Quotes and Sayings about Draft



"To be a good draftsman was to me a blessing."
- John James Audubon
"The experiment of the poem is mostly intuitive. I write the first draft, pulling in the various elements that interest me, in the hope that their being combined will lead to some kind of insight."
- John Barton
(Related: Hope, Being, Draft, First, Interest, Will)

"Thus the Convention is unequivocal in its call for children to be consulted, to have their opinions heard and to have their best interests considered when law and policies are being drafted."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Being, Children, Law, Opinions)

"I was kind of confused. I thought, Well, if I get drafted, I'll go. Everybody was very concerned with it. I had friends who went. Some that came back and some that didn't."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Thought, Friends)

"Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Money, Draft)

"Drafting a constitution is only the first step. The constitution has to be granted legitimacy by open discussion and a fair, representative referendum."
- Emma Bonino
(Related: Constitution, First, Open)

"Basically I started to jot notes, lots of faxes back and forth to my writer, we faxed ideas throughout the whole first draft, and started all over again."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Ideas, Draft, First, Writer)

"The majority of them give the impression of being men who have been drafted into the job during a period of martial law and are only waiting for the end of the emergency to get back to a really congenial occupation such as slum demolition or debt collecting."
- Alan Brien
(Related: Men, Impression, Being, Debt, End, Job, Law, Majority, Occupation, Waiting)

"A universal draft is most often the instrument of Third World dictators."
- Joe Bob Briggs
(Related: Dictators, Draft, World)

"I certainly wanted to write a book that was honest about New Orleans without explaining it to death, so much so that the first draft contained references absolutely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn't lived here for several years."
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Related: Death, Draft, First, Years)

"The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Idea, Draft, First, Opera)

"We go through, I think, six different drafts of each script. And then my shooting it is roughly, you know, fifteen percent of the total work that gets done on a show. Then it's all post-production animation after that."
- Steve Burns
(Related: Work, Animation, Post)

"I had written in another draft a completely different kind of fight, but they said they couldn't afford to shoot it. They needed a fight scene, though, so I was told to put a fight scene in, but not the one I had written."
- Dana Carvey
(Related: Draft, Fight)

"In less than eighteen months, it prepared a first draft which it submitted to the General Assembly and which, at the end of one hundred sessions of elevated, often impassioned discussion, was adopted in the form of thirty articles on December 10, 1948."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: December, Draft, End, First, Months)

"I wasn't involved, except to the degree that they sent me drafts of the script as the writer turned them in. They asked me at one point to write a memo about what I thought of it."
- Michael Chabon
(Related: Thought, Writer)

"As New Zealanders, we've been in on the United Nations from the very beginning, played a role in the drafting of the charter - it means a lot to us that those processes are followed."
- Helen Clark
(Related: Beginning, Nations, United)

"To put it better, we believe the radar gun will get you drafted, but you have to pitch to get to the big leagues. Tools will get you drafted, but you have to be able to play to get to the big leagues."
- Roy Clark
(Related: Play, Tools, Will)

"We draft mostly high school kids and we have one of the finest, if not the finest, player development programs and coaching staffs and we teach our players the right way to play. We also have a game plan in scouting, and there are certain types of players that we look for."
- Roy Clark
(Related: Development, Coaching, Draft, Kids, Play, Right, School, Scouting)

"So I'm going to tell you, it's going to be a good year. There are good players all over this country, and it is our job as a scouting department to find them, draft them, sign them, develop them, and help us to continue to win championships. So it's going to be a good year."
- Roy Clark
(Related: Country, Draft, Help, Job, Scouting)

"I'm working on a new novel, in its 3rd draft, but it's hard to write while doing 7th Heaven."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Draft, Heaven)

"The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Genius, End, Interest, May, Posterity)

"Conservatives truly love America and support the armed forces, while liberals are unpatriotic draft dodgers."
- Joe Conason
(Related: Love, America, Draft, Liberals, Support)

"The bank told us we ought to sell this house to pay off our overdraft. Riders saved the day. I was so pleased when it got to number one, I went all around the fields crying and crying."
- Jilly Cooper
(Related: Day)

"I have a high guilt quotient. A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts. It can take from a day to two years-or longer."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Day, Guilt, Years)

"I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders. I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Day)

"I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share."
- R. Lee Ermey
(Related: Canada, Draft, Respect)

"I expected to get drafted. I knew that I wouldn't get drafted on that first day due to the fact that not a lot of people had the opportunity to see me play much."
- Nick Ferguson
(Related: People, Opportunity, Day, Fact, First, Play)

"The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Draft, First, Fun, Research, Word)

"I've never shown anybody a draft of anything."
- Shelby Foote
(Related: Draft)

"By the time I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be an artist. I was a born draftsman and liked all forms of art, so I just knew that's what I wanted to do."
- Frank Frazetta
(Related: Time, Art, Artist)

"The weeping voices rise straight up and strike the clouds. A passer-by at the roadside asks a conscript why, The conscript answers only that drafting happens often."
- Du Fu
(Related: Answers, Clouds, Weeping)

"I don't write drafts. I write from the beginning to the end, and when it's finished, it's done."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: Beginning, End)

"But although Australia was also involved in the Vietnam conflict, I can remember my dad telling us that if we were in Australia, we wouldn't be drafted until we were 20."
- Mel Gibson
(Related: Dad, Conflict, Vietnam)

"While not widely reported, our victories in Iraq are plentiful. National elections, a democratic parliament and the drafting of a constitution are just some of the victories throughout this embattled country."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Constitution, Country, Elections, Iraq, Parliament)

"I figured that pitchers had a better chance of getting drafted than fielders, so I decided I should be a pitcher. But I never expected to be picked in the first round. I wasn't even sure I'd get picked at all."
- Dwight Gooden
(Related: Chance, First)

"News is the first rough draft of history."
- Philip L. Graham
(Related: History, Draft, First, News)

"Having removed the dictator, the allies have moved to put Iraqis in control of Iraq. Now, as they draft and ratify their Constitution, we will indeed see the character of a new Iraqi nation revealed through the principles it chooses to uphold."
- Kay Granger
(Related: Character, Control, Constitution, Draft, Iraq, Nation, Now, Principles, Will)

"I try to write everyday. I do that much better over here than when I'm teaching. I always rewrite, usually fairly close-on which is to say first draft, then put it aside for 24 hours then more drafts."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Draft, First, Teaching)

"Generally I finish a first draft in 2-6 months, then I set it aside for a while so that when I come back to it I can read it with fresh eyes and figure out how to improve it."
- Margaret Haddix
(Related: Draft, Eyes, First, Months)

"After I've sent my revised draft to my agent and editor, they suggest more improvement sand again, this revision phase can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months."
- Margaret Haddix
(Related: Draft, Improvement, Months)

"I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: God, Draft)

"At the time it seriously troubled me, but in drafting me as Marshall Plan Administrator, President Truman did as great a favor for me as one man can do for another. It opened my eyes to many things of which I was totally unaware and it was the beginning of my real education."
- Paul Hoffman
(Related: Education, Time, Beginning, Eyes, Man, President)

"The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in."
- A. E. Housman
"The Indians could not undertake any widespread cultivation of the plains not only because they lacked iron tools but also because they had no draft animals."
- Ellsworth Huntington
(Related: Animals, Draft, Tools)

"Your generation and mine have had very little real experience; we've been severed from the direct experience of war by some very good things. By the end of the draft, and by the defeat in Vietnam."
- Michael Ignatieff
(Related: Experience, War, Defeat, Draft, End, Vietnam)

"I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: College, Draft, First, School)

"One of the things I noticed more in this draft than in any recent drafts was the importance of the character issue. Players who had baggage, like Justice, fell much farther than his talent dictated. But a lot of coaches didn't want to take the chance."
- Ron Jaworski
(Related: Talent, Character, Chance, Coaches, Draft, Importance, Justice, Want)

"Literature that keeps employing new linguistic and formal modes of expression to draft a panorama of society as a whole while at the same time exposing it, tearing the masks from its face - for me that would be deserving of an award."
- Elfriede Jelinek
(Related: Society, Time, Draft, Expression, Literature)

"I still say one of the greatest moments in my whole NBA career was getting drafted."
- Kevin Johnson
(Related: Career, Moments)

"I was happy that I was drafted, and then it was the Yankees and that just made it even better."
- Nick Johnson
"This does make me very very careful, particularly in the second draft, to get it right, because you do feel that somebody in the future who may be extremely important for everybody, is going to have me behind them, and this is a responsibility, a huge one."
- Diana Wynne Jones
(Related: Draft, Future, May, Responsibility, Right)

"I was drafted and went to Korea where I had an opportunity to create a production team that did dramatic and comedy shows. I had also done a little disc jockeying."
- Casey Kasum
(Related: Opportunity, Comedy, Production)

"After a Polish Pope, whose country was first to be invaded by the Germans in World War Two, we now have someone from the generation drafted at the close of the war."
- Horst Koehler
(Related: War, Country, First, Now, World, World war)

"I don't write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Work, Draft, Quick)

"The Iraqis have once again failed to meet a deadline for a final draft of the constitution."
- Matt Lauer
(Related: Constitution, Draft)

"To me the only real star of the movie is the writer. And I work with writers very closely, from outline to first draft and on to the seventh draft, whatever it takes. Then my job is to support the director to make the best movie we can. Some producers try to go past them, but my job is to support them."
- Dino De Laurentiis
(Related: Work, Draft, First, Job, Past, Support, Writer, Writers)

"All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!"
- T. E. Lawrence
(Related: Architecture, Detail, First, Will, World)

"You hate to see yourself do one draft of a script and then have somebody else come back in and change what you've done."
- Thomas Lennon
(Related: Change, Draft, Hate)

"The other thing that happened was my last military assignment - this was in the air force; I had enlisted in order to avoid being drafted as a private, and of course I only practiced medicine or psychiatry in the air force so I was never in any kind of violent combat."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Being, Force, Medicine, Military, Order, Psychiatry)

"When I was still in my psychiatric residency training in New York City, I was subjected to the doctor draft of that time, during the early fifties, at the time of the Korean War."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Time, War, Draft, Training)

"My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Father, Draft, First)

"It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Culture, Writer)

"In the draft plan, we're looking at recycling 20 percent of our garbage by 2010."
- Michael E. Mann
(Related: Draft, Recycling)

"I was part of the draft resistance movement in LA where we did demonstrations at the draft centre and burned our cards and made a lot of trouble on campus."
- Cheech Marin
(Related: Cards, Draft, Trouble)

"Once I've got the first draft down on paper then I do five or six more drafts, the last two of which will be polishing drafts. The ones in between will flesh out the characters and maybe I'll check my research."
- Colleen McCullough
(Related: Draft, First, Research, Will)

"In early draft it never satisfied me, and that was when it clicked into place and it went so well as a diary."
- Colleen McCullough
(Related: Draft)

"Second, there were the discussions and drafts leading up to the White Paper on Employment Policy of 1944 in which the UK government accepted the maintenance of employment as an obligation of governmental policy."
- James Meade
(Related: Government, Policy, Leading, Obligation)

"Rather than waiting to restore fiscal responsibility after we pass legislation, we must work to ensure we remain committed to it as we draft legislation."
- Gary Miller
(Related: Work, Draft, Legislation, Responsibility, Waiting)

"But I got drafted out of high school, and my mother wasn't having it. She was like, you're not about to think that you can just play ball, because if you get hurt, you're going to be out of luck."
- Shemar Moore
(Related: Mother, Hurt, Luck, Play, School)

"Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Men, Women, Being, College, Law, School)

"In the span of three years, the Iraqi people participated in three elections, drafted a constitution, and elected a new government. While more work remains, this is remarkable progress."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Work, Government, People, Progress, Constitution, Elections, Remarkable, Years)

"Back then I said to myself 'screw football.' Actually I just took part in this camp as there was nothing better for me to do. They also didn't draft me because they thought I was too wild and undisciplined."
- Ed O'Neill
(Related: Thought, Draft, Football, Nothing)

"It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Draft, France, Israel, Majority, Resolution)

"This is not a screenplay. I don't do twenty drafts. I'm not going to show this to you until it's published or accepted for publication. You can make whatever suggestions you want, but I probably will ignore them entirely."
- Robert B. Parker
(Related: Want, Will)

"Francisco Garcia could have been a high draft choice last year, probably in the 20s. He's the best wing player I've ever coached. But he's done it the right way. He knew he had to work on his body to become a good pro. When he goes into the pros, he'll be physically ready."
- Rick Pitino
(Related: Work, Body, Choice, Draft, Right)

"Corporate documents, like football game plans, are not easily drafted in a stadium, with thousands of very interested fans participating, each with their own red pencil, trying to reach a consensus on every word."
- Jon Postel
(Related: Corporate, Fans, Football, Trying, Word)

"Group discussion is very valuable; group drafting is less productive."
- Jon Postel
"I'm constantly revising. Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Draft)

"I read every script from beginning to end, and I read every draft that I can. I like the show, I like the character, and I want to protect both of those things."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: Character, Beginning, Draft, End, Want)

"The following year, after I had prepared my draft, the Conference of the Interparliamentary Union at The Hague decided to set up a special commission to study the problem seriously."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: Draft, Study)

"The draft is white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people."
- James Rado
(Related: People, Country, Draft, Fight)

"In the original draft I was 27 and Peter was 55 in the script. That's not the same as a guy in his 40s and a dad in the end of his 70s. It's a different point in both our lives."
- Paul Reiser
(Related: Dad, Draft, End)

"When you have a performer as talented as Bill Murray or as Harold, that can write as well as they can perform, you can do a final draft on the set if you think of it that way."
- Ivan Reitman
(Related: Draft)

"I generally write a first draft that's pretty lean. Just get the story down."
- Nora Roberts
(Related: Draft, First, Pretty)

"I don't fiddle or edit or change while I'm going through that first draft."
- Nora Roberts
(Related: Change, Draft, First)

"The average bright young man who is drafted hates the whole business because an army always tries to eliminate the individual differences in men."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Business, Men, Army, Man)

"The privatization law draft was recently released and I believe that very soon we will start applying it, of course taking into consideration the provisions of UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo)."
- Ibrahim Rugova
(Related: Consideration, Draft, Law, Mission, Nations, Will)

"I think I got spoiled and that writing a short story and getting it published, or writing a novel and getting it published, you pretty much get to do the first, second and third draft yourself without a whole lot of interference."
- John Sayles
(Related: Draft, First, Pretty, Writing)

"For me the writing, when I'm going to direct it myself, is really just the first draft, and I don't change it very much; I only change it on average about two lines per movie."
- John Sayles
(Related: Change, Draft, First, Writing)

"The Iraq war was fought by one-half of one percent of us. And unless we were part of that small group or had a relative who was, we went about our lives as usual most of the time: no draft, no new taxes, no changes. Not so for the small group who fought the war and their families."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: War, Draft, Iraq, Taxes)

"I normally keep a series of draft in a catalogue type of book in which I scribble, sketch and draw ideas."
- Jonathan Shapiro
(Related: Ideas, Draft)

"I want to warn anyone who sees the Peace Corps as an alternative to the draft that life may well be easier at Fort Dix or at apost in Germany than it will be with us."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Life, Peace, Draft, Germany, May, Want, Will)

"Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here."
- Gordon Sinclair
(Related: Home, American, Draft, Laws)

"Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It's the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It's that important, so don't mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Impression, First, Open, Sales, Will, Writer)

"Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It's one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Life, Draft, First, Moments, Writing)

"Which I would've done 'cause I volunteered for the draft which meant that I only had to do two years. But when the Cubans had missiles in the Canal and Kennedy made the extension, I was one of the ones who had enough time to be extended."
- Edwin Starr
(Related: Time, Draft, canal, Years)

"The benefit of this kind of outlining is that you discover a story's flaws before you invest a lot of time writing the first draft, and it's almost impossible to get stuck at a difficult chapter, because you've already done the work to push through those kinds of blocks."
- George Stephen
(Related: Time, Work, Draft, First, Flaws, Writing)

"I spent two months on the first draft, working 8 hours a day, five days a week."
- George Stephen
(Related: Day, Draft, First, Months)

"I remember the day I found out my draft status. I was really floored and kind of staggered around in a daze. It just hadn't occurred to me that I could end up in Vietnam."
- Parker Stevenson
(Related: Day, Draft, End, Vietnam)

"Writing, yeah. Me and my friend Scott Bloom just finished the first rough draft of a script. It's taken us three years to do, but we finally got a first draft. And we'll see whatever happens with that."
- Ethan Suplee
(Related: Friend, Draft, First, Writing, Years)

"The second draft is on yellow paper, that's when I work on characterizations. The third is pink, I work on story motivations. Then blue, that's where I cut, cut, cut."
- Jacqueline Susann
(Related: Work, Draft)

"Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: Constitution, Country, Draft, Help, Security, Struggle, Terrorism)

"The type of athletes we draft still need types of versatility on the defense side of the ball, run the offense. You should still be concerned on the offense side of the ball."
- Isaiah Thomas
(Related: Athletes, Defense, Draft)

"I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat."
- Pierre Trudeau
(Related: Government, Fact, Reading, State)

"Not until the final draft do I force myself to remember that I'm going to have to think about how it will affect other people."
- Anne Tyler
(Related: People, Draft, Force, Will)

"I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them - without a thought about publication - and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look from the outside."
- Anne Tyler
(Related: Work, Thought, Beginning, Draft, First, Will, Writer)

"We may need to change the way we think. As in Israel, I think there should be a mandatory draft, where you go away for the service of your country for three years."
- Steven Tyler
(Related: Change, Country, Draft, Israel, May, Service, Years)

"Maybe the answer to Selective Service is to start everyone off in the army and draft them for civilian life as needed."
- Bill Vaughan
(Related: Life, Army, Draft, Service)

"I'm against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Draft, Military)

"The greatest pleasure when I started making money was not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to have as many freshly typed drafts as possible."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Money, Buying, Pleasure)

"A peacetime draft is the most un-American thing I know."
- George Wald
(Related: Draft)

"New Yorkers should know that no one in the Administration, at the Department of Defense, or at the Selective Service System is advocating the reinstatement of the mandatory draft in any form."
- Jim Walsh
(Related: Defense, Draft, Service)

"Fox came to us with the concept for ICE AGE and they came to us with the first draft of the script. They also gave us a mandate to make it into a comedy from what was previously a rather dramatic action concept."
- Chris Wedge
(Related: Age, Action, Comedy, Draft, First)

"When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes."
- Len Wein
(Related: Difference, Draft, First, Right)

"No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft."
- H. G. Wells
(Related: Draft, Passion, World)

"If they make the deadline because the Shiites and Kurds essentially rammed a draft through over Sunni Arab objections, there will be hell to pay."
- Wayne White
(Related: Draft, Hell, Will)

"We have an incredible national forest service, and we have an incredible child outreach program that the president has put together. I don't see anything wrong with national service for a minimum of two years. If we were to require that, we wouldn't need a draft."
- Montel Williams
(Related: Outreach, Draft, President, Service, Wrong, Years)

"I have never written anything in one draft, not even a grocery list, although I have heard from friends that this is actually possible."
- Connie Willis
(Related: Draft, Friends)

"An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Related: Tools)

"By that time I was thinking a little about pro ball and hopeful that someone would draft me."
- Jack Youngblood
(Related: Time, Draft, Thinking)

"Boy, I'll tell you, when the Rams drafted me No. 1, it surprised me. I was walking on air for days."
- Jack Youngblood
(Related: Walking)

"My mom was sarcastic about men. She would tell me Adam was the rough draft and Eve was the final product. She was a feminist minister, an earth mom who wore a bra only on Sundays."
- Daphne Zuniga
(Related: Mom, Men, Draft, Earth, Sarcastic)