Dennis Maust | Essays
That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.
-- C.C. Colton, Lacon: Preface
You have reached the page for delving into my personal writings -- where I try build upon, interpret, connect with, and generally develop my sense of teachers. Elsewhere I have included some of their own expositions and inspiring fountains. My writings are likely to make for good sleep aids. Please feel free to send along your own interpretations and thoughts. Here are a few more thoughts on writing. Cheers!
The nobler the truth or sentiment, the less imports the question of authorship.
-- Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and Originality
To write and to live are very different. Many who praise virtue do no more than to praise it.
-- Johnson, Works (Vol. iii, p. 83, Hawkins, ed.)
If the works of the great poets teach anything, it is to hold mere invention somewhat cheap. It is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found, that is of consequence.
-- J.R. Lowell, My Study Windows: Chaucer
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
-- Samuel Johnson (Boswell, Life, 1775)
-- Pascal, Pensées (#23)
No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.
-- Samuel Johnson (Boswell, Life, 1776)