Drowning in Life

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Langston Hughes

“I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.”

― Langston Hughes

Ted Hughes

“Nobody wanted your dance,
Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering
Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,
Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,
Looking for something to give.”
― Ted HughesBirthday Letters

Drowning In Life

Surprises

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Louisa May Alcott

“Oh, that is the surprise. It’s so lovely, I pity you because you don’t know it…”

― Louisa May AlcottLittle Men

 
 
 
 
“I’m just not built for fairytale surprises.”

― Karen TayleurLove Notes From Vinegar House

 

Surprises

 
 
 
 
 
Stuart Woods

“What’s the matter, don’t you like surprises?”

“I like them if they’re pleasant ones, and when they happen suddenly,” Holly said. “But not when I have to ponder them for an hour and forty-five minutes.”

― Stuart WoodsReckless Abandon

 
 
 
 
Bill Watterson

“Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.”
― Bill Watterson

 
 
 
 
 
Rex Stout

“[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.”
― Rex StoutFer-de-Lance
 
 
 
 
 
C. JoyBell C.

“One of the most beneficial and valuable gifts we can give to ourselves in this life: is allowing ourselves to be surprised! It is okay if life surprises you. Its a good thing!”

― C. JoyBell C.

Escape

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William S. Burroughs

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”
― William S. Burroughs

D.H. Lawrence

“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.”

― D.H. LawrenceStudies in Classic American Literature

Arthur Conan Doyle

“I must apologize for calling so late,” said he, “and I must further beg you to be so unconventional as to allow me to leave your house presently by scrambling over your back garden wall.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

L.M. Montgomery

“There is no such thing as freedom on earth,” he said. “Only different kinds of bondages. And comparative bondages. YOU think you are free now because you’ve escaped from a peculiarly unbreakable kind of bondage. But are you? You love me – THAT’S a bondage.”

― L.M. MontgomeryThe Blue Castle

Escape

Historic Fiction (Hi Fi)

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Oscar Wilde

“Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.”

― Oscar Wilde

David A. Lottes

“I decided to write the book I wanted to read”
― David A. LottesOuabache
Alexandre Dumas

“True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.”

― Alexandre Dumas

 

Lauren Willig

“Whether I like it or not, most of my images of what various historical periods feel, smell, or sound like were acquired well before I set foot in any history class. They came from Margaret Mitchell, from Anya Seton, from M.M. Kaye, and a host of other authors, in their crackly plastic library bindings. Whether historians acknowledge it or not, scholarly history’s illegitimate cousin, the historical novel, plays a profound role in shaping widely held conceptions of historical realities.”
― Lauren Willig

Historic Fiction

Hi Fi

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

 

BOOKSHELF

Words

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John Greenleaf Whittier

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”
― John Greenleaf WhittierMaud Muller – Pamphlet

Rudyard Kipling

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

― Rudyard Kipling

Aldous Huxley

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

Steve Martin

“Some people have a way with words, and other people…oh, uh, not have way.”
― Steve Martin
Mother Teresa

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

― Mother Teresa

Arundhati Roy

“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

― Arundhati RoyThe God of Small Things

Patrick Rothfuss

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

― Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind

Words

Reading & Writing

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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

Reading & Writing