Quotes from Vizzini

After I got my Twitter account, I realized that it would be very difficult for me to come up with something pithy to say in 140 characters every day or so. That’s just not me, and I’m not sure anyone really cares about my opinions on celebrity self-embarassments or tragic news stories. If you do care, just ask and I’ll let you know.

As a writer, I do love a great turn of phrase and I admire other writers who craft thoughts in such a way that makes them sizzle with depth and meaning. I have been collecting quotes since 2006 and have gathered a treasure trove of wisdom (and sometimes wise-cracks) which I wouldn’t mind sharing, one tweet at a time. I’ve decided to name them Quotes from Vizzini after a favorite character from The Princess Bride.

(Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons…)

The first quote is my personal favorite, from a Roman writer named Ovid who lived during the time of Caesar Augustus. I discovered Ovid after watching a documentary on William Shakespeare and learned that he was a source of wit and wisdom for that great writer. (Tip of the hat):

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” – Ovid


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  • Mattie says:

    Dear Mr Wheeler
    I just finished your final book about the Wretched. I was hooked from the very first page. I am a devout Christian and it was refreshing to see the very subtle undertones of Christianity. You have managed to combine two of my favorite loves: my faith and my favorite reading genre. Thanks bunches.



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