"You must know the rules.  You must be on friendly, even intimate, terms with them.  That way you can take one aside some evening, slip away for a few drinks, invite the rule back to your place, and then gently and with great tenderness violate the hell out of it." (Jay Brandon, Don’t Break that POV, Hand Me the Pliers, in Rules of Thumb, Martone and Neville, editors)

"When you die, I believe, God isn't going to ask you what you published.  God's going to ask you what you wrote." (T.M. McNally, Big Dogs and Little Dogs, in Rules of Thumb, Martone and Neville, editors)

"God made man because he loves stories."  (traditional Chasidic parable re-told by Eli Weisel in The Gates of the Forest)

"If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented."
  (Stephen King, Everything You Need to Know about Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes, in The Writers Handbook).

"Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" (The Treasure of Sierra Madre)

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