Quotations on Prose

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There is a strong tendency in explanatory prose to invoke quantities of tension, energy, and whatnot to explain the genesis of pattern. I believe that all such explanations are inappropriate or wrong.
- Gregory Bateson
(Keywords: Energy, Explanations, Prose, Tension, Wrong)

To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
- Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(Keywords: Music, People, Hell, Prose, Reason, Restraint, Want)

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: Beauty, Power, Battle, Grief, Prose, Rain)

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Poetry, Order, Poets, Prose, Words)

Writing anything is terribly hard but, alas for me, because I am addicted, a heck of a lot of fun. I often am sorry I ever started writing prose, because it is so hard. But I can't stop.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Fun, Prose, Writing)

I don't dream songs. I'm more apt to write dreams down and then to be able to interpret them into a song. I also tend to get up and write prose in the morning from which will come songs.
- Judy Collins
(Keywords: Dreams, Prose, Song, Songs, Will)

For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Love, Man, Prose, Sea, Song)

There are a lot of editorials that have nothing to do with anything like that. But I was just thinking of that sense of prose as being very responsible and perceptive, thoughtful, intimate, and contriving a quote statement.
- Robert Creeley
(Keywords: Being, Nothing, Prose, Sense, Thinking, Thoughtful)

I spend eight months outlining and researching the novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
- Jeffery Deaver
(Keywords: Months, Prose, Word)

So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse.
- John Drinkwater
(Keywords: Poetry, Failure, Prose, Will)

I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose.
- Shelby Foote
(Keywords: Poetry, Prose, Writing)

There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.
- John M. Ford
(Keywords: People, Clarity, Expression, Prose, Respect)

Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.
- Neil Gaiman
(Keywords: Beauty, Effort, Prose, Right, Today, Writing)

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
- William E. Gladstone
(Keywords: Successful, Mediocrity, Now, Prose, Writers)

Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat.
- Robert Graves
(Keywords: Books, Dogs, Prose, Support)

I'm a games and theory kind of guy. I love puzzles, so it was fun dissecting Shakespeare's prose.
- Neil Patrick Harris
(Keywords: Love, Fun, Games, Prose, Shakespeare, Theory)

No, I can't write treatments, I think there's a danger with treatments. That you... you write out your first excitement and enthusiasm in a prose treatment.
- Ronald Harwood
(Keywords: Enthusiasm, Danger, Excitement, First, Prose, Treatment)

I want prose fiction to be recognized as that, and I'm not interested in writing as it becomes more personal.
- John C. Hawkes
(Keywords: Fiction, Prose, Want, Writing)

But every great scripture, whether Hebrew, Indian, Persian, or Chinese, apart from its religious value will be found to have some rare and special beauty of its own; and in this respect the original Bible stands very high as a monument of sublime poetry and of artistic prose.
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Keywords: Beauty, Poetry, Bible, Monument, Prose, Religious, Respect, Scripture, Value, Will)

The human brain can soften as a result of incessant listening to music with an intent to commit prose.
- Donal Henahan
(Keywords: Music, Listening, Prose, Result)

Next to the writer of real estate advertisements, the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists.
- Donal Henahan
(Keywords: Artists, Prose, Writer)

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Keywords: Poetry, Prose, Writing)

In the plays - that's where I go crazy. But my prose has a much lighter touch; it's not trying to thrill with language, just to be more truthful. I'm not concerned with the accuracy of anything. We don't get to the truth of anything with facts.
- Denis Johnson
(Keywords: Truth, Accuracy, Facts, Language, Prose, Trying)

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Keywords: Poetry, Heart, Learning, Literature, Prose, Tradition)

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
- Louis Kronenberger
(Keywords: Life, Poetry, Advertising, America, Prose, Trouble)

Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.
- Walter Savage Landor
(Keywords: Poetry, Prose, Weight)

It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel.
- David Leavitt
(Keywords: Instinct, Order, Prose, World)

Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.
- F. L. Lucas
(Keywords: Trust, English, Principles, Prose, Rules, Sound, Writers)

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality.
- Rick Moody
(Keywords: Personality, Prose, Trying)

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan
(Keywords: Poetry, Decision, Prose, Reading, Writers)

When you have an idea for a story, you want those characters to reach as many people as you can. I think you normally think of prose as a way of doing that. It fits our time, the culture.
- Robert Morgan
(Keywords: Time, People, Idea, Culture, Prose, Want)

The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense, but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences, and partly poems in prose.
- Edvard Munch
(Keywords: Poems, Prose, Sense, Spiritual)

Poetry is its own medium; it's very different than writing prose. Poetry can talk in an imagistic sense, it has particular ways of catching an environment.
- Story Musgrave
(Keywords: Poetry, Environment, Prose, Sense, Talk, Writing)

I've already written 300 space poems. But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose. When you read it, it appears to be prose, but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry.
- Story Musgrave
(Keywords: Poetry, Being, Poems, Prose, Space)

You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Keywords: Fancy, Prose, Style)

In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.
- Richard M. Nixon
(Keywords: Poetry, Age, Key, Prose, Television)

Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes.
- Cole Porter
(Keywords: Now, Prose, Words, Writing)

Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.
- Jack Prelutsky
(Keywords: Poetry, Prose, Reading, Trouble)

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose, in which event he may be sure that the result will not fall into any objective form.
- John C. Ransom
(Keywords: May, Prose, Result, Sense, Style, Will)

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom
(Keywords: Poets, Prose, Style, Waiting)

The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
- William Shenstone
(Keywords: Poetry, Prose, Scripture)

The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.
- George Steiner
(Keywords: Heart, Being, Expression, Prose, Tribute)

I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary.
- Jeff Vandermeer
(Keywords: Care, Prose, Style)

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire
(Keywords: Poetry, Merit, Prose, Will, Words)

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.
- Horace Walpole
(Keywords: Art, Poetry, Harmony, Prose, Sense)

Music is more emotional than prose, more revolutionary than poetry. I'm not saying I've got the answers, just a of questions that I don't hear other artists asking.
- Malcolm Wilson
(Keywords: Music, Poetry, Answers, Artists, Prose, Questions, Saying)

I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
- Virginia Woolf
(Keywords: Time, Romance, Prose, Want, Waste)

I would never write realistic prose. I don't like people who try to write in a poetic style, but in the course of their book abandon it for realism, and weave back and forth like drunkards between the surreal and the real.
- Marguerite Young
(Keywords: People, Prose, Realism, Style)









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