Quotes

“Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.” – Steve Carell

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You send out letters, you get back letters, that’s for sure!” – Lazlo Toth

“To write is human, to receive a letter: Devine!” – Susan Lendroth

“A letter is a blessing, a great and all-too-rare privilege that can turn a private moment into an exalted experience.” – Alexandra Stoddard

“The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains.” – Unknown

“In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people’s lives.” – Anatole Broyard

“Take pains … to write a neat round, plain hand, and you will find it a great convenience through life to write a small and compact hand as well as a fair and legible one” – Thomas Jefferson

“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.” – Samuel Johnson

“When he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter.” – Francis Bacon

“In the midst of great joy do not promise to give a man anything; in the midst of great anger do not answer a man’s letter.” – Chinese proverb

“You don’t know a woman until you have a letter from her.” – Ada Leverson

“To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.” – Lord Byron

“One good thing about not seeing you is that I can write you letters.” – Svetlana Alliluveya

“Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.” – E. M. Forster

“I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.” – Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

“Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak.” – John Donne

“We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverable for ourselves and for others.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.” –  Samuel Butler

“It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.” – Henry Miller

“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal

“Letter writing is an excellent way of slowing down this lunatic helterskelter universe long enough to gather one’s thoughts.” – Nick Bantock

“Poets don’t draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.” – Jean Cocteau

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Letters are something from you. It’s a different kind of intention than writing an e-mail.” — Keanu Reeves

“Making the extra effort to say thanks in a genuine, personal manner goes a long way. It is pleasurable to do, and it encourages more of the same good behavior.” — Richard Branson

“I consider it a good rule for letter-writing to leave unmentioned what the recipient already knows, and instead tell him something new.” — Sigmund Freud

“Now everybody who knows anything at all knows perfectly well that even a business letter does not deserve the paper on which it is written unless it contains at least one significant phrase that is worth waking up in the night to remember and think about.” — Eleanor Hallowell Abbot

“Grammar is the grave of letters.” — Elbert Hubbard

“While it may seem old school to have a live telephone conversation, meet in person, or send a handwritten note, sometimes they are the best forms of communication and the only way people (your clients, reporters, etc.) may ever get to really know and ultimately trust you” — Jessica Kleiman and Meryl Weinsaft Cooper

A handwritten note is worth more than a $100 gift card but probably not more than a $200 gift card.” – Ross McCammon

“Tell someone what a huge difference he or she made in your life. Reading your note will make a huge difference in that person’s life—and in your relationship.” – Jeff Haden

“It’s one thing to say, ‘I appreciate what you did today. Thanks a lot.’ That’s a soap-bubble comment. Pretty while it lasts, but gone in seconds. It’s general and vague. When you thank them for something specific, that’s Velcro. That’s a thanks they remember because it sticks. You hook your gratitude to something the employee did. For instance, an employee just handled a difficult phone call with a customer really well. Thank them for that specific activity.” – Joey Faucette

“A handwritten note may not be the best way to arrange a meeting or confirm that a parcel arrived, but it can be surprising more efficient than phone tag for a lot of messages.”Margaret Shepherd

“It shows more expression and feelings, rather than typing it on a computer. And it explains a lot more if you actually write it, because you can actually tell what they are trying to say.” – Caden Pope, the 12-year-old from Oklahoma who wrote handwritten letters to all 32 NFL teams asking why he should be a fan of their team

“A person won’t remember if you send a thank you note, and they won’t forget if you don’t.”Mary Watt New

“A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without the corporeal friend.” – Emily Dickinson

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