07. February 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

The trouble was that he had set out to write a masterpiece. He had tensed his intellectual muscles and had sweated in his earnestness in order to make each word a jewel, each sentence a concise gem of thought, and the whole a symphony of words; and what was worse, you could tell that he had been thinking of what the critics would say.

-John P. Marquand, Wickford Point

(First seen at About Last Night.)

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