Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring, a south wind, not an east wind. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. —Samuel Johnson
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. —Francis Bacon
The above are borrowed from The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. Most of them I think would be well posted somewhere on IPP or on my soonish-to-be-made collaborative poetry wiki. (I've got MediaWiki running on my iBook now, but with no network connection it's kind of limited, you know?) Here's another trenchant quote from the book itself (not that I know what 'trenchant' means ...):Some students worry that embracing the kind of writing advocated here will choke out their own voices, leave them sounding like boring, unoriginal clones. Not so. Youthful incompetence, which is what this guide takes aim at (as well as writing incompetence in general) is usually a lot less interesting than its practitioners think.