Inspirational quotes to keep you going in research

There will be times when you need a little boost and this is my set of inspirational quotes that we can turn to in our times of need! I went through my Twitter and compiled the top quotes that I’ve shared over the past two years.

Favourite Logan Pearsall Smith quotes:

  • People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
  • The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves
  • There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
  • What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
  • What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

The importance of incubating ideas in your subconscious. Quote by Betrand Russell

“Very gradually I have discovered ways of writing with a minimum of worry and anxiety.  When I was young each fresh piece of serious work used to seem to me for a time—perhaps a long time—to be beyond my powers.  I would fret myself into a nervous state from fear that it was never going to come right.  I would make one unsatisfying attempt after another, and in the end have to discard them all.  At last I found that such fumbling attempts were a waste of time.  It appeared that after first contemplating a book on some subject, and after giving serious preliminary attention to it, I needed a period of subconscious incubation which could not be hurried and was if anything impeded by deliberate thinking.  Sometimes I would find, after a time, that I had made a mistake, and that I could not write the book I had had in mind.  But often I was more fortunate.  Having, by a time of very intense concentration, planted the problem in my subconsciousness, it would germinate underground until, suddenly, the solution emerged with blinding clarity, so that it only remained to write down what had appeared as if in a revelation.”

The importance of keeping it simple and succinct. Quote by Betrand Russell

“There are some simple maxims—not perhaps quite so simple as those which my brother-in-law Logan Pearsall Smith offered me—which I think might be commended to writers of expository prose.  First: never use a long word if a short word will do.  Second: if you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences.  Third: do not let the beginning of your sentence lead the reader to an expectation which is contradicted by the end.  Take, say, such a sentence as the following, which might occur in a work on sociology:  “Human beings are completely exempt from undesirable behavior patterns only when certain prerequisites, not satisfied except in a small percentage of actual cases, have, through some fortuitous concourse of favorable circumstances, whether congenital or environmental, chanced to combine in producing an individual in whom many factors deviate from the norm in a socially advantageous manner.”  Let us see if we can translate this sentence into English.  I suggest the following:  “All men are scoundrels, or at any rate almost all.  The men who are not must have had unusual luck, both in their birth and in their upbringing.”  This is shorter and more intelligible, and says just the same thing.  But I am afraid any professor who used the second sentence instead of the first would get the sack.”

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