an aggregate of facts, that comes back; it is something far more excellent than that: it is the soul of days long ago…Therefore keep your diary, my friend…You will look back at it occasionally, and shed several tears of which you have not the least reason to be ashamed.”
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Theodore M. Burton
“Besides very important dates and assignments, there are many personal spiritual experiences that should be preserved. ‘Much of what we now regard as scripture was not anything more or less that men writing of their own spiritual experiences for the benefit of their posterity. These scriptures are family records. Therefore, as a people we ought to write of our own lives and our own experiences to form a sacred record for our descendants. We must provide for them the uplifting, faith promoting strength that the ancient scriptures now give us.”
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Andrew Jenson
“The keeping of a journal has a tendency to keep both mind and body in the straight and narrow path.  If we keep a journal we naturally desire to write something that will read well.  We want to make a good record of ourselves.  But in order to do so we must live a good and useful life, and thus by our actions produce materials for a clean and interesting record.  We might falsify our records, but, as record makers we would constantly think of the recording angel who is making a true history of all our actions; and if we felt convinced that our record did not correspond with his in the main, we should not feel comfortable.”
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Theodore M. Burton
“What Grandfather Burton did for me was to write a sacred family record, the small plates of Burton, or, if you will, an inspirational family record. Much of what we now regard as scripture was not anything more or less than men writing of their own spiritual experiences for the benefit of their posterity. These scriptures are family records. Therefore, as a people we ought to write of our own lives and our own experiences to form a sacred record for our descendants. We must provide for them the same uplifting, faith-promoting strength that the ancient scriptures now give us.”
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Frazier’s Magazine 1859
“There are strong arguments why every man should keep a diary. I cannot imagine how many reflective men do not. How narrow and small a thing their actual life must be! They live merely in the present…If a man keeps no diary, the path crumbles away behind him as his feet leave it; and days gone by are little more than a blank, broken by a few distorted shadows. His life is all confined within the limits of to-day…. Who does not know how imperfect a thing memory is?.. A man might almost as well not have lived at all as entirely forget that he has lived, and entirely forget what he did on those departed days…”
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Frazier’s Magazine 1859
“The trouble of writing the diary is very small. A few lines, a few words, written at the time, suffice, when you look at them, to bring all…the surroundings of that season before you. Many little things come up again, which you know quite well you never would have thought of again but for your glance at those words, and still which you feel you would be sorry to have forgotten. There must be a richness about the life of a person who keeps a diary, unknown to other men. And a million more little links and ties must bind him to the members of his family circle, and to all among whom he lives. Life, to him looking back…is surrounded, intertwined, entangled, with thousands and thousands of slight incidents, which give it beauty, kindliness, reality…”
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