Awesome Quotes: Quotes About Writing II

Writing is a topic that obviously means a lot to me.The first Awesome Quotes was dedicated to quotes about writing and it deserves to have a second edition in Awesome Quotes.

So here is a new collection of quotes about writers, the writing process and more!


“There is only one plot – things are not what they seem.” – Jim Thompson

Food for thought.

“A fiction writer is nothing more than the ambassador of an alternative world of their own design. Their success dwells in how many people their work entices to relocate.” – Carl Henegan

Perspectives.

“A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Can’t help smiling away at how accurate this is.

“As a writer, one is allowed to have conversations with oneself. What is considered sane in writers is mad for the rest of the human race.” – Alan Ayckbourn

So, I guess, I’m not paranoid.

“It’s often said that writers sometimes need to go around the block a few times to get where they’re going.” – Christopher Bram

Kinda like warming up before the game.

“People visit exposed and vulnerable; writers live there.” – Alisa Hope Wagner

Still smiling away at the accuracy.

“Flow is something the reader experiences, not the writer.” – Verlyn Klinkenborg

“I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” – Peter De Vries

Teach me, O great master.

“Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabel Allende

Easier said than done.

“A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again.” – W.E.B. Du Bois


Aaaaand that’s it for this week’s Awesome Quotes! Hope you were smiling away at all the accuracy as well. If you write then you definitely were. If you don’t write but are thinking of starting, these quotes either galvanised you to face the rigours of this work or you’re all like, “Chuck that crap.” Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. (Aren’t all of us once we’ve seen both sides of writing?)

Also, these Awesome Quotes aren’t over until I remind you to check in next Friday. So, yeah you know the drill, come back next Friday for more Awesome Quotes that reaffirm the wacky truths you’ve been suspecting of the human ‘civilisation’ (ironically derived from the word ‘civil’) and steel you to face aforementioned ironically named civilisation.

Toodles.

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Wacky Quotes: Cricket

Not many people get cricket. Even in countries that play cricket. Even in countries like India where people pray more to Sachin Tendulkar and seldom go to Siddhivinayak. Like who’s gonna stand in line at a temple from 4 in the morning so that you can get a spot at 10 in the morning, when you can be jostling for space in the North Stand at Wankhede? And for what? Just to have a fraction of a peek at some idols for not more than two seconds before you’re pushed away by the pujari so other’s can have their share of almost-peeks. Come to India and you realise everything is a business here. Even religion. Religion is probably the biggest business. But, apparently, Srinivasan and Dawood Ibrahim have made cricket a bigger business than it has ever been.

Like any other game, though, cricket is riddled with funny occasions, players and commentators trying (and subsequently failing) to appear witty, and generally embarrassing things.

So here are a few wacky quotes from the world of cricket, for your pleasure. Sit back, relax and enjoy!


“A very small crowd here today. I can count the people on one hand. Can’t be more than 30” – Michael Abrahamson

You know what they say about people with big hands.

“That slow-motion replay doesn’t show how fast the ball was travelling” – Richie Benaud

Yeah, no shit.

“How can you tell your wife you are just popping out to play a match and then not come back for five days?” – Rafa Benitez struggling to come to terms with Test cricket

“Clearly the West Indies are going to play their normal game, which is what they normally do” – Tony Greig

“The bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey” – Brian Johnston as Peter Willey faces up to Michael Holding

Now read that out loud, without the comma.

“It’s a perfect day here in Australia, glorious blue sunshine” – Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Apparently the sun’s blue now.

“Sorry, skipper, a leopard can’t change it’s stripes” – Lennie Pascoe

I think you got the wrong animal there, sir.

“And there’s the George Headley stand, named after George Headley” – Trevor Quirk

How would you react to this if you were on a tour of the stadium and the guide said this?

“No good hitting me there, mate, there’s nothing to damage” – Derek Randall to Dennis Lillee after being hit on the head by a bouncer

Hehehehe

“This ground is surprising. It holds about 60,000 but when there are around 30,000 in, you get the feeling that it is half empty” – Ravi Shastri

Facepalm.

“A brain scan revealed that Andrew Caddick is not suffering from a fracture of the shin” – Jo Sheldon

Facepalm of the highest degree.


Aaaand that’s it for Wacky Quotes!  I hope this little change in theme and name wasn’t just an awesome thing in my head.

Speaking of awesome, next week onwards we revert back to Awesome Quotes so do drop in next Friday!

Until next time, folks!

Wacky Quotes: Football

So, last Friday, I dropped a little hint about the theme for this week’s Awesome Quotes: sports. And to serve that purpose, Awesome Quotes is, for a two week period, Wacky Quotes!

In the face of brutal acts like the school massacre in Pakistan, the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris or countless other such outrageously inhumane deeds, if there’s anything we need and must muster, its unity. In the eye of the storm. If we are to salvage the slowly but surely crumbling constructs of our society.

And I believe sport and music are probably two of a very, very few things under the sun that truly unite us.

So, Welcome to the first ever edition of Wacky Quotes! This week we take up football. The one that’s also called soccer. Not the one that involves charging into each other, trying to disarm the other of an egg-shaped ball, ending up almost dismembering them. shudders

Football is, for a very valid list of reasons, the most watched sport on the planet. I haven’t been one of those guys who has watched football since forever. My family isn’t the football kind. We’re more into cricket and so was I until maybe three years back.

Once you really understand it and appreciate it, football is a wonderful game.

But no sport is truly complete without training interviews, pre-match interviews, post-match presentations, press releases, and other media features. It is during these situations that coaches, managers, staff, and players either drop gems or complete bombs.

Wacky Quotes, however, is here to bring you just the bombs, no strings attached. For your pleasure.

So enjoy, go LOLing over some of the wackiest quotes from the footballing world.


“We lost because we didn’t win.” – Cristiano Ronaldo

The multiple Ballon d’Or winner has had great moments in his glittering career. This, wasn’t one of those.

“I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.” – Stuart Pearce

Hell of a mixup, Mr. Pearce.

“I’d rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd.” – Johnny Giles

Its going to be rather difficult finding that last one, Johnny boy.

“Sometimes in football, you have to score goals.” – Thierry Henry

Pretty weird coming from a striker of such stature.

“One year I played fifteen months.” – Franz Beckenbauer

He ain’t bound by no laws of time crap, bruh.

“I have a good record there. Played one, won one.” – Steven Gerrard

May the odds be ever in your favour, Stevey.

“It’s an unprecedented precedent.” – Clark Carlisle

Well, uhm…

“I’d like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona.” – Mark Draper

Sure, Mark, right when Barcelona up and relocates down to Italy.

“I think that France, Germany, Spain, Holland and England will join Brazil in the semi-finals.” – Pele

Pele invents a new game.

“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.” – Jose Mourinho

No list of wacky quotes is complete without Mourinho.


Aaaand that’s it for this week’s Wacky (Awesome Quotes)! Check in again next Friday for the second edition of Wacky Quotes, this one on Cricket!

See ya guys next week!

A Brief Pit Stop

Its good to slow things down every once in a while. It can be fun too. If you’re that kind of a person who likes to let your foot of the pedal after a long run, stick your head out of the window and enjoy the wind brushing by your face, like a little dog.

And then you pull your head back in and your foot back on the pedal and swear back at the drivers who just called you things that you’d rather not write on your blog.

I don’t slow down as often as I should. And yes, even a 16 year old who hardly has any workload from college needs to slow down. And he did yesterday.

My college is a great college. Its got a ground that along with the surrounding small road is probably the size of a few colleges of very unfortunate students. And that’s just the ground. So, it goes without saying that the college is very spacious. However, like anything that exists, it has its lows as well. One is that it has practicals for Physical Education.

I mean, what? That was how I was when I first heard we were going to have them. We didn’t even have them in school. In the 10th. In ICSE! And that’s saying something. So they make us do sit-ups (squats, if you want to call them that), long jumps, 100 metre sprints (in the time it takes you to stop panting after the sprint, Usain Bolt could have circled the globe, like, five times) and throw this one tonne iron ball in a fun little game called shot put. And if it isn’t already interesting, this is where it becomes just that: there are two practicals, one per term. Like after barely one month, we’re going to be able to jump longer, run faster and throw harder. Dammit, I haven’t been able to improve in the physical department that fast in all the sixteen years I’ve lived. If you could do that, you’re a living legend. Or you were doping.

I did fairly well the first time around, but the second time, which was yesterday, I didn’t care that much. So I got a little lax on the sit-ups (more so because they really make my thighs pain and then I can’t sprint as well as I could have without them) but I did run hard and I did throw the one tonne iron ball farther than I think I did last time.

We had to go to college for an hour yesterday just for the practicals and then I had to go fetch my younger sister from her drawing class about half an Usain Bolt minute away from college. But I had about forty minutes to waste before her class ended. And going home and then coming back didn’t make sense. So I decided to take the opportunity to do some of that slowing down I’ve not been doing enough of.

My description on Twitter says I enjoy the little things in life. And that’s just how I was when I took a very slow walk. The right earbud in my very expensive but apparently over-priced earphones is non-responsive so I was forced to look at things, and people while on this walk. And I happened to catch some pretty interesting things.

Not to get too morbid or anything but I stumbled into a dead crow stretched on the pavement right across from a dead rat. I like to think they had a duel to the death. For unknown reasons. But they’re knights of their respective species.

You wouldn’t be ill-advised to take a little break now and then. Even if its just for about half an hour, like the one I took. Provided your heart and head are both in the break while the rest of your body is in it.

But don’t get carried away too much or you’ll be sitting wrapped up with a sweater, cooped up in bed, because you had something cold to drink and caught the flu, like me. Also wearing a pair of gloves (not because you’re cold but because they’re really comfy).

Awesome Quotes: Criticism – Making and Taking It

Criticism – both positive and negative – is a part of life, whether you like it or not. There are always those who do not hesitate before hurling careless pieces of ‘advice’ at you. It takes some grit, heart, and determination to get through times like those. You have to believe.

Okay, enough of the humdrum serious introductions, let’s lighten up a bit here. The last edition of Awesome Quotes was serious enough. This time round, though the theme sounds pretty deadpan, I have tried to make it as humorous and lively as I can. These kind of features can get boring real quick.

So, with a fresh collection of quotes at your disposal, enjoy and get inspired!


“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

I guess we can all agree with that.

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Aristotle

“Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.” – Dave Willis

“A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.” – Kenneth Tynan

Amazingly explained, don’t you think?

“Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” – Ayn Rand

This one sounds so much like something Tolkien would say. Add a little upbeat soundtrack and have Cumberbatch read this and you have inspiration on-the-go!

“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” – Drew Carey

So, stop whining and go have yourself a little session of therapy.

“Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticise them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” – Jack Handey

This one is definitely the best of the lot.


Aaand, that’s it for this week’s Awesome Quotes! As always, please comment down below and tell me if you have a cool idea for a future edition of Awesome Quotes and do not forget to drop in again next Friday for the next collection!

Have a great first weekend of 2015! 😀

Awesome Quotes about Work and Motivation

Endure. Push on.
Endure. Push on.

Welcome back to Awesome Quotes! As the title announces, the topic for this Friday’s Awesome Quotes is work. And motivation. We all gotta do the former and for that we all need the latter in varying degrees. Sometimes a little motivation gets us by while other times you gotta dump it by the kilo.

So today, I’ve got ya’ll a collection of some of the finest, most motivating, uplifting and (hopefully) rejuvenating quotes to push you on to complete that assignment or that brief or go through that pile of files. I’m in need of some myself, in light of my upcoming exams and journal submissions and whatnot.

Enjoy, get motivated, take a good look at the pile of stuff you got to do, and then don’t look away, turn away from the screen and get down to work. And finish it. Preferably, listen to some Hans Zimmer or Jablonsky soundtracks while you’re at it, because that’s what a soundtrack – loving idiot like me would do.


“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – R. Collier

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

“Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.” – Anonymous

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams

“The main thing, is keeping the main thing the main thing.” – German proverb

““They said you can’t go to the moon. They said you can’t put cheese inside a pizza crust, but NASA did it. They had to, because the cheese kept floating off in space.” – Stephen Colbert


Aaand that’s all the motivation I could muster up for you guys today. But if you really look, you’ll see that motivation’s sprinkled everywhere. You just have to find it.

“People say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Good bye folks, wishing you a very motivated weekend and feel free to have a second glance at these quotes before you head out for another dreary Monday!

Don’t forget to come back for the first, very special, Awesome Quotes of 2015 next Friday!

At One of Life’s Many Crossroads

There are two kinds of people in the world: the ones that treat everything as an event and those that treat nothing as one.

I believe, at the moment, I am stuck between the two and I keep jumping from one side to the other now and again.

They say, going to college is a redefining experience (like that’s going to work well in my conversations in the college canteen). People remember all the fun times at college, the days that they made their best friends, the day they enjoyed a hot snack in the pouring rains and blistering winds, or the warm, sunny, spring afternoon when they just relaxed in the college grounds.

"No, Jai. People do notice your shoes." Thanks for the advice. I JUST RUINED MY BEST SHOES IN THE RAIN.
“No, Jai. People do notice your shoes. But for the love of God, don’t wear green pants. Or red or orange.” “Why?” I asked. “Because we ain’t hippies.” That guy was weird. But his advice was pretty sound, I guess.

What people don’t remember is their first day at college, and even if they do remember it, they usually say there was nothing out of the blue about it. Maybe it is true, but they say that looking back at life. There surely was something that stuck in their head when they got back home from the first day of college. They just don’t remember it now.

The first day of college is always different from all the days before it. It could be the different route you take to get to college, or the feel of the campus, or the new faces, or the classrooms, or it could be all of these and much more. It just feels insignificant after a while but I can say that there’s only one way the first day of college can be ordinary, and that’s if you don’t go.

The last three paragraphs must have told you what kind of person I’m being at the moment.

I think people should not forget what happened on their first day at college or their first day at any new situation in life, one that’s going to last for a significant amount of time, like university or their first job. Not only does it bolster you by telling you how far you’ve come at the end of it all but it also makes for light jokes if you were a scared little weasel on the first day. If everybody thinks of it from this point of view, I am sure that they would all think up their own ways how not forgetting the first day comes handy.

I just began college last week and while there were moments on my first day where I didn’t know what to do, where to look, how to not feel shy, I realised that all the others around me were also probably feeling the same. I remembered another quote (yes, I’m quite into quotes): “If you don’t feel confident, fake it. It will come.”

Probably nobody in the history of college education has ever had the kind of first day of college they would have dreamt of the night before but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about it for the next few days.

All of us have, at least once, imagined our lives to be movies. How different would have my first day of college been if it was in a movie directed by Michael Bay? I would probably be stopped by security because they would, in that moment, find some error in my ID that was previously not present and while we were having a heated argument on my existence in the books, without any reason, the college buildings would start exploding and everybody would start running haywire. Then maybe a slick guy in aviators and a leather jacket would pull up in an Aventador or a Camaro and shout “Get in!” And then he would take me to some covert base or an underground garage or something of the sort and brief me on how ‘we’ have been ‘attacked’ and that I’m the only hope to humanity.

Huh. That’s tedious.

What if Quentin Tarantino was the one to be roped in? The first thing I would notice when I walked into the college campus would be that everybody’s clothes looked really baggy because they would all have huge pouches of fake blood underneath, so that they’re all gruesomely bloody when they’re eventually shot (twenty times, just to be sure) to death.

That’s nearly as tedious. And gory, no less.

Maybe I should just hire Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg or Wes Anderson.