Carrying Your Mind With You


A man can carry his mind with him as he carries his watch; but like the watch, to keep it going he must keep it wound up.

——Lew Wallace, Autobiography.

Dangerous Genius


In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

——Robert G. Ingersoll, Testimonial to Walt Whitman

Epes Winthrop Sargent on Writing Comedy

Make every action tell both the story and the comedy and you have a comedy. Until you can do that don’t write comedy.

——“The Scenario Writer” column in Moving Picture World, 1912.

Charlie Chaplin’s Highest Ambition


“What is your dearest wish, your highest ambition, the thing you want to do most? Chance for a big story,” wired a press agent to Charlie Chaplin.

He received the following answer: “I have always wanted to know what would happen if I threw a plate of eggs into an electric fan.”

——Advertisement for Chaplin’s Mutual comedies in a 1916 trade magazine.

  • 25 Apr 2015 Art

The Amateur’s Credo


From Amateur Movie Makers, 1928.

  • 13 Apr 2015 Art