September 24, 2003

Writing Centaur

Posted in General at 9:18 pm by Ian

We’re trying to select the quote that will go on the Writing Center T-shirts, so I was paging through reams of writer-related quotes this evening when I wasn’t doing a consultation. Found some great ones, my favorite of which is:

“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.”

Sadly, though, that one doesn’t fit quite so well with what the Writing Center does, unless we want to portray ourselves as friendly pimps.


But anyway, I think the funniest part was the way a few of the quotes were cut off by the edge of the page. Of about six quotes that got printed out incorrectly, two came out rather well. The first was Thomas Jefferson, and I forget who said the second.

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one–”

“Never write so briefly that it becomes–”

I also found the phrase that I believe will eventually make it onto the shirts:

“The first draft of anything is shit.”
— Ernest Hemingway



  1. Adam said,

    I like the prostitution one, it’s much more catchy and, generally, true.

  2. Lisa said,

    I think you just like the prostitution part of it. :dubious:

  3. Tania said,

    still think the moliere one is the best one… 😀

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