I’m a fan of quotations, aphorisms, epigrams and one-liners. If it can be said with brevity and wit, I’m game to hear it.
Professional wags like Woody Allen and Oscar Wilde have made a fine living doing as little writing as possible (between other, sizable contributions, of course).
We’ve all heard “that 90 percent of success is just showing up” and we also know “that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about,” respectively.
There’s been an uptick in my awareness of quotes lately, not least of which because Twitter, say, lends itself quite well to the aphoristic tendency. Also, I have no damned time to read, let alone write, when I’m not reading and writing on the clock. Whenever I feel my blog is going a bit feral, instead of hunkering down and writing something long form – which at this point means a mere 200 to 300 words – I write a quote.
Admittedly, quoting oneself is the writer’s equivalent of posting a “selfie” on Instagram and calling it content. But when you’re pressed for time and you want your byline on something, a bit of pith and a long dash followed by one’s own name will suffice.