Quotes 1 till 10 of 10.
Thomas B. Macaulay
American essayist and historian 1800-18590
A few more days, and this essay will follow the Defensio Populi to the dust and silence of the upper shelf... For a month or two it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.
English writer 1882-19410
A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
Chinese politician 1893-19760
A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
An idea might spark an essay, but never a story.
English writer 1709-17840
I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.
I trust that a graduate student some day will write a doctoral essay on the influence of the Munich analogy on the subsequent history of the twentieth century. Perhaps in the end he will conclude that the multitude of errors committed in the name of ''Munich'' may exceed the original error of 1938.
English writer 1894-19630
The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.
The great American food writer M. F. K. Fisher once wrote an essay called 'The Anatomy of a Recipe.' To have a good anatomy, in her view, a recipe should have a sense of logical progression. She despaired of recipes with 'anatomical faults,' where the reader is told to make a cake batter and only then to grease the loaf pans.
What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.
Alain de Botton
Swiss-born British author 1969--1
I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.