Personal Encouragement & Exhortation to Writers & Aspiring Writers

A writer is someone who has trained their butt to sit down. For a long time. Well, dear unknown, I’ll tell you something: Writing is not easy. Ask around. I’m not writing this because I fancy myself being a good writer, but because I know many good fellows (known to me) who have stopped because of the immense labor and sheer fright when they consider putting their work out there.

Writers will tell you many stories; stories that evoke emotions, stories that get you “hooked” as you read through their works. They are the most alone, not lonely, of people. Sometimes they get completely lost in their minds, literally; and for this reason they may shun all public entourage. I understand. I know.

The world (kinda!) depends on writers for their views; in some sense, that is. Their work is to make you think for yourself! But this does not make them special, nay. Far from it. It confirms to them their accepted and given vocation from God “the giver of all good gifts”—being a writer!

So then, dear unknown, learn to bleed through your pen. Majestically. Do not let discouragement keep you from your vocation, your God-called vocation. Whatever field it is you’re suited. To write well is to make millions of misstep; and, I reckon, no one has ever perfected in the art of writing. No one. That’s why criticism exists in this field. Without constructive criticism, there’s no growth.

A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility of we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you’ll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble. If pride clings to you in your writing and become proud as a writer, my dear fellow, you’ll be doomed and forever forgotten.

A writer learns to see what others aren’t saying or are afraid of saying and strives to write about the silence. That’s where courage lies. Discipline, persistence, consistency, [careful] reading, defines a true writer. Remember these things, dear unknown, and all will be well in your journey as a writer. Everything can be turned into a story if we just spoke less and listened more, yea, observe intently!

Lastly, if no one understands you, write. Writing is penetrating the soul without neglecting the body. Pick your sword, which is your pen, and write!

Read MORE of my Personal Meditations on Writers & Writing. Thank you.

Personal Meditation on Books & Reading (Part 5)

Hello, fellow readers and writers! Thank you for stopping by! As many of you already know, I’m a book lover. Okay. I’m a book addict! I devour them mercilessly! Haha. I hope my Personal Meditations will spur your desire for books & reading?! God bless! – Thompson.

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Enrich the heart by private study. 
Having a companion that loves the same kind of books as you do, the same craving for reading as you do, the same serenity as you possess, is a form of unspeakable felicity found in a friend. There is not a word yet for a companionship reading. 
Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash.
Hoarding books is good, but reading them is better. Hoard no book which you do not intend to read. Books need interlinkage, not segregation — closeting. 
Books demand our attention or they will have none of it from us if we continue treating them casually. 
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It is good to be focused in one subject, but it is more prudent to prevent a burnout and lack of motivation thereof by engaging in wide reading. 
It is very hard to admire men who mishandle their books. I don't know, it is not right. It is criminal. 
Unknown.
I get extremely anxious and tired when I'm around people for long periods of time. Better in a company of books than a lot of people. 
Unknown.
Books are not meant for exams. It is more than that! Until we learn to read well, we will never study well. I mean, if we do not know why books exist in classrooms, our study will not benefit us even if we get the grades, good grades. 
As a rule, I'd say it is criminal to read books to pass an exam. A better way would be: study well to pass exams. Internalize the matter. This, of course, does not mean you should only study solely to pass exams. No. You see, we live in a society that has trained many a student to read only for exams. 
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I hold that many people have bookshelves. We know its purpose, right? To hold our books, precious books. But isn't it amazing how we always buy books and never, in most cases, end up reading them? Like most Bibles, our books end up being dust collectors. 
Some books are not meant to be finished but recognized they exist. 
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We must be intentional when it comes to books, my friends. That's the only way we can reap their benefits. Remember, books are the best of friends. Of course, after dogs! This is the thing, anyone in possession of (and loves) books can attest that these authors are our silent friends who are ever eager to have a "chat" with us. 
Books, for the most part, if left unattended, will not attend to the man. They are that faithful. Leave them for ten years, they'll wait. You may call that ultimate loyalty. I value literature very much. 
Do not kid yourself that reading text messages or emails is the same as reading real books.
Designate 30 minutes for reading daily and nothing else. I have not said 2 hours. 30 minutes. Only. 
Unknown.
Humility and reading go together. 
Prideful reading begets prideful results. 
Reading brings you to the mercy of the author. 
Reading saves everyone's time. 
A good book is an event in itself. Invest time in reading. 
Do not fall into the trap of this generation where status is measured by "How Many" books you've read. 
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Love books. Love reading. Love reading. Love books. 
Books cannot make us smart, but they can certainly make us wise. 
Reading and writing are married. 
It is better and often beneficial to read a book slower than in much haste. The one who patiently takes time to read a book is in a better class of patience than him who is ever in a hurry, who never learns anything — the virtue of patience. 
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Something very magical happens when a man brings to bed a book and not a phone. Like pancakes, books save lives! 'Books are children of the brain.' 




Long time (years) ago an old buddy of mine came and saw some books placed in my bed. The bed was huge then and I always carry a book with me to bed and never leave with it in the morning [repeat the cycle]! He was very quick to remind me that when I marry those "little mistresses of yours will have to find another spot or risk being donated." Damn, Alexandria, what a friend!
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In books, I find something I cannot find in a lot of people, genuine company. People love people for all weird reasons. 
There is no friend like Christ Jesus! Christ sticketh closer than a brother; books accompany you to a world you never thought existed. I know that when my life curtain closes for the next one, beside Christ; at least I'd leave knowing I made some real friends in-between pages, genuine friends who held me by the hand and showed me their world by their words. 
Books, as I often say and write, are my little mistresses. 
Unknown.
Just realized I'm a librarian (kinda!). I've thousands of books and I'm the one responsible for them. Arranging, collecting, reading, recommending, and stocking! Where's the library? In my house! 
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Have you ever read a book and come to the end feeling like you've lost a dear friend? That's the thing about books. Once you let them in, they never let you out! 
Social media is entertaining, in moderation that is, but books are not only entertaining, but pleasing and worthy — an odyssey through past, present, and future — an expedition through time! 

“Why do you always charge people to read, Thompson?”

Well, my friends, it's simple. I do not read to be smarter than the next man, no. That's nonsense; folly! Genius is not the same as the number of books you read. I read because I love the process of reading. There's a "magic" which sparks when men begin to deliberately read. 
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My works are before me, as a writer, that is. These words and books are the children of the brain. And, is it not well that the author should behold the fruits of his labor? Quod scripsi, scripsi "What I have written; I have written." 
Entering into a library or a bookstore always feels like I'm about to cheat on my loveliest person. Good grief, thank God she adores libraries! 
It is a hard thing to be a writer without being a frequent visitor to a personal library. Plainly put, if someone says they are a writer, the next "logical" sentence would be, "I'd very much love to pay homage to your private library, sir/madame." You're wise and know how to apply. 
I hereby proclaim war to anyone who dare speak ill of books. Try me. I'll bookmark you immediately! 
Unknown.
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, "automatically" your free tour guide. 
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A book a day is man's best friend. Reading is one of the greatest pleasures given to humankind. A voyage of books. As Confucius noted,'You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.' 
Remember the objective of reading is not to appear well-read. Read everyday. No matter what has happened the day or night before, sit down and read. 
Reading is hard, but that is not a just cause to avoid it altogether. 
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All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
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A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
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When I'm not reading I always think of what I'll read next. 
Turn off unnecessary folly and read. 
Reading is a skill, a science. Cultivate it.
Men die; books live. Or to put it plainly and precisely, the same book(s) which men neglected to open and study belowhere, will be the same book(s) opened to examine [judge] them hereafter. "And the books were opened!" 
I once walked across this street and got to see something impressive. I smiled convincingly and this blonde lady was at the other side of the room, inside. The poor lady thought my smile was for her, but I intended it for the carefully organised books at their store. Of course, I had to produce another smile; why not? 
I have unspeakable joy when I sit or enter in my study room and thereon see my vast library; all these books smiling at me, and I, at they — as friends who will in a few minutes fall in love with each other! 
Unknown.
One book at a time. 
A book a day keeps a...you know what, even I don't know. Just get a book and read! 
The end of all reading is peace. 
Secret prayer and reading go together. You cannot benefit from the latter if you neglect the former. 
There is such a thing as bookingship.  
Reading and solitude are married unless toilet breaks proclaim the divorce.
Coffee without a book to read? Are you kidding me? 
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I have a positive weakness and a strong sense of admiration for men and women who read. 
Reading, writing, and listening to good music keeps me sane. 
If I can make even one little child discover the joy of literature, I shall count that moment ever felicious for the rest of my mortal life. 
Every person has a story that can be turned into a book. 
The world is a beautiful place if you meet up with a beautiful author. 
Knowing how to read is knowing what to read and who to read with. 
Book life is no bored life. On the contrary. 
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Whoever gifts you a book loves a part of you which you know nothing about. 
Dust and books is a thing. 
The way to read is to read. 
Reading and meditation go together. We must digest every word that proceeds from a written source, not merely believing everything that is written. 
Perhaps mosquitoes cheer us when we sleep and read at night! 
If you can't reach or go there, read. 
"These are my 'world'. What social dissipation is to another man, study is to me - worldliness." 
I recommend men to the library; there are many stories there; surely there must be a story for every man. Go, therefore. 
The massage of the brain is reading of books. 
Avid reading is not reading without thinking, but thinking while reading. 
Books are full of corridors that must be toured; go further and you'll see the unseen. 
A reading friendship is the beginning of a wonderful story. 
As a writer, I cannot make my readers feel everything I'm feeling; but I can try [to] show them what I'm feeling. 
A disciplined reading life is full of wonderful stories, not fool of words. 
Dead authors are full of life. 

50 Book Recommendations for Young Readers

It is never too early to cultivate a culture of reading, especially in children. I was raised up in an environment of thousands of books. Reading, then, did not come up naturally (although it kinda did if I think about it), but it was instilled in us tactfully and intentionally, not puissantly. Books are man’s best friends. I’m sorry to all dog and cat owners. I’m of the strong opinion that mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers should all strive to build an appreciation of great reading into young minds.

I hope this list will stir us to consider reading as part of our daily routine. For those who’ll take up the challenge and expose their young children to this list, do not be discouraged if some of them do not seem to “get it” as it were.

In fact, for some children, they can pick up immediately, others not so much. Children have varying cognitive abilities. This is where the parent and guardian comes in. Reading these stories aloud. Be intentional. You never know the amount of impact it will leave in your children.

Lastly, and this should be said louder: NEVER read to APPEAR smart-ER than the next man, but read because you love the process of reading. Books will not make us clever, but they can certainly make us wise. I’m not (and never will be) interested in men who read many books for show or pomp; but if a man after reading many books can in each be humbled and remain humble, then it is prolly good to be attracted in such-like fellows.

Humility and reading go together; prideful reading begets prideful results. Teach your children this. Reading is a skill, a science. Cultivate it. Avid reading is not reading without thinking, but thinking while reading. Books are full of corridors that must be toured; go further and you’ll see the unseen; if you can’t reach or go there, read.

Great Books for Young Readers: 50 Recommendations

(1) Aesop: Fables

This Greek classic is a collection of very short tales and proverbs which illustrate character strengths and flaws. It is a rich treasure of moral teaching for both young and old.

(2) Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

Book on family life. Provides realistic yet powerful example of morality for children and adults alike. Suitable for young teens.

(3) Anne Frank: Diary of a Little Girl

A heart warming and wrenching diary of a young girl in hiding with her family under the rule of Nazi Germany. The book teaches timeless lessons about tolerance, loyalty, and the value of human life. Note: Some editions have not included the whole material. You’ll need to pay close attention. Also, be aware some parts are a bit graphic, but not off-putting. Suitable for young girls.

(4) John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress

A timeless and rich classic that needs to be side-by-side with your Bible. This is an allegorical picture of the spiritual life, Christian life. ‘The adaptation called Dangerous Journey (published by Edermans) does a good job of putting the story within the reach of children without sacrificing its substance and power.’ Worth every buck.

(5) Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales

Love fairy tales? Bed stories? Fancy this.

(6) Brothers Grimm: Fairy Tales

‘Two of the classic collections of fairy tales, these include most of the popular favorites. In their original versions they are more violent and less prone to “happy endings” than some of the modern versions of these tales. These stories make a good fodder for family discussions of moral values and of how to deal with difficult situations.’

(7) J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan

I still have my copy. A charming adventure tale about a young boy who doesn’t want to grow up. There are some films made out of the book, but read the book first.

(8) L. Frank Baum: The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy’s adventures in Oz make for delightful and imagination-stirring reading. Along the way, we are provided with a powerful picture of the human search to overcome our inadequacies, and a realization that the resources for change are within the grasp of us all.

(9) Micheal Bedard: Emily

Who is this unusual reclusive neighbor who writes poetry? A sweet little tale about a girl who discovers that her neighbor is the famous poet Emily Dickinson.

(10) Ludwig Bemelmans: Madeline

A brave girl who faces her appendix removed.

(11) William J. Bennet: The Book of Virtues

An indipensable collection of stories and extracts grouped together by the character qualities they teach. There are hours’ worth of valuable material for the whole family contained betwixt the covers of this hefty volume.

(12) R. Brasch: The Book of the Year

Do you ever wonder why we celebrate some holidays set aside in our calendars? This book covers every fact and detail where and why these sundry holidays are deeply held by the human species. It’s a fun and curious work.

(13) Charles Sheldon: In His Steps

A spiritual classic that sadly goes under the radar today. The penetrating and provocative question “What would Jesus do?” in all of life’s complex situation is the central theme of this book. It is the soul-stirring novel of men and women torn between their faith and the demands, compulsions, and temptations of life.

(14) Pamela McQuade: The Top 100 Women of the Bible

Meet the greatest women of the Bible: some you could hug, others you’ll admire, and a few you’d probably run from, screaming. Get to know: Abigail, beautiful and wise, but married to a fool; Hannah, childless and desperate; Jochebed, defying the law to save her baby; Pilate’s wife, speaking truth despite public opinion; Sapphira, victim of her own greed and deceit; Zilpha, staying positive in a negative world, and many more, etc.

(15) Christina Bjork: Linnea in Monet’s Garden

This charming story about a young girl who visits the garden of the great painter Monet affirms the importance of great art.

(16) Micheal Bond: A Bear Called Paddington

The humorous misadventures of a loveable, but none-too-bright bear, known for his oversized hat, blue duffle coat, and red Wellington boots.

(17) Jan Brett: Beauty and the Beast

Although prone to many interpretations, this book will show us that beauty is more ‘than skin-deep and that true love involves sacrifice. A light reading.

(18) Margaret Wise Brown: Goodnight Moon

Good for bedtime tales and tell. Warming and soothing book.

(19) Jean de Brunhoff: The Story of Babar

The life story of a talking elephant’s adventures in France and as king of the elephants. Delightful illustrations.

(20) Sheila Burnford: The Incredible Journey

An exciting tale about a dog and a cat who brave the wild in search of their owner. Little children will enjoy this.

(21) Lewis Carrol: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Alice Through the Looking Glass

The Alice stories are marked by a seemingly endless supply of wit and invention. They can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages, but most children will enjoy them more when they are a bit older.

(22) Susan Coolidge: What Katy Did

A wonderful book that follows the development of character and virtue in a young girl after a crippling accident.

(23) Roald Dahl: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A delightful and humorous tale about a young boy whose goodness and decency earn him his dream. His fate is contrasted with those who are greedy, gluttonous, self-absorbed, and disobedient.

(24) Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

This is the fascinating tale of a man stranded on a desert island who must learn to survive with his meager store of food and tools. Defoe’s tale has explicit references to the sovereignty of God and our need to trust in Him. The story raises many moral issues.

(25) Tomie dePaola: The Clown of God

The very moving story of a beggar boy who becomes a famous juggler and learns to dedicate his gift to God.

(26) Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

The classic tale of a cruel and selfish man who discovers what is really important in life. A Tale of Two Cities is more difficult, but very rewarding.

(27) Arthur Conan Doyle: Sherlock Holmes stories

Beginning with A Study in Scarlet, Doyle wrote four novels and numerous short stories about his fictional detective. Holmes is a model of how to use logical deductive thinking to solve problems. The books are exciting as well as intellectually challenging. The vocabulary is sometimes diffcult, so they are recommended for older children.

(28) Clifton Fadiman: World Treasury of Children’s Literature (2 Volumes)

Fadiman has gathered together in these two volumes some of the finest children’s writing of all time. The set includes poetry, short stories, myths, and selections of longer stories. Both classic and modern pieces are included in this cornucopia of fine children’s literature.

(29) Don Freedman: Corduroy

An adorable bear finds the home he has always dreamed of.

(31) Charles and Mary Lamb: Tales from Shakespeare

The Lambs manage to capture much of the power and beauty of Shakespeare’s dramas in their prose renditions. While no subsitute for the bard himself, they are a great introduction to the riches your children can find later in reading the original plays for themselves.

(32) John Brown: The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas

If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine year old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

(33) Clive Staples Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia [The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; The Magician’s Nephew; The Horse and His Boy; The Last Battle]

A wonderful series of books about some children who find their way into the land of Narnia, where they experience exciting adventures which teach us and them a great deal about redemption, salvation, and the life of faith. These are powerful theological insights artfully cloaked in delightful allegorical tales. Every child should be exposed to the spiritual and moral lessons taught in these classics. Older children and adults will gain much pleasure and insight from Lewis’s space trilogy and others of his many great books.

(34) Clive Staples Lewis: Letters to Children

Children who enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia will probably be interested in these letters, many of which discuss the meaning and origin of the Narnian tales.

(35) Arnold Lobel: Frog and Toad Are Friends

A collection of simple stories demonstrating the power of true friendship.

(36) George MacDonald: The Golden Key; The Princess and the Goblin; The Princess and Curdie; At the Back of the North Wind; Sir Gibbie

These make good reading as pure fantasy-adventure, but on a deeper level they are powerful images of the spiritual life and the path to spiritual maturity. At the Back of the North Wind  is helpful for children trying to deal with death. MacDonald is a writer of peculiar depth and insight.

Sir Gibbie, one of the most accesible of MacDonald’s many novels written primary for adults, will also be enjoyed by children for its portrayal of a young orphan who learns about his magnifiscent and unexpected identity.

(37) Catherine Marshall: Christy

A novel based upon the true experiences of a young woman sent to teach in the Appalachian mountain in 1912. This warmhearted novel is one of several fine books by Catherine Marshall.

(38) Robert McCloskey: Make Way for Ducklings

A family of ducks face perils of city life.

(39) Henrietta C. Mears: What the Bible is All About for Young Explorers

A great resource for helping children to better understand the Bible, this fine reference work contains overviews of each book of the Bible, themes, outlines, and important background information. Parents be warned: You’ll learn a lot too!

(40) A.A. Milne: When We Were Very Young; Now We Are Six; Winnie the Pooh; The House at Pooh Center

No child should grow up without a familiarity with the marvelous ryhmes and poems contained in Milne’s When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. They are charming, disarming, and funny. The warm and humorous adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friends are among the best.

(41) Chaim Potok: The Chosen

Older readers and listeners will gain much from this powerful novel about the physical, spiritual, and intellectual coming of age of two young Jewish boys. A book full of rich insights and a valuable statement about toleration.

(42) Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are

Some parents have found this book about friendly monsters to be an antidote to fear of nightmares. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer is equally good for this problem issue.

(43) Howard Pyle: The Adventures of Robin Hood

The exciting adventures of the man who “stole from the rich to give to the poor.”

(44) Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Other Tales

Peter is an overly curious rabbit who disobeys his mother and almost get caught by Mr. McCregor. Lovely illustrations highlight these simple tales.

(45) Barbara Robinson: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The story of how the mean and unruly Herdman kids taught the rest of the church the true meaning of Christmas is a fall-down funny book with a powerful message.

(46) Doctor Suess: The Cat in the Hat; Horton Hears a Who

These are good introduction to the pleasures of language, filled with nonsense and creativity. Many, like Horton Hear a Who, teach important lessons. The message “a person’s a person, no matter how small” has special poigancy in this day of rampant abortions.

(47) Anna Sewell: Black Beauty

A good story and a passionate critique of cruelty to animals.

(48) Margery Sharp: The Rescuers

An adventure story about the brave mice of the Prisoner’s Aid Society, who help mice all over the world out of various troubles.

(49) Isaac Bashevis Singer: Children’s Stories

The gifted Yiddish storyteller tells humorous and poignant tales, including the classic story of loyalty, “Zlateh the Goat.”

(50) The Holy Bible: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

It is fitting to close this list with the Book of books. A mini-library consisting of 66 short books. If for some reason you cannot locate some of these titles, surely you can the Bible. Let you and your children know the Bible; the mind of God, the way of God, our salvation for all eternity.

Happy reading!

Personal Meditation on Books & Reading (Part 4)

Hello, fellow readers and writers! Thank you for stopping by! As many of you already know, I’m a book lover. Okay. I’m a book addict! I devour them mercilessly! Haha. I hope my Personal Meditations will spur your desire for books & reading?! God bless! – Thompson.

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Enrich the heart by private study. 
Having a companion that loves the same kind of books as you do, the same craving for reading as you do, the same serenity as you possess, is a form of unspeakable felicity found in a friend. There is not a word yet for a companionship reading. 
Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash.
Hoarding books is good, but reading them is better. Hoard no book which you do not intend to read. Books need interlinkage, not segregation — closeting. 
Books demand our attention or they will have none of it from us if we continue treating them casually. 
Photo by Gaman Alice on Unsplash.
It is good to be focused in one subject, but it is more prudent to prevent a burnout and lack of motivation thereof by engaging in wide reading. 
It is very hard to admire men who mishandle their books. I don't know, it is not right. It is criminal. 
Unknown.
I get extremely anxious and tired when I'm around people for long periods of time. Better in a company of books than a lot of people. 
Unknown.
Books are not meant for exams. It is more than that! Until we learn to read well, we will never study well. I mean, if we do not know why books exist in classrooms, our study will not benefit us even if we get the grades, good grades. 
As a rule, I'd say it is criminal to read books to pass an exam. A better way would be: study well to pass exams. Internalize the matter. This, of course, does not mean you should only study solely to pass exams. No. You see, we live in a society that has trained many a student to read only for exams. 
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash.
I hold that many people have bookshelves. We know its purpose, right? To hold our books, precious books. But isn't it amazing how we always buy books and never, in most cases, end up reading them? Like most Bibles, our books end up being dust collectors. 
Some books are not meant to be finished but recognized they exist. 
Photo by César Viteri on Unsplash.
We must be intentional when it comes to books, my friends. That's the only way we can reap their benefits. Remember, books are the best of friends. Of course, after dogs! This is the thing, anyone in possession of (and loves) books can attest that these authors are our silent friends who are ever eager to have a "chat" with us. 
Books, for the most part, if left unattended, will not attend to the man. They are that faithful. Leave them for ten years, they'll wait. You may call that ultimate loyalty. I value literature very much. 
Do not kid yourself that reading text messages or emails is the same as reading real books.
Designate 30 minutes for reading daily and nothing else. I have not said 2 hours. 30 minutes. Only. 
Unknown.
Humility and reading go together. 
Prideful reading begets prideful results. 
Reading brings you to the mercy of the author. 
Reading saves everyone's time. 
A good book is an event in itself. Invest time in reading. 
Do not fall into the trap of this generation where status is measured by "How Many" books you've read. 
Photo by Jess Bailey on Unsplash.
Love books. Love reading. Love reading. Love books. 
Books cannot make us smart, but they can certainly make us wise. 
Reading and writing are married. 
It is better and often beneficial to read a book slower than in much haste. The one who patiently takes time to read a book is in a better class of patience than him who is ever in a hurry, who never learns anything — the virtue of patience. 
Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash.
Something very magical happens when a man brings to bed a book and not a phone. Like pancakes, books save lives! 'Books are children of the brain.' 




Long time (years) ago an old buddy of mine came and saw some books placed in my bed. The bed was huge then and I always carry a book with me to bed and never leave with it in the morning [repeat the cycle]! He was very quick to remind me that when I marry those "little mistresses of yours will have to find another spot or risk being donated." Damn, Alexandria, what a friend!
Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash.
In books, I find something I cannot find in a lot of people, genuine company. People love people for all weird reasons. 
There is no friend like Christ Jesus! Christ sticketh closer than a brother; books accompany you to a world you never thought existed. I know that when my life curtain closes for the next one, beside Christ; at least I'd leave knowing I made some real friends in-between pages, genuine friends who held me by the hand and showed me their world by their words. 
Books, as I often say and write, are my little mistresses. 
Unknown.
Just realized I'm a librarian (kinda!). I've thousands of books and I'm the one responsible for them. Arranging, collecting, reading, recommending, and stocking! Where's the library? In my house! 
Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash.
Have you ever read a book and come to the end feeling like you've lost a dear friend? That's the thing about books. Once you let them in, they never let you out! 
Social media is entertaining, in moderation that is, but books are not only entertaining, but pleasing and worthy — an odyssey through past, present, and future — an expedition through time! 

“Why do you always charge people to read, Thompson?”

Well, my friends, it's simple. I do not read to be smarter than the next man, no. That's nonsense; folly! Genius is not the same as the number of books you read. I read because I love the process of reading. There's a "magic" which sparks when men begin to deliberately read. 
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My works are before me, as a writer, that is. These words and books are the children of the brain. And, is it not well that the author should behold the fruits of his labor? Quod scripsi, scripsi "What I have written; I have written." 
Entering into a library or a bookstore always feels like I'm about to cheat on my loveliest person. Good grief, thank God she adores libraries! 
It is a hard thing to be a writer without being a frequent visitor to a personal library. Plainly put, if someone says they are a writer, the next "logical" sentence would be, "I'd very much love to pay homage to your private library, sir/madame." You're wise and know how to apply. 
I hereby proclaim war to anyone who dare speak ill of books. Try me. I'll bookmark you immediately! 
Unknown.
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, "automatically" your free tour guide. 
Photo by Fabiola Peñalba on Unsplash.
A book a day is man's best friend. Reading is one of the greatest pleasures given to humankind. A voyage of books. As Confucius noted,'You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.' 
Remember the objective of reading is not to appear well-read. Read everyday. No matter what has happened the day or night before, sit down and read. 
Reading is hard, but that is not a just cause to avoid it altogether. 
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.
All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
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A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
Photo by Ergita Sela on Unsplash.
When I'm not reading I always think of what I'll read next. 
Turn off unnecessary folly and read. 
Reading is a skill, a science. Cultivate it.
Men die; books live. Or to put it plainly and precisely, the same book(s) which men neglected to open and study belowhere, will be the same book(s) opened to examine [judge] them hereafter. "And the books were opened!" 
I once walked across this street and got to see something impressive. I smiled convincingly and this blonde lady was at the other side of the room, inside. The poor lady thought my smile was for her, but I intended it for the carefully organised books at their store. Of course, I had to produce another smile; why not? 
I have unspeakable joy when I sit or enter in my study room and thereon see my vast library; all these books smiling at me, and I, at they — as friends who will in a few minutes fall in love with each other! 
Unknown.
One book at a time. 
A book a day keeps a...you know what, even I don't know. Just get a book and read! 
The end of all reading is peace. 
Secret prayer and reading go together. You cannot benefit from the latter if you neglect the former. 
There is such a thing as bookingship.  
Reading and solitude are married unless toilet breaks proclaim the divorce.
Coffee without a book to read? Are you kidding me? 
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I have a positive weakness and a strong sense of admiration for men and women who read. 
Reading, writing, and listening to good music keeps me sane. 
If I can make even one little child discover the joy of literature, I shall count that moment ever felicious for the rest of my mortal life. 
Every person has a story that can be turned into a book. 
The world is a beautiful place if you meet up with a beautiful author. 
Knowing how to read is knowing what to read and who to read with. 
Book life is no bored life. On the contrary. 
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Whoever gifts you a book loves a part of you which you know nothing about. 
Dust and books is a thing. 
The way to read is to read. 
Reading and meditation go together. We must digest every word that proceeds from a written source, not merely believing everything that is written. 
Perhaps mosquitoes cheer us when we sleep and read at night! 
If you can't reach or go there, read. 
"These are my 'world'. What social dissipation is to another man, study is to me - worldliness." 
I recommend men to the library; there are many stories there; surely there must be a story for every man. Go, therefore. 
The massage of the brain is reading of books. 
Avid reading is not reading without thinking, but thinking while reading. 
Books are full of corridors that must be toured; go further and you'll see the unseen. 
A reading friendship is the beginning of a wonderful story. 

Personal Meditation on Writers & Writing (Part 4)

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Reading and writing are conjoined twins. 
A writer can sharpen another writer. It ought to be that way, I believe; just like C.S. Lewis did with J.R.R. Tolkien. 
In this modern age of Netflix and all other -fix', a writer should strive to be circumspectly disciplined. There is no consistency where there is no discipline. 
Writers keep 'civilization from destroying itself.' 
Writing is hard. Period. We must push through this hardness. 
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Good writing is clear thinking. 
I do not need to use my mouth to vent out my frustrations. I simply write. Writing helps put my scattered thoughts into reason and perspective. When I'm sad, I write; when I'm happy, I write. 
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I'm not a strong fan of text messages. Most of them are written as a reactionery to something, often not thought through deeply. I'll keep writing real letters to real people. 
To know my "why" in writing and to help the "who" in my reading, is my objective when I write. 
Unknown.
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically your free tour guide. 
A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
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All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
If you're a writer, your work will be criticized, and be content with them being critiqued. Well, unless you opt not to share them in public. But once you hit that publish button, welcome whatever comes as a true writer. Take the good, leave the bad. 
A writer can easily become an enemy of the state. Literally. 
It is imperative for us writers to write against tyranny when we see or suspect one. 
What will people say about my writing? Write first, the rest will follow. 
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There's some wisdom in writing, but there's a great deal of folly with many writers. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Writers are always pregnant with words. We are parents to our words. 
Writers block is just a gracious time to sought out and gather thoughts. Its duration varies with different personalities. It's not the end of your career. Do not panic. 
Image: Alvaro Serrano.
The chief end of writing is tend for the glory of God, not man. 



A writer is someone who has trained their butt to sit down.
Nice to meet you, too! Yes, I'm a writer! "Wow!" Yes, it's a "WOW" experience, indeed! 
When do you write? When the world is quiet and totally dead asleep. 
Whatever stage you're in your writing endeavours, by all means, do not stop. Persistence and practise makes a writer, a writer. We do not aim at perfection, because we can't; we aim to improve daily & become good in our God-given vocation. So, dear writer, sharpen those skills and keep on keeping on writing and we'll keep on keeping on reading! 
A writer's life is an alone life but never lonely. 
Till this day I cannot forget the first time I held a pencil in my hand to write my first ever words. Well, they were the alphabet, ABC...
Everything can be turned into a story if we just spoke less and listened more, yea, observe intently! 
Musicians, songwriters, and writers, listen to music by differing degrees, but one thing makes them one, they allow the music to do its work. You're wise and know how to apply. 
If no one understands you, write. 
If pride clings to you in your writing and become proud as a writer, my dear friend, you'll be doomed and forever forgotten. 
Everything God wanted men to know, and need men to know, was put in writing! "Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it." Yes, write down! 
Without writers the world would be silent and boring. 
Books have a higher mortality rate than men. 
I must practise what I write; I must act on what I read. Without these, all is lost. I don't care if they are good, but I need God to help me minute by minute and the hours will take care of themselves. 
If you can write and think, you instantly become an enemy of an ignorant fellow and a tyrannical state. Big Brother is watching you, they tell us! 
I do not have many friends, but I do write to some worthwhile friends. 
I've never stopped writing once I discovered the alphabet. 
Image: Debby Hudson.
A pen is a sword; it cuts with directed words, for the better. 
Writing is a dangerous thing but a necessary need. 
If you can write and think, you can make a case for yourself. Yes, even the "most powerful man in the world" will listen to you, not necessarily agree with you. 
All writers have potential to improve their work. No one is exempt. There is no arrival in writing. 
Teach your children, whether at home or in the classroom, how to read, write, and think for themselves. 
Every passing day I loose faith with our learning institutions, especially universities; they have become a brainwashing machine. Students just don't want to think anymore! The 'spirit of the age,' remarked, Albert Schweitzer, 'is filled with disdain for thinking.' 
Writing is penetrating the soul without neglecting the body. 
In a sense, writers live to say things for others. You're wise and know how to apply. 
A teacher's work, I strongly believe, is teaching and training students to think! Help students arrive to a solution coherently. 
A bad writer is still a writer. You cannot take that from them; that is, being a writer. 
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Writing is clearing of the head. 
You've too risk being offensive by being precise with words, especially as a writer. 
What's the need of folks wanting to have a conversation if people are put off by being blunt and direct? 
I do not believe in flattery; any form of flattery is dishonest. 
Never waste any alphabet if you can precisely and concisely make your needs known, whether written or spoken. 
A writer must know the difference between intentional words and a massaged alphabet. 
Thank God for period (.) marks. They save the day. 

Hello, everyone and fellow writers! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my Personal Meditation on Writers and Writing? Have a wonderful day! – Thompson.

Personal Meditation on Books & Reading (Part 2)

Hello, fellow readers and writers! Thank you for stopping by! As many of you already know, I’m a book lover. Okay. I’m a book addict! I devour them mercilessly! Haha! I hope my Personal Meditations will spur your desire for books & reading?! God bless! – Thompson.

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Enrich the heart by private study. 
Having a companion that loves the same kind of books as you do, the same craving for reading as you do, the same serenity as you possess, is a form of unspeakable felicity found in a friend. There is not a word yet for a companionship reading. 
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Hoarding books is good, but reading them is better. Hoard no book which you do not intend to read. Books need interlinkage, not segregation — closeting. 
Books demand our attention or they will have none of it from us if we continue treating them casually. 
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It is good to be focused in one subject, but it is more prudent to prevent a burnout and lack of motivation thereof by engaging in wide reading. 
It is very hard to admire men who mishandle their books. I don't know, it is not right. It is criminal. 
Unknown.
I get extremely anxious and tired when I'm around people for long periods of time. Better in a company of books than a lot of people. 
Unknown.
Books are not meant for exams. It is more than that! Until we learn to read well, we will never study well. I mean, if we do not know why books exist in classrooms, our study will not benefit us even if we get the grades, good grades. 
As a rule, I'd say it is criminal to read books to pass an exam. A better way would be: study well to pass exams. Internalize the matter. This, of course, does not mean you should only study solely to pass exams. No. You see, we live in a society that has trained many a student to read only for exams. 
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I hold that many people have bookshelves. We know its purpose, right? To hold our books, precious books. But isn't it amazing how we always buy books and never, in most cases, end up reading them? Like most Bibles, our books end up being dust collectors. 
Some books are not meant to be finished but recognized they exist. 
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We must be intentional when it comes to books, my friends. That's the only way we can reap their benefits. Remember, books are the best of friends. Of course, after dogs! This is the thing, anyone in possession of (and loves) books can attest that these authors are our silent friends who are ever eager to have a "chat" with us. 
Books, for the most part, if left unattended, will not attend to the man. They are that faithful. Leave them for ten years, they'll wait. You may call that ultimate loyalty. I value literature very much. 
Do not kid yourself that reading text messages or emails is the same as reading real books.
Designate 30 minutes for reading daily and nothing else. I have not said 2 hours. 30 minutes. Only. 
Unknown.
Humility and reading go together. 
Prideful reading begets prideful results. 
Reading brings you to the mercy of the author. 
Reading saves everyone's time. 
A good book is an event in itself. Invest time in reading. 
Do not fall into the trap of this generation where status is measured by "How Many" books you've read. 
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Love books. Love reading. Love reading. Love books. 
Books cannot make us smart, but they can certainly make us wise. 
Reading and writing are married. 
It is better and often beneficial to read a book slower than in much haste. The one who patiently takes time to read a book is in a better class of patience than him who is ever in a hurry, who never learns anything — the virtue of patience. 
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Something very magical happens when a man brings to bed a book and not a phone. Like pancakes, books save lives! 'Books are children of the brain.' 




Long time (years) ago an old buddy of mine came and saw some books placed in my bed. The bed was huge then and I always carry a book with me to bed and never leave with it in the morning [repeat the cycle]! He was very quick to remind me that when I marry those "little mistresses of yours will have to find another spot or risk being donated." Damn, Alexandria, what a friend!
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In books, I find something I cannot find in a lot of people, genuine company. People love people for all weird reasons. 
There is no friend like Christ Jesus! Christ sticketh closer than a brother; books accompany you to a world you never thought existed. I know that when my life curtain closes for the next one, beside Christ; at least I'd leave knowing I made some real friends in-between pages, genuine friends who held me by the hand and showed me their world by their words. 
Books, as I often say and write, are my little mistresses. 
Unknown.
Just realized I'm a librarian (kinda!). I've thousands of books and I'm the one responsible for them. Arranging, collecting, reading, recommending, and stocking! Where's the library? In my house! 
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Have you ever read a book and come to the end feeling like you've lost a dear friend? That's the thing about books. Once you let them in, they never let you out! 
Social media is entertaining, in moderation that is, but books are not only entertaining, but pleasing and worthy — an odyssey through past, present, and future — an expedition through time! 

“Why do you always charge people to read, Thompson?”

Well, my friends, it's simple. I do not read to be smarter than the next man, no. That's nonsense; folly! Genius is not the same as the number of books you read. I read because I love the process of reading. There's a "magic" which sparks when men begin to deliberately read. 
Photo by Ugur Akdemir on Unsplash.
My works are before me, as a writer, that is. These words and books are the children of the brain. And, is it not well that the author should behold the fruits of his labor? Quod scripsi, scripsi "What I have written; I have written." 
Entering into a library or a bookstore always feels like I'm about to cheat on my loveliest person. Good grief, thank God she adores libraries! 
It is a hard thing to be a writer without being a frequent visitor to a personal library. Plainly put, if someone says they are a writer, the next "logical" sentence would be, "I'd very much love to pay homage to your private library, sir/madame." You're wise and know how to apply. 
I hereby proclaim war to anyone who dare speak ill of books. Try me. I'll bookmark you immediately! 
Unknown.
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, "automatically" your free tour guide. 
Photo by Fabiola Peñalba on Unsplash.
A book a day is man's best friend. Reading is one of the greatest pleasures given to humankind. A voyage of books. As Confucius noted,'You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.' 
Remember the objective of reading is not to appear well-read. Read everyday. No matter what has happened the day or night before, sit down and read. 
Reading is hard, but that is not a just cause to avoid it altogether. 
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.
All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
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A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
Photo by Ergita Sela on Unsplash.
When I'm not reading I always think of what I'll read next. 
Turn off unnecessary folly and read. 
Reading is a skill, a science. Cultivate it.
Men die; books live. Or to put it plainly and precisely, the same book(s) which men neglected to open and study belowhere, will be the same book(s) opened to examine [judge] them hereafter. "And the books were opened!" 
I once walked across this street and got to see something impressive. I smiled convincingly and this blonde lady was at the other side of the room, inside. The poor lady thought my smile was for her, but I intended it for the carefully organised books at their store. Of course, I had to produce another smile; why not? 
I have unspeakable joy when I sit or enter in my study room and thereon see my vast library; all these books smiling at me, and I, at they — as friends who will in a few minutes fall in love with each other! 
Unknown.
One book at a time. 
A book a day keeps a...you know what, even I don't know. Just get a book and read! 
The end of all reading is peace. 
Secret prayer and reading go together. You cannot benefit from the latter if you neglect the former. 
There is such a thing as bookingship.  
Reading and solitude are married unless toilet breaks proclaim the divorce.
Coffee without a book to read? Are you kidding me? 
Image: Seven Shooter.
I have a positive weakness and a strong sense of admiration for men and women who read. 
Reading, writing, and listening to good music, keeps me sane. 
If I can make even one little child discover the joy of literature, I shall count that moment ever felicious for the rest of my mortal life. 
Every person has a story that can be turned into a book. 
The world is a beautiful place if you meet up with a beautiful author. 
Knowing how to read is knowing what to read and who to read with. 
Book life is no bored life. On the contrary. 

Personal Meditation on Writers & Writing (Part 3)

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Reading and writing are conjoined twins. 
A writer can sharpen another writer. It ought to be that way, I believe; just like C.S. Lewis did with J.R.R. Tolkien. 
In this modern age of Netflix and all other -fix', a writer should strive to be circumspectly disciplined. There is no consistency where there is no discipline. 
Writers keep 'civilization from destroying itself.' 
Writing is hard. Period. We must push through this hardness. 
Photo by Mike Tinnion on Unsplash.
Good writing is clear thinking. 
I do not need to use my mouth to vent out my frustrations. I simply write. Writing helps put my scattered thoughts into reason and perspective. When I'm sad, I write; when I'm happy, I write. 
Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash.
I'm not a strong fan of text messages. Most of them are written as a reactionery to something, often not thought through deeply. I'll keep writing real letters to real people. 
To know my "why" in writing and to help the "who" in my reading, is my objective when I write. 
Unknown.
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically your free tour guide. 
A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
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All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
If you're a writer, your work will be criticized, and be content with them being critiqued. Well, unless you opt not to share them in public. But once you hit that publish button, welcome whatever comes as a true writer. Take the good, leave the bad. 
A writer can easily become an enemy of the state. Literally. 
It is imperative for us writers to write against tyranny when we see or suspect one. 
What will people say about my writing? Write first, the rest will follow. 
Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash.
There's some wisdom in writing, but there's a great deal of folly with many writers. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Writers are always pregnant with words. We are parents to our words. 
Writers block is just a gracious time to sought out and gather thoughts. Its duration varies with different personalities. It's not the end of your career. Do not panic. 
Image: Alvaro Serrano.
The chief end of writing is tend for the glory of God, not man. 



A writer is someone who has trained their butt to sit down.
Nice to meet you, too! Yes, I'm a writer! "Wow!" Yes, it's a "WOW" experience, indeed! 
When do you write? When the world is quiet and totally dead asleep. 
Whatever stage you're in your writing endeavours, by all means, do not stop. Persistence and practise makes a writer, a writer. We do not aim at perfection, because we can't; we aim to improve daily & become good in our God-given vocation. So, dear writer, sharpen those skills and keep on keeping on writing and we'll keep on keeping on reading! 
A writer's life is an alone life but never lonely. 
Till this day I cannot forget the first time I held a pencil in my hand to write my first ever words. Well, they were the alphabet, ABC...
Everything can be turned into a story if we just spoke less and listened more, yea, observe intently! 
Musicians, songwriters, and writers, listen to music by differing degrees, but one thing makes them one, they allow the music to do its work. You're wise and know how to apply. 
If no one understands you, write. 
If pride clings to you in your writing and become proud as a writer, my dear friend, you'll be doomed and forever forgotten. 
Everything God wanted men to know, and need men to know, was put in writing! "Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it." Yes, write down! 
Without writers the world would be silent and boring. 
Books have a higher mortality rate than men. 
I must practise what I write; I must act on what I read. Without these, all is lost. I don't care if they are good, but I need God to help me minute by minute and the hours will take care of themselves. 
If you can write and think, you instantly become an enemy of an ignorant fellow and a tyrannical state. Big Brother is watching you, they tell us! 
I do not have many friends, but I do write to some worthwhile friends. 
I've never stopped writing once I discovered the alphabet. 
Image: Debby Hudson.
A pen is a sword; it cuts with directed words, for the better. 
Writing is a dangerous thing but a necessary need. 
If you can write and think, you can make a case for yourself. Yes, even the "most powerful man in the world" will listen to you, not necessarily agree with you. 
All writers have potential to improve their work. No one is exempt. There is no arrival in writing. 
Teach your children, whether at home or in the classroom, how to read, write, and think for themselves. 
Every passing day I loose faith with our learning institutions, especially universities; they have become a brainwashing machine. Students just don't want to think anymore! The 'spirit of the age,' remarked, Albert Schweitzer, 'is filled with disdain for thinking.' 
Writing is penetrating the soul without neglecting the body. 
In a sense, writers live to say things for others. You're wise and know how to apply. 
A teacher's work, I strongly believe, is teaching and training students to think! Help students arrive to a solution coherently. 
A bad writer is still a writer. You cannot take that from them; that is, being a writer. 

Hello, everyone and fellow writers! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my personal meditation on writers and writing? Have a wonderful day! – Thompson.

Personal Meditation on Friendship (Part 7)

Here is more of my Personal Meditation on Friendship (Part 7). Note: I’ve added a few others that were not included in Part 6. Also, are you enjoying these “Personal Meditations” I’ve been sharing lately? Let me know in the comments section below, if able, please. Thank you for reading! – Thompson.

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The chief end of friendship is pointing each other to Christ. To walk with Christ, to obey Christ, and exhort each other to believe in Christ. 
Nothing is more stimulating than friends who remind you of your identity in Christ.
They love you best who pray for you when you do not ask. A true friend wants your soul healthy before bodily comfort. 
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Deny me all things, but give me a friend that knows and follows Christ wholeheartedly. He will be my example.
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Love can be communicated in many ways, especially with a genuine presence of a friend.
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Next to siblingship, friendship is the altar of all other relationships.
An aquaintance is someone who thinks they know you. A friend knows you. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one! 
Unknown.
Do not make a scene when friends deal unjustly with you. Remember Jesus? For 30 pieces of silver Judas divorced himself from true and eternal friendship with God! 
True friendship, like gold lying deep under the earth, is very rare in this modern age of status quo. 
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Be careful who you share your stuff with. In short, know your friends! 
Privacy of another in friendship relationships should be greatly encouraged. 
"Summering" and "wintering" friends are good, but "wintering" friends is the climax of friendships, lasting friendship. You know your friends best during winter. 
Who is a friend? A walking and living sunshine; two souls united as one! 
Be a friend you want others to be. 
We may not see eye to eye on things secondary, but we can walk arm by arm. That's friendship. 
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A friend doesn't have to announce they are coming over for dinner. They show up! 
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When was the last time you called or write your friend and told them you love them and appreciate them? 
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Friends are accurate when they read your eulogy. Relatives exaggerate! 
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What makes road trips worthwhile is not the destination, but the active journey, i.e., in company of good friends and loved ones. There is freedom of laughter, tears, and thankfulness. 
The altar and sanctuary of love is friendship. 
Pancakes, friends, and good books is an ideal life. 
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It is not a bad thing to have a silly friend. We all need some silliness, good silly. 
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As an introvert, it is good to have friends who talk a lot. I mean, they do most of my talking in social settings! I win, they lose! 
Love people for people, not things or status! 
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We know an individual by hearing their friends. 
Friendship is a safe space to be you, not a subterfuge. 
I do not have many friends, I have worthwhile friends. 
Friendship starts when everyone does not wear a mask. This is a place to mask off and drop our guard down. 
It is safe to cry before friends and when it's raining. 
Buddy, why are you calling me at 3 in the morning? "Simple. Because I'm your friend. Now, listen up..."  
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True friendship speaks, but when to speak? 
As friends we'll weather any storm; no storm will weather us as friends. 
Without friendship life would be a mistake. 
Do you know your friend? I have not asked about an acquaintance. 
A hug from a dear friend is a love language of assurance: I'M HERE! 
Be a praying friend and your friend will be a praying friend and you two friends will be in a prayerful friendship. 
Jesus Christ was an ordinary man, humanly speaking; God, yes, but an ordinary man who had friends from all class of men. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Life can be brutal. Do not die alone. Call & talk to a willing friend. What are friends for? 
Just like Anne Frank, you can make a personal diary your most intimate friend. Pour words that cannot be uttered in a written form. I know. 
Abraham was God's friend. What a testimony! Are we God's friend? Thompson, are you God's friend? Am I? 
I do not need a friend who flatters me from Sunday to Sunday; I have a wicked heart already which does that better and excellently. 
Believe it. Your friend(s) prolly know you best than most of your relatives! 
It is never too late to be a friend. I believe in intentional friendships. 
Hollywood and Netflix are busy making a lot of sex scenes in movies, but not friendship scenes. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Dogs and cats may question our love for them, but we must never question their genuine love for us. 
I have a friend, not I had a friend. 
A judicious fellow, one who does not know how to flatter, is a great fellow indeed. 
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Whenever you're a visiting a friend, boyfriends or girlfriends, do not carry extra clothes. I mean, you're going for SHOPPING in your friends wardrobe! 
There are three types of friends: (1) Those that ask you why your refrigerator lacks their favorite drink; (2) Those who who forget to say hello and get straight to chatter; and (3) Those who mess up with your toilet seat. Which one are you? 
Friendship is too sweet to be taken for granted. 
I miss you: this is the language of friendship and love, not love then friendship. 
A friend is a mirror. Now, if your mirror is dirty, invariably your reflection will be dirty. Choose your mirror well; but make every effort first to be a better mirror yourself. 
Great generals and leaders whom we admire from history have one thing in common — they had real friends who stuck by them, in good and the homely.
The journey of friendship is one step at a time, together. 
If one of my friends occupies an important and influential office in the country, it is up to me to differentiate the man in office and the man himself, but I must not fear the man in office because I know the man away from office; the office will be occupied by another, not the man. 
Death is a great friend to a child of God. 
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I do not need a friendship that is devoid of laughter. I want to laugh; like, really LAUGH! 
Seeing a buddy after a long time is some form of, though far in comparison, a taste of reuniting with our loved ones who died in Christ Jesus. 
I'm looking forward to the day, by God's grace, when I will be able to finally say to the coming pilgrims, "Welcome! You made it; we made it!" 
The atmosphere of heaven is never-ending friendships and never-ending love. It is, succinctly, a world of friendship. 
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A reading friendship is the beginning of a wonderful story. 
I do not ask for a lot, just reading buddies! 
Books, pancakes, music, and genuine friendships, is an ideal life. 
I believe in a friend. 
Making dinner is a playground for friendships. 
They are just friends; no, they are friends! 
Playfulness is not for children only. 
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Friends that cry together can dry each other's tears forever. You're wise and know how to apply. 
The pulpit of love is friendship, not love then friendship. 
To my lawfully wedded wife and to my eternal friend. 
Smile often, you might turn a stranger into a friend. 
If you don't have a friend, start by befriending yourself. 
Where there is no humour there lacketh true friendship. Jocular friends are to be kept; and if absent, they are to be sought! 
If my friend is happy, I'm genuinely happy; my friend is sad(?), I need to do something. 
Good fruitfulness is the partnership of a fruitful friendship. 
My friend cannot be slandered when I'm present. Even if what they say is somehow true, I must at all cost defend my friend, not betray them. 
Let me die knowing I was a friend to even one, not many. You're wise and know how to apply. 
To be alone with a friend, not lonely, is a splendid thing indeed. 
Where there is no forgiveness there is no friendship whatsoever. Forgiveness is the continual act of loving our friends as if they never wronged us. 
Is it just me who gets excited to see an old friend?  Like, I mean, literally! 
God, I need my friends to count on me, not count me! 
If I'm not a godly friend to men, people will be cruel to my wife and children. I do not want that. Friendship is not of two, but of whole, now and forevermore. 
Even animals enjoy friendship with each other. Observe nature. Friendship is the silent voice of togetherness. 
My praying lips must never be far from the names and concerns of my friends. 
Give us this day new friends that we may know how to love, support, rebuke, and exhort each other all the days of our short and earthly pilgrimage belowhere. Amen. 
It's the little things that matter which make up to be big things. 

Personal Meditation on Writers & Writing (Part 2)

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Reading and writing are conjoined twins. 
A writer can sharpen another writer. It ought to be that way, I believe; just like C.S. Lewis did with J.R.R. Tolkien. 
In this modern age of Netflix and all other -fix', a writer should strive to be circumspectly disciplined. There is no consistency where there is no discipline. 
Writers keep 'civilization from destroying itself.' 
Writing is hard. Period. We must push through this hardness. 
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Good writing is clear thinking. 
I do not need to use my mouth to vent out my frustrations. I simply write. Writing helps put my scattered thoughts into reason and perspective. When I'm sad, I write; when I'm happy, I write. 
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I'm not a strong fan of text messages. Most of them are written as a reactionery to something, often not thought through deeply. I'll keep writing real letters to real people. 
To know my "why" in writing and to help the "who" in my reading, is my objective when I write. 
Unknown.
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically your free tour guide. 
A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
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All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
If you're a writer, your work will be criticized, and be content with them being critiqued. Well, unless you opt not to share them in public. But once you hit that publish button, welcome whatever comes as a true writer. Take the good, leave the bad. 
A writer can easily become an enemy of the state. Literally. 
It is imperative for us writers to write against tyranny when we see or suspect one. 
What will people say about my writing? Write first, the rest will follow. 
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There's some wisdom in writing, but there's a great deal of folly with many writers. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Writers are always pregnant with words. We are parents to our words. 
Writers block is just a gracious time to sought out and gather thoughts. Its duration varies with different personalities. It's not the end of your career. Do not panic. 
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The chief end of writing is tend for the glory of God, not man. 



A writer is someone who has trained their butt to sit down.
Nice to meet you, too! Yes, I'm a writer! "Wow!" Yes, it's a "WOW" experience, indeed! 
When do you write? When the world is quiet and totally dead asleep. 
Whatever stage you're in your writing endeavours, by all means, do not stop. Persistence and practise makes a writer, a writer. We do not aim at perfection, because we can't; we aim to improve daily & become good in our God-given vocation. So, dear writer, sharpen those skills and keep on keeping on writing and we'll keep on keeping on reading! 
A writer's life is an alone life but never lonely. 
Till this day I cannot forget the first time I held a pencil in my hand to write my first ever words. Well, they were the alphabet, ABC...
Everything can be turned into a story if we just spoke less and listened more, yea, observe intently! 
Musicians, songwriters, and writers, listen to music by differing degrees, but one thing makes them one, they allow the music to do its work. You're wise and know how to apply. 
If no one understands you, write. 
If pride clings to you in your writing and become proud as a writer, my dear friend, you'll be doomed and forever forgotten. 
Everything God wanted men to know, and need men to know, was put in writing! "Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it." Yes, write down! 
Without writers the world would be silent and boring. 
Books have a higher mortality rate than men. 
I must practise what I write; I must act on what I read. Without these, all is lost. I don't care if they are good, but I need God to help me minute by minute and the hours will take care of themselves. 
If you can write and think, you instantly become an enemy of an ignorant fellow and a tyrannical state. Big Brother is watching you, they tell us! 
I do not have many friends, but I do write to some worthwhile friends. 
I've never stopped writing once I discovered the alphabet. 

Hello, everyone and fellow writers! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my personal meditation on writers and writing? Have a wonderful day! – Thompson.