Quotes For Writers by Writers

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There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
– Brian Aldiss
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
– Matthew Arnold
Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.
– Isaac Asimov

Word of the Day Wednesday March 19, 2008

From www.dictionary.com:

transmute \trans-MYOOT; tranz-\, transitive verb:
1. To change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another; to transform.

intransitive verb:
1. To undergo transmutation.

It now seems as if she no longer had the strength or will to transmute life into art.
— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, “Changes Not for the Better”, New York Times, February 28, 1974

Sand that once was rock becomes rock once again as it slowly sediments and compresses into layers of sandstone, which, in turn, transmute into sand.
— Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker, The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth

Transmute is from Latin transmutare, “to change utterly,” from trans-, “across” + mutare, “to change.”

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for transmute