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Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

A letter does not blush.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.

Author: John Donne (1572-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

More than kisses letters mingle souls.

Author: John Donne (1572-1632)

Profession: British Metaphysical Poet

How frail and ephemeral is the material substance of letters, which makes their very survival so hazardous. Print has a permanence of its own, though it may not be much worth preserving, but a letter! Conveyed by uncertain transportation, over which the sender has no control; committed to a single individual who may be careless or inappreciative; left to the mercy of future generations, of families maybe anxious to suppress the past, of the accidents of removals and house-cleanings, or of mere ignorance. How often it has been by the veriest chance that they have survived at all.

Author: Elizabeth Drew (1887-1965)

Profession: Anglo-American Author, Critic

A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.

Author: Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)

Profession: British Author

Life is too precious to be spent in this weaving and unweaving of false impressions, and it is better to live quietly under some degree of misrepresentation than to attempt to remove it by the uncertain process of letter-writing.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Letters are above all useful as a means of expressing the ideal self; and no other method of communication is quite so good for this purpose. In letters we can reform without practice, beg without humiliation, snip and shape embarrassing experiences to the measure of our own desires...

Author: Elizabeth Hardwick (1916)

Profession: American Novelist

Or don't you like to write letters. I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

In a man's letters you know, Madam, his soul lies naked, his letters are only the mirror of his breast, whatever passes within him is shown undisguised in its natural process. Nothing is inverted, nothing distorted, you see systems in their elements, you discover actions in their motives.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

A short letter to a distant friend is, in my opinion, an insult like that of a slight bow or cursory salutation -- a proof of unwillingness to do much, even where there is a necessity of doing something.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

Never write a letter if you can help it, and never destroy one!

Author: Sir John A. Macdonald (1815-1891)

Profession: Canadian First Prime Minister