The Basic s
Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since
it is a dangerous and contagious disease.
Peter Abelar d
Letter 8 , Abelar d t o Helois e
Judge an artist not by the quality of what is framed and hanging on
the walls, but by the quality of what's in the wastebasket.
Anon., quote d b y Lesli e Lampor t
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
W. E . Henle y
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good
is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
Samuel Johnso n
In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers
are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you
have to explain what a writer is.
Geoffrey Cottere l
It may be true that people who are merely mathematicians have cer-
tain specific shortcomings; however, that is not the fault of mathe-
matics, but is true of every exclusive occupation.
Carl Friedric h Gaus s
letter t o H . C . Schumache r 
In fifty years nobody will have tenure but everyone will have a Ph.D.
V. Wickerhause r