"I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than diagramming sentences." 
— Gertrude Stein 

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. "
~Toni Morrison

"Women who suffer incredible pain or loss--- morn, rest, heal: then take heart and begin again. It has always been awoman's lot to give life, to love, to have joy and fear, and sometimes to lose. But, a woman seldom stops living--- that would be a dishonor to life itself."
Anne Perry
A Dish Taken Cold

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.
Anne Frank

"Poetry is the identity of all other knowledges, the blossom and fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Words of a writer are as brush strokes of a painter, each deliberate with a certain quality."
By Peggy Jo Farr

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
1 Peter 3:12
also see Psalm 34:12-16

"To him who watches, everything is revealed."
Italian Proverb

"Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human."
By Agatha Christie

"Call me Ishmael"
By Herman Melville

"If a powerful problem is a novel's spine, then a powerful theme is its animating spirit."
Developing Theme-Writer's Digest May/June 2012
By Donald Maass