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Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
Political systems are run by self-selecting politicians. We don't draft people; it's not jury duty.
P. J. O'Rourke
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
H. G. Wells
All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!
T. E. Lawrence
Affirmative action is a little like the professional football draft. The NFL awards its No. 1 draft choices to the lowest-ranked team in the league. It doesn't do this out of compassion or guilt. It's done for mutual survival. They understand that a league can only be as strong as its weakest team.
J. C. Watts
The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
Jean de la Bruyere
I don't write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.
I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share.
R. Lee Ermey
I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one.
I'm against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective.
Maybe the answer to Selective Service is to start everyone off in the army and draft them for civilian life as needed.
My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar.
We may need to change the way we think. As in Israel, I think there should be a mandatory draft, where you go away for the service of your country for three years.
Let me back up a little and tell you why I prefer writing to real life: You can rewrite. A novel, for example, can be cleaned up, altered, trimmed, improved. Life, on the other hand, is one big messy rough draft.
My mom was sarcastic about men. She would tell me Adam was the rough draft and Eve was the final product. She was a feminist minister, an earth mom who wore a bra only on Sundays.
When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes.
The Iraq war was fought by one-half of one percent of us. And unless we were part of that small group or had a relative who was, we went about our lives as usual most of the time: no draft, no new taxes, no changes. Not so for the small group who fought the war and their families.
Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It's one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period.
The research is the easiest. The outline is the most fun. The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying.
Not until the final draft do I force myself to remember that I'm going to have to think about how it will affect other people.
I believe an invitation from the Commission on Presidential Debates is similar to a draft notice - a civic responsibility.
I draft quickly and then revise, a lot.
I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college.
I'm constantly revising. Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again.
A peacetime draft is the most un-American thing I know.
I have no preferred team, but everyone wants to go No. 1 in the draft. Even the guy who gets picked last in the draft wants to go No. 1. But I just know that whoever picks me, I'm going to be excited to play for that team, and I can't wait to see myself in 'Madden' on that team.
Robert Griffin III
I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them - without a thought about publication - and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look from the outside.
It's not just the NFL. Every other league has a draft. It has been fundamental to the success of professional sports.
I want to warn anyone who sees the Peace Corps as an alternative to the draft that life may well be easier at Fort Dix or at apost in Germany than it will be with us.
No one uses a ribbon typewriter any more, but your final draft is not the time to try to wring a few more sheets out of your inkjet cartridge.
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