Gwen’s Bookshelf

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Jane Austen

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen

Groucho Marx

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho MarxThe Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx
Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain



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Arthur Conan Doyle

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleThe Boscombe Valley Mystery

Sun Tzu

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
― Sun TzuThe Art of War
Jane Austen

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”

― Jane AustenEmma

Walter Scott

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”
― Walter ScottMarmion

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Jane Austen

“It’s only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”

― Jane AustenNorthanger Abbey

Lorrie Moore

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”

― Lorrie Moore

P.G. Wodehouse
“It has been well said that an author who expects results from a first novel is in a position similar to that of a man who drops a rose petal down the Grand Canyon of Arizona and listens for the echo.”
― P.G. WodehouseCocktail Time
Louis L'Amour

“Historical novels are, without question, the best way of teaching history, for they offer the human stories behind the events and leave the reader with a desire to know more.”
― Louis L’AmourEducation of a Wandering Man

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