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Quotes for writers on writing

“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.” – Anne Lamott “Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.” – Garrison Keillor “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’” – Jef Mallett “Find your niche, and then go even more niche.” – Joe Pulizzi “When I sit down to write, I don’t think about writing…

Quotes on America

For our American cousins down south, here are some of By George’s favourite quotes to honour America’s Independence Day. America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. — George W. Bush America’s greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, that things can be made better. Anthony Walton America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It…

By George 10 most favourite quotes on Canada

Canada was built on dead beavers. — Margaret Atwood The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off it’s own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees. — June Callwood The huge advantage of Canada is its backwardness. – Marshall McLuhan Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad. — Arnold Edinborough Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing…

Quotes on our country Canada

In advance of our Nation’s 150th birthday party next week, By George Journal presents some of our favourite quotes on Canada and Canucks – so you might spice up your toasts on Canada Day! Cheers!   A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe. — Pierre Burton We Canadians live in a blind spot about our identity. We have very strong feelings about who we aren’t but only weak ones about who we are. We’re passionate about what we don’t want to become but oddly passive about what we should be. — John Cruickshank (in McLean’s Magazine)…

Canadian PM Wilfrid Laurier Quotes

Canada has been modest in its history, although its history, in my estimation, is only commencing. It is commencing in this century. The nineteenth century was the century of the United States. I think we can claim that Canada will fill the twentieth century. – Wilfrid Laurier Confederation is a compact, made originally by four provinces but adhered to by all the nine provinces who have entered it, and I submit to the judgment of this house and to the best consideration of its members, that this compact should not be lightly altered. – Wilfrid Laurier I claim for Canada…

Quotes from Canada’s earliest PMs

    Here are ten quotes from five of our country’s earliest Prime Ministers:  Alexander Mackenzie (1873-1878), Sir John Abbott (1891-1892), Sir John Thompson (1892-1894), Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1894-1896), and Sir Charles Tupper (1896).   I have always held those political opinions which point to the universal brotherhood of man, no matter in what rank of life he may have taken his origin. – Alexander Mackenzie But I refer to it now merely to say this: that the Reformers of this country will remember — those who were not alive at that time by reading, and those who were alive by having…

Great Quotes of Sir John A. Macdonald

. . . one people, great in territory, great in resources, great in enterprise, great in credit, great in capital. [a 1860 speech summed up his lifelong political creed and political goals] – Sir John A Macdonald If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.’…

Canada’s Prime Ministers on Politics

Sir John A. Macdonald is Canada’s first Prime Minister and a grand and colourful character whose accomplishments helped forged a nation from sea to sea.   Over the course of the next two months, we will focus on providing quotes from our country’s Prime Ministers. We begin with the quotes and quips of perhaps our greatest leader, Sir John A.: Politics is a game requiring great coolness. Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong. An election is like a horse-race, in that you can tell more…

How to respond to “Beware the Ides of March!”

Take note of how many times you might hear the phrase, “Beware the Ides of March.” For such an overused phrase, many are unaware of the origin of the cautionary greeting for March 15th. Here is the background on the Ides of March – so that you may respond to your greeters in kind. The term “Ides” comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which organized its months around three days that served as a reference point for counting the other days of the month: Kalends (1st day of the month) Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October;…

Regis Philbin: “What I’ve learned”

He was American’s “#1 Favourite Morning Personality” – Regis Philbin.  Here’s Regis on his life’s lessons. I understand the psychology of the average guy because that’s who I am. I grew up in a house trailer in North Carolina with no indoor plumbing. You never forget the rainy, cold days when you’d have to go so badly and the only place was outside to the privy. Likewise, you never forget the real hot summer days, either. It was quite odorific, let me tell you. No regrets. None. Not even the beatings when I was a child. I used those to…