Here march the eaters of earth, the swallowers of rain.
—J. Aleksandr Wootton
Vanilla has become too genericized. It’s become standard, which is good. Vanilla is a household name. But the same standardization that’s made it so popular has taken the novelty out of it. Being the vanguard...
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace
Some want, to be exempt. They do not want to excel, they do not want to exert. They want to be considered excellent, for desiring to be held exempt, from all accountability.
Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous – who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves?
Friends, we have a hero living among us.
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
It’s possible, in a poem or a short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things– a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone,...
My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built. Life is commonplace; the papers are sterile; audacity and romance...
—Arthur Conan Doyle
I’m sorry.””Sorry? For what?” He straightened and moved a bit closer, sounding honestly puzzled.”I am not much of a conversationalist, I’m afraid. I am not used to – to any of this. You must find...
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