Quotes and Sayings about Letters



"When I first began to combine letters other than Hebrew, I read every book in German that came my way, and from these I certainly received according to the nature of my soul."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Nature, Soul, First, Letters)

"Feedback is a pleasant thing. I get a lot of letters from unexpected people in unexpected places."
- Brian Aldiss
(Related: People, Letters)

"Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope."
- Shana Alexander
(Related: Expectation, Letters)

"My mother speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety."
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(Related: Home, Death, Mother, Life, Anxiety, Being, Duty, Letters, Living, Pain, Post, Relatives)

"Telling your story out loud is the way human beings communicate. We don't normally think up words, translate how to spell them and then move our fingers up and down over this randomly arranged set of keys to make the same letters appear on a screen."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Letters, Words)

"At present I answer about 100 letters a month, and read 300 emails."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Letters, Present)

"Aside from sales, the letters from readers have been primarily positive."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Positive, Letters, Sales)

"There are people who would rather choke than go see my movies. They write me letters all the time."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: Time, Movies, People, Letters)

"I've gotten a lot of livid letters about the awfulness of my work. I've never known what to make of it. Why do people bother to write if they hate what I do?"
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Work, People, Hate, Letters)

"It was my study of the two Corinthian letters that first caused me to concentrate my attention more directly on the relation of the apostle Paul to the older apostles."
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Related: Attention, First, Letters, Study)

"I get letters from kids, teenagers and young girls who just want to be Mac. I've had quite a few people actually say that they're going to become a Marine or a JAG lawyer because of me... the character. I think that's pretty cool!"
- Catherine Bell
(Related: People, Character, Girls, Kids, Letters, Pretty, Teenagers, Want)

"He who receives a great many letters demanding answer, sees himself as if engaged in a hopeless struggle of one man against the rest of the world."
- Anna C. Brackett
(Related: Letters, Man, Rest, Struggle, World)

"I've had songs written during the Falklands war, and during the first Gulf war I got letters from soldiers saying they were listening to these songs, like Island of no return."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: War, First, Letters, Listening, Saying, Soldiers, Songs)

"A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely."
- Pam Brown
(Related: Friendship, Letters, Needs, Silly, Weather)

"Most well-known serial killers have victims numbering in the dozens, have sent taunting letters to the police or have done bizarre things to the bodies."
- Pat Brown
(Related: Bizarre, Letters, Police, Victims)

"Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste."
- Thomas Edward Brown
(Related: Art, Nature, Morality, Letters, Man, Rules, Taste)

"There's always a great deal of business to be transacted in one's office. There are always visitors it seems to me, an unending stream of them, who come with letters of recommendation, or come actually on substantive business."
- David Bruce
(Related: Business, Letters, Office)

"If I'm just at the White House, I have meetings in my office, I sign letters, I plan different things. Late in the afternoon, I'll quit working and wait for my husband to get home."
- Laura Bush
(Related: Home, Husband, Letters, Meetings, Office)

"Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Letters, Man, Sound, Wine)

"When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: Money, Actor, Letters)

"Don't fear anything for your letters, they are burnt one by one and I hope you do the same with mine."
- Camille Claudel
(Related: Fear, Hope, Letters)

"I even got letters form kids in hospitals saying the music is what keeps them going, and that really touched my heart."
- Tom Cochrane
(Related: Music, Heart, Hospitals, Kids, Letters, Saying)

"I don't write polite letters. I don't like to plea-bargain. I like to fight."
- Roy M. Cohn
(Related: Fight, Letters)

"Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Criticism, Expression, Garden, Letters)

"I get letters from readers who say that they have always hated reading, but somebody suggested one of my books, they actually finished the book and enjoyed it, and they're going on to read another book. I'm thrilled that they have figured out that reading is fun."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Books, Fun, Letters, Reading)

"The letters were universally complimentary, and we designers loved hearing that our games were being enjoyed, but if they weren't sending us a picture of their screens most of those writers would have spent their time playing the game rather than writing letters."
- David Crane
(Related: Time, Being, Games, Hearing, Letters, Writers, Writing)

"I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love."
- Anita Diament
(Related: Love, Letters, Reading, Rejection, Writers)

"My songs are just little letters to me."
- Ani DiFranco
(Related: Letters, Songs)

"Over the last two years, I have been able to comb through The Prince's archives. I have been free to read his journals, diaries and many thousands of the letters."
- Jonathan Dimbleby
(Related: Diaries, Letters, Years)

"More than kisses, letters mingle souls."
- John Donne
(Related: Kisses, Letters)

"A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying."
- Lawrence Durrell
(Related: Love, Letters, Man, Woman)

"The letters from jail are always disconcerting."
- Eliza Dushku
(Related: Letters)

"Out all of these zillions of letters, one of the first ones that came was, as it turned out from Johnny Carson within the last five or six weeks of his life. I had worked with him. He lost a son who had worked for me."
- Dick Ebersol
(Related: Life, Son, First, Letters)

"One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Letters, Mail, Order)

"Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them."
- James Fallows
(Related: Enemies, Letters, Mail)

"This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Country, Letters, Right)

"I have asked myself once or twice lately what was my natural bent. I have no doubt at all: It is to look at each day for the evil of that day and have a go at it, and that is why I have never failed to have an acute interest in each morning's letters."
- Geoffrey Fisher
(Related: Day, Doubt, Evil, Interest, Letters)

"When I was a kid in Houston, we were so poor we couldn't afford the last 2 letters, so we called ourselves po'."
- George Foreman
(Related: Houston, Letters, Poor)

"Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Letters, Personality, Tests, Writer)

"The man of science, like the man of letters, is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract, selecting in his consideration only a single side of our complex and many-sided being."
- James G. Frazer
(Related: Science, Being, Consideration, Letters, Man, Mankind)

"I'm an advocate of the great Dr. Johnson, the English man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel."
- George Galloway
(Related: Patriotism, English, Letters, Man)

"Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Letters)

"More negatives write than call. It's a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic."
- John Hall
(Related: Sympathy, Contempt, Expression, Letters, Poor)

"In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived."
- Knut Hamsun
(Related: Age, Letters, Old, Past)

"After reviewing the polygraph charts in private, the polygraph examiner told me that I had passed and that he believed I had nothing to do with the anthrax letters."
- Steven Hatfill
(Related: Letters, Nothing)

"After eight months of one of the most intensive public and private investigations in American history, no one - no one - has come up with a shred of evidence that I had anything to do with the anthrax letters. I have never worked with anthrax. I know nothing about this matter."
- Steven Hatfill
(Related: History, American, Letters, Months, Nothing, Public)

"I have had nothing to do in any way, shape or form with the mailing of these anthrax letters, and it is extremely wrong for anyone to contend or suggest that I have."
- Steven Hatfill
(Related: Letters, Nothing, Wrong)

"Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of my election I received many letters from people representing all segments of the population and all professions, especially from the younger generation, linking my inauguration with great - far too great - expectations."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: People, Expectations, Ladies, Gentlemen, Letters, Population)

"Among the letters my readers write me, there is a certain category which is continuously growing, and which I see as a symptom of the increasing intellectualization of the relationship between readers and literature."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: Letters, Literature)

"Judging from the letters I've received from obviously feeble-minded persons who wish I would write another These Old Shades, it ought to sell like hot cakes."
- Georgette Heyer
(Related: Letters, Old)

"Well, I know that I'll never forget that, but also I won't forget the hundreds of people who sent me letters, telegrams, and postcards during that World Series. There wasn't a single nasty message. Everybody tried to say something nice."
- Gil Hodges
(Related: People, Forget, Letters, World)

"Lives of great men oft remind us as we o'er their pages turn, That we too may leave behind us - Letters that we ought to burn."
- Thomas Hood
(Related: Men, Letters, May)

"If I loved all the world as I do you, I shouldn't write books to it: I should only write letters to it, and that would be only a clumsy stage on the way to entire telepathy."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Books, Letters, World)

"I have always been a writer of letters, and of long ones; so, when I first thought of writing a book in the form of letters, I knew that I could do it quickly and easily."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Thought, First, Letters, Writer, Writing)

"I had never thought of myself as a dramatist, and, for really good technical results, the thought came too late: a man of letters has become too wordy to write economically for the stage."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Thought, Letters, Man, Results)

"To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters, the first and most essential to being a sound, believing Christian."
- David Hume
(Related: Christian, Being, First, Letters, Man, Sound)

"So, I got a lot of recruitment letters from track."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Letters)

"Over the last couple of years I have gotten an average of 2,000 letters a week from fans."
- Davy Jones
(Related: Fans, Letters, Years)

"I got hate letters from girls all over America because I wouldn't go to the prom with them."
- Davy Jones
(Related: America, Girls, Hate, Letters)

"You know these love letters mix with whisky, just don't light a match when you kiss me."
- Jon Bon Jovi
(Related: Love, Kiss, Letters, Light)

"I have always loved the process of making the music, reading the letters from the fans who get married to my music, have children to my music and play my music at their funerals."
- Wynonna Judd
(Related: Music, Children, Fans, Funerals, Letters, Play, Reading)

"I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Letters, Reading)

"That something extra, I believe, is a certain humanity that comes from upbeat and positive human interest letters and success stories. Advertisers like to be associated with those qualities."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Success, Positive, Humanity, Interest, Letters)

"The stories are success stories. The letters from listeners often touch the heart and can be inspiring."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Success, Heart, Inspiring, Letters)

"I'd like to feel that an advertiser gets something extra when they advertise with us - a certain humanity that comes from upbeat and positive human interest letters and success stories."
- Casey Kasum
(Related: Success, Positive, Humanity, Interest, Letters)

"I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications. Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you're really connecting."
- Casey Kasum
(Related: Letters, Reading)

"When I think of the library of Alexandria and of the fact that, although it burnt down, people continue to sort the letters of the alphabet according to that tradition, then that makes certain expressions of modernity, even of interventions on the textual level, possible."
- Alexander Kluge
(Related: People, Fact, Letters, Modernity, Tradition)

"I receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Work, First, Letters, Will)

"I wish there was something that - I get all those wonderful letters and wonderful acknowledgments, and I wish I could be more appreciative of what I do. But it's hard for me."
- Harvey Korman
(Related: Letters)

"Writings scatter to the winds blank checks in an insane charge. And were they not such flying leaves, there would be no purloined letters."
- Jacques Lacan
(Related: Flying, Letters)

"I get letters from women, and they say, 'I love your Roman nose.' If I weren't on TV and I walked past that same woman, she'd go, 'Did you see the beak on that guy?"
- Matt Lauer
(Related: Love, Women, Letters, Past, Woman)

"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Letters, Miracles, World)

"When I was very little, we would get letters from China, in Chinese, and they' be censored. We were a very insular little family."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Family, Letters)

"Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Army, Challenge, Letters, Newspapers)

"In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected."
- Clare Boothe Luce
(Related: Men, Politics, Women, Letters, Vote)

"Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world."
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Men, Temple, Letters, Man, World)

"If I ever saw an amputee getting hanged, I'd probably just start calling out letters."
- Demetri Martin
(Related: Letters)

"We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility."
- Judith Martin
(Related: Etiquette, Hiring, Job, Law, Letters, Man, Responsibility)

"Not only did I avoid speaking of Salinger; I resisted thinking about him. I did not reread his letters to me. The experience had been too painful."
- Joyce Maynard
(Related: Experience, Letters, Thinking)

"If a man wishes to truly not be written about, he would do well not to write letters to 18-year-old girls, inviting them into his life."
- Joyce Maynard
(Related: Life, Girls, Letters, Man, Wishes)

"I get a lot of letters. Not only from children but from adults, too. Almost every week, every month, clippings come in from some part of the world where ducks are crossing the street."
- Robert McCloskey
(Related: Children, Letters, World)

"He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between."
- John McPhee
(Related: Letters)

"I used to get letters from girl reporters saying that their lives were nowhere near as exciting as Brenda's. I told them that if I made Brenda's life like theirs, nobody would read it."
- Dale Messick
(Related: Life, Letters, Saying)

"My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."
- A. A. Milne
(Related: Letters, Spelling, Wrong)

"I get about 25 letters a month, and I answer every one of them."
- Mary Ann Mobley
(Related: Letters)

"I am constantly getting letters from inconsistancies in the back stories of these characters."
- Joe Murray
(Related: Letters)

"The position of modern science, as far as an ignorant man of letters can understand it, seems not a step in advance of that held by Huxley and Romanes in the last century."
- Albert J. Nock
(Related: Science, Letters, Man)

"Average Americans are going to win this, not me. And not just your organization, not just the providers of health care, but the American people are going to cause this to happen. But they have to keep sending those cards and letters."
- Charlie Norwood
(Related: Health, People, American, Americans, Cards, Care, Cause, Letters)

"I have like 250 letters that I have to whittle it down to 150. Only then do you have the whole overview of a book. When it was finally edited, at least my take was, everybody's lying. You know?"
- Don Novello
(Related: Letters, Lying)

"I wrote that letter, and the one to Nixon. And I wrote more letters, and I thought it might be a magazine article. At that time I sent it to Esquire and Playboy, but anyway, I kept writing, and all of sudden I had enough and thought, well maybe it is a book."
- Don Novello
(Related: Time, Thought, Letters, Nixon, Writing)

"We hope that the elected officials will respond positively to a ground swell of letters, phone calls, e-mails and visits from parents. The law clearly states that the responsibility for giving a sound basic education to our children lies with New York State."
- Major R. Owens
(Related: Education, Hope, Children, Giving, Law, Letters, Lies, Parents, Responsibility, Sound, State, states, Will)

"If you want to act, you have to devote yourself to it. Send out letters and photos every day, work all the hours under the sun, whatever it takes. If you're not determined, you won't get anywhere."
- Christopher Parker
(Related: Work, Act, Day, Letters, Sun, Want)

"The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Art, Curiosity, End, Letters, Will)

"I never think of myself as any kind of sex symbol, but I get letters from all over, all sorts. It's really cool. I get a lot from inmates, which is kind of scary. But the best was the guy who wanted to send me a plane ticket to fly me to his prom."
- Laura Prepon
(Related: Sex, Letters, Symbol)

"Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day."
- Richard Price
(Related: Day, Letters, Mind, Writers, Years)

"Thus, the poet's word is beginning to strike forcefully upon the hearts of all men, while absolute men of letters think that they alone live in the real world."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Men, Beginning, Letters, Word, World)

"My readers at that time were still men of letters; but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Men, Time, People, Letters, Poems, Waiting)

"I will never understand people who think that the way to show their righteous opposition to sexual freedom is to write letters full of filthy words."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: People, Freedom, Letters, Opposition, Will, Words)

"The little words in the Republic of Letters, like the little folks in a nation, are the most useful and significant."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Letters, Nation, Words)

"For over a year I continued to submit mss, and have them rejected - the last few with rejection letters indicated the story was pretty good, but I was American."
- Nora Roberts
(Related: American, Letters, Pretty, Rejection)

"I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too."
- Norman Rockwell
(Related: Love, People, Letters)

"I mean I appreciate fan mail and that the people like what I am doing but I can't answer it. If I would answer 25 letters a day I would be just a guy answering mail and not an artist anymore."
- Henry Rollins
(Related: People, Artist, Day, Letters, Mail)

"Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters."
- Ernestine L. Rose
(Related: Books, Rights, Human rights, Letters, Nothing, Opinions, Opposition)

"I wrote poems in my corner of the Brooks Street station. I sent them to two editors who rejected them right off. I read those letters of rejection years later and I agreed with those editors."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Brooks, Editors, Letters, Poems, Rejection, Right, Years)

"Sometimes I have to compromise my views, but I never compromise on issues like the death penalty and the arm trade laws, despite what the readers or letters may say."
- Jonathan Shapiro
(Related: Death, Compromise, Laws, Letters, May, Trade)

"The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate."
- William Shenstone
(Related: Intelligence, Time, Friendship, Letters)

"There are all kinds of letters and protests that come from, not surprisingly, Japanese fishermen, the fishermen's wives; there are student groups, all different types of people; the protest against the Americans' use of the Pacific for nuclear testing."
- Martha Smith
(Related: People, Americans, Fishermen, Letters, Protest, Testing, Wives)

"Now I know that that is just the phenomena of eating this way. Most all of my letters say I hit a plateau and then one morning I woke up and the melt had happened."
- Suzanne Somers
(Related: Eating, Letters, Now)

"A typical agent in New York gets 400 query letters a month. Of those, they might ask to read 3-4 manuscripts, and of those, they might ask to represent 1."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Letters)

"When we did Dynasty, it was the clothes. I think the clothes affected every woman around the world. I got so many letters, I think we made the designer a millionaire!"
- Aaron Spelling
(Related: Clothes, Letters, Woman, World)

"Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: Time, Letters, Politeness)

"Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season. All great men of letters have therefore been enthusiastic walkers."
- Leslie Stephen
(Related: Men, Intellect, Letters, Man, Play, Recreation, Walking)

"The picture has made its million back in four months; I have been overwhelmed by letters, hundreds of them, literally, begging me in my next production not to swing over the shallow trash of mother love, father love, sister love, brother love."
- Erich von Stroheim
(Related: Love, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Letters, Months, Production)

"Although a madman, Norton wrote letters to Abraham Lincoln and Queen Victoria which they took seriously."
- Kerry Thornley
(Related: Letters, Queen)

"We were very kindly received by the English merchants to whom my companion had letters, and we set ourselves to learn what was the real state of things in Mexico."
- Edward Burnett Tylor
(Related: English, Letters, State)

"But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography."
- John Updike
(Related: Biography, Letters)

"Mum used to hide love letters from my boyfriends and put me down. Now I understand that she was a Polish immigrant forced to settle in Chicago. She was jealous of the freedom life gave me."
- Ruby Wax
(Related: Life, Love, Chicago, Freedom, Letters, Now)

"It is hardly fair to accuse us of ignorance when it was made a crime under the former order of things to learn enough about letters to even read the Word of God."
- George H. White
(Related: God, Crime, Ignorance, Letters, Order, Word)

"I received thousands of letters of support from all around the world, all because I wanted to go to school."
- Ryan White
(Related: Letters, School, Support, World)

"It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters."
- Vanna White
(Related: Job, Letters, World)

"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity."
- Walt Whitman
(Related: Art, Expression, Glory, Letters, Light, Simplicity)

"When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams."
- Charlotte Whitton
(Related: Money, Actor, Letters)

"Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels."
- P. G. Wodehouse
(Related: Letters)

"I started getting letters from college in the tenth grade."
- James Worthy
(Related: College, Letters)

"I don't know why Sinclair Lewis fell in love with me. He didn't get even the slightest response from me. But his letters were lovely. And the poems he wrote me were lovely. I used some of them in my book."
- Fay Wray
(Related: Love, Letters, Poems)