What a wonderful thing is the mail

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.  ~Author Unknownquoted by Ranjan Bakshi

Letters are above all useful as a

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… ~Elizabeth Hardwick

Or dont you like to write letters

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

Mr witwould 34pray madam do you pin

Mr Witwould:  "Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters?  I find I must keep copies."
Mrs Millamant:  "Only with those in verse…. I never pin up my hair with prose."
~William Congreve, The Way of the World

In a mans letters you know madam

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

Your letteryour dear warm true hearted letter

[Y]our letter?your dear, warm, true-hearted letter ? was put in my hand. I kissed it how many times before breaking its envelope! ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate StephensTPVgb, Smith b.1849-d.1877, Stephens b.1853-d.1938; Smith was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Kansas from 1872-1875

I consider it a good rule for

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

My eyes moistened yesterday with your dear

[M]y eyes moistened yesterday with your dear, dear letter in my hand. Was it foolish to kiss the senseless paper, to clasp it with the involuntary laugh of uncontrollable emotion? Don’t you think one could go mad of pure longing?… ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate StephensTPVgb, Smith b.1849-d.1877, Stephens b.1853-d.1938; Smith was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Kansas from 1872-1875

I am tired beloved of chafing my

I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, "The Letter"

In an age like ours which is

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 BroyardCUL

A friendship can weather most things and

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.  ~Pam Brown

We lay aside letters never to read

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

A letter is an unannounced visit the

A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises.  One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche