Archive for the ‘Quote of the Night’ Category

Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

“Words are coin. Words alienate. Language is no medium for desire. Desire is rapture, not exchange.”

- J.M. Coetzee

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Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, January 13th, 2014

“Poetry is life distilled.”

- Gwendolyn Brooks

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Friday Quote of the Night

Friday, January 10th, 2014

“Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand—a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods—or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.”

? Willa Cather

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Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

“Books aren’t made in the way that babies are: they are made like pyramids, There’s some long-pondered plan, and then great blocks of stone are placed one on top of the other, and it’s back-breaking, sweaty, time consuming work. And all to no purpose! It just stands like that in the desert! But it towers over it prodigiously. Jackals piss at the base of it, and bourgeois clamber to the top of it, etc. Continue this comparison.”

– Gustave Flaubert

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Tuesday Quote of the Night

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

“Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made.”

- John Berryman

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Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

“Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck.”

― Iris Murdoch

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Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes.”

? Henry Miller
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Sunday Quote of the Night

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

“Now…in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, ipods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.”

- Harper Lee

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Saturday Quote of the Night

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

“Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.”

- Octavia Butler

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Friday Quote of the Night

Friday, November 29th, 2013

“When people ask me if it has been a hard or easy road, I always answer with the same quotation, the end is nothing, the road is all.”

? Willa Cather

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Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

“To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”

? Jeanette Winterson

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Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, November 25th, 2013

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”

― Dylan Thomas

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Sunday Quote of the Night

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

“There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.”

? Anthony Trollope

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Thursday Quote of the Night

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

“Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.”

? Rebecca West

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Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

“Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.”

- Edward Abbey

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Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, November 18th, 2013

“The only true voyage of discovery is not to go to new places, but to have other eyes.”

- Marcel Proust

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Sunday Quote of the Night

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”

- Doris Lessing (RIP)

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Wednesday Quote of the Night

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

“I don’t think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That’s why people write novels.”

– A. N. Wilson

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Tuesday Quote of the Night

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

“It has taken a great deal of energy, which has not been so difficult to summon as the necessary patience to wait, simply wait much of the time – until my instincts assured me that I had assembled my materials in proper order for a final welding into their natural form.”

- Hart Crane

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Monday Quote of the Night

Monday, November 11th, 2013

“I want the reader to feel something is astonishing. Not the ‘what happens,’ but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.”

- Alice Munro