Letter-writing was once a normal part of life. Today, with dozens of communication technologies to choose from many people have moved away from letter writing. But that may be changing as millennials who did not grow up with letters and “snail mail” are introduced to the joy of the hand-written letter.
Here are a few of our favorite quotations on letter-writing. Do you have a favorite?
I love the rebelliousness of snail mail, and I love anything that can arrive with a postage stamp. There's something about that person's breath and hands on the letter.
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
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters... I could be their leader. ~Charlie Brown
To acknowledge the receipt of letters is always proper, to remove doubts of their miscarriage. ~George Washington
To write is human, to receive a letter: Devine!
A letter is the most basic—yet the most flexible—mode of correspondence, regardless of its subject matter.
Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them.
Letters are something from you. It's a different kind of intention than writing an e-mail.
The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.
My most cherished possessions are my grandma's letters and my vintage Martha Washington cookbook.
I keep all of my letters, postcards, and thank you notes. I'll keep them forever!
I'm pretty sure people are going to start writing letters again once the email fad passes.
I think I became a writer because I used to write letters to my friends, and I used to love writing them. I loved the idea that you can put marks on a page and send it off, and two days later, someone laughs somewhere else in the world.
I grew up writing thank-you notes. Real, honest-to-goodness, pen-and-ink, stamped and posted letters. More than simple habit, it's about what the commitment to expressing your thoughts and feelings in writing says about the character of the writer. About the joy, such notes bring to the reader.
More than kisses letters mingle souls.
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.
To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux