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The eyes have it

The eyes have it

WritingRedux has long been captivated by quotations describing eyes and we're now delighted to dedicate a themed page gathering these together for...

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Fine feline quotes

Fine feline quotes

Adding another in our series of themed selections, we have purrduced a page of illustrated quotations celebrating cats.  We will add more as they...

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A private anthology

A private anthology

Although this is a public domain website, it is also a 'private anthology', and wonderful will be the day when I have committed to memory more than...

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A quote to note

Drawing on thousands of sparkling, moving and inspiring quotations amassed during decades of attentive reading. To delight your mind and spirit and improve your presentations beyond belief.

Of speed and stillness

Of speed and stillness

A beautiful evocation of swiftness resembling stillness, of things moving so fast that they seem stationary.And all this great universe that seems...

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A laughing owl

A laughing owl

No idea if owls laugh, but I like this phrase.  Next time someone says something too daft to credit, feel free to deploy it.It was enough to make an...

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Questions like skewers

Questions like skewers

A fun way to comment on someone asking a lot of questions, likening them to an attorney sticking interrogative skewers into defendents. 'I'm...

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Of great men and kindness

Of great men and kindness

An interesting take on greatness as an obstacle to kindness, since kindness requires swerving from your path.  Something to think about with our...

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Metaphorically speaking

More marvelous metaphors on Mondays … Monday, metaphor day.

Of sound and silence

Of sound and silence

A startling description of silence, likened to emulsified sound. Silence, after all, is only sound in emulsion. See two other similes for silence,...

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Rising and falling like …

Rising and falling like …

A description of Lindos which charmed me as much for its sea-cleaned pebble paving as for its simile for undulating streets.The narrow streets which...

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On seeing and sensing

On seeing and sensing

Durrell seems to be seeking a subtle way to convey the perception of a view, before suddenly landing a pin-hole camera lens as the right image. But...

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As cold as …

As cold as …

A cool simile for coldness, since jelly by its nature needs to be kept so.  See also a superb maritime simile by Keats to convey the same...

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Triologisms

Bringing you pithy, evocative imagery in the form of three-legged microcosms of meaning. Updated on Tuesdays … Tuesday, triologism day!  You’ll never see this day of the week in the same way again.

Perfect teeth

Perfect teeth

Something simply pearl-fect about these teeth, and a neat simile to describe the darting in and out of an endlessly worked toothpick. ... the...

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Sea-raddled limestone

Sea-raddled limestone

Unusual word and usage, 'raddled', and particularly as a simile for hard, grey, hole-riddled bread. God protect one's teeth. Some went on nibbling...

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A fine wine

A fine wine

What a wonderful scene, a simple lunch washed down with a local wine the colour of molten amber, and intriguingly, 'pumice-bedded'.  Savour another...

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Sea-drenched wind

Sea-drenched wind

I re-discover this triologism as we emerge from days of rain-drenched wind, waking up to a lush-verdant garden and landscape.   I also like the...

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Parrot-bright shrillness

Parrot-bright shrillness

A lovely mix of visual and aural, with the shrillness of light and colour also evoking a parrot's cry.  We landed in the usual parrot-bright...

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Marrow-meltingly sweet

Marrow-meltingly sweet

Wish you as many doses of such sweetness as you need.  And what a stark contrast to another marrow-related triologism, from Jane Eyre. How sweet it...

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Words

Sharing words that sparkle, appeal, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including in other languages. And adoring alliteration, words are added on Wednesdays… Wednesday, word day. See you back here then.

Lauzengier

Lauzengier

Lauzengier (also 'lauzenger') appears in the songs of French troubadours.  An old Occitan word but surely one which it may be timely to pluck from...

Gulch it down

Gulch it down

Mervyn Peake uses Rabelaisian vocabulary to describe the gargantuan appetites and appearance of Swelter, the castle cook in his Gormenghast trilogy....

Mummarella

Mummarella

You would know the 'true' octopus if you saw it, wouldn't you? Reading a book about Mediterranean seafood, Luiz learned that according to an...

Ullage of sunflower

Ullage of sunflower

Something about this word that you can roll around the mouth like a good swig of wine or cognac, the removal of which would result in its ullage in...

Cragfast

Cragfast

Stuck?  In a tight corner?  No going forward ... or back?  Call yourself Cragfast. A sheep cornered on a crag, to starve in the absence of rescue....

Gummocks

Gummocks

This glorious word being no longer current, I invite you to revive it the next time someone does something daft or useless. Perhaps combine it...

I find it moving that no literary text is utterly original, no literary text is completely unique, that it stems from previous texts, built on quotations and misquotations, on the vocabularies fashioned by others and transformed through imagination and use.  Writers must find consolation in the fact that there is no very first story and no last one.  Our literature reaches further back than the beginnings of our memory permits us, and further into the future than our imagination allows us to conceive, but that must be the only barrier.  

Source: Alberto Manguel, The City of Words, CBC Massey Lecture Series (Toronto: Anansi Press, 2007), p. 139

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