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  • #1
    Herman Melville
    “A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”
    Herman Melville, Pierre: or, the Ambiguities

  • #2
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #3
    William Faulkner
    “I decline to accept the end of man... I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”
    William Faulkner

  • #4
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination

  • #5
    C.S. Lewis
    “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #6
    Rudyard Kipling
    “He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
    Rudyard Kipling, Many Inventions

  • #7
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #8
    Art Spiegelman
    “Samuel Beckett once said, "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness."
    ...On the other hand, he SAID it.”
    Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

  • #9
    Tina Fey
    “...Whenever someone says to me, 'Jerry Lewis says women aren't funny,' or 'Christopher Hitchens says women aren't funny,' or 'Rick Fenderman says women aren't funny... Do you have anything to say to that?'

    Yes. We don't fucking care if you like it.

    I don't say it out loud, of course, because Jerry Lewis is a great philanthropist, Hitchens is very sick, and the third guy I made up.”
    Tina Fey

  • #10
    John Green
    “Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself.”
    John Green

  • #11
    Jo Walton
    “Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.”
    Jo Walton, Among Others

  • #12
    Ambrose Bierce
    “Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”
    Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

  • #13
    Amy Waldman
    “She knew well the history of which they spoke because her father had been a part of it. When the military overseers of Pakistan had refused to allow the winning party in Bangladesh—then East Pakistan—to form a government, her father had put down his textbooks, left the university, and joined the fight. Hundreds of thousands, millions of deaths later, Bangladesh had its independence. His stories had made a deep impact on on Asma as a child. She had resolved to be as brave, only to learn that as a woman she wasn't expected to be.”
    Amy Waldman, The Submission

  • #14
    “I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.”
    Linus Pauling

  • #15
    C.G. Jung
    “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
    C.G. Jung

  • #16
    Sherman Alexie
    “Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.”
    Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • #17
    Joanna Russ
    “Scholars don't usually sit gasping and sobbing in corners of the library stacks.
    But they should. They should.”
    Joanna Russ, On Strike Against God

  • #18
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    “One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.”
    Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories

  • #19
    Jasper Fforde
    “Sorry," [Hamlet] said, rubbing his temples. "I don't know what came over me. All of a sudden I had this overwhelming desire to talk for a very long time without actually doing anything.”
    Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten

  • #20
    Elizabeth McCracken
    “All I can say is, it's a sort of kinship, as though there is a family tree of grief. On this branch, the lost children, on this the suicided parents, here the beloved mentally ill siblings. When something terrible happens, you discover all of the sudden that you have a new set of relatives, people with whom you can speak in the shorthand of cousins.”
    Elizabeth McCracken, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

  • #21
    Alexandre Dumas
    “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope”
    Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

  • #22
    E. Nesbit
    “There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat. Amabel did both: they are not the same thing, as you will see if you think the matter over.”
    E. Nesbit, The Magic World

  • #23
    Neil Gaiman
    “[D]on't ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read...”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #24
    “Cities on the ocean have a choice whether to turn their faces or their backs to the water, lining the shore either with pretty hotels and rich homes or dim warehouses, narrow streets, and greasy piers. All prairie towns turn away from the prairie, however. The huddled houses form a storm-battened island in the midst of endless space.”
    Joseph Bottum

  • #25
    Henry Cloud
    “Our real concern with others should not be "Are they doing what I would do or what I want them to do?" but "Are they really making a free choice?" When we accept others' freedom, we don't get angry, feel guilty, or withdraw our love when they set boundaries with us. When we accept others' freedom, we feel better about our own.”
    Henry Cloud, Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life

  • #26
    “Marketing isn’t sleazy car salesman tactics.
    Marketing isn’t tricking people into buying.
    Marketing isn’t unethical.
    Marketing isn’t intrusive self-promotion.
    Marketing is two things: (1) creating lasting connections with people, through (2) a focus on being relentlessly helpful.”
    Tim Grahl

  • #27
    Terry Pratchett
    “So, instead, I give tips on how to be a professional boxer. A good diet is essential, of course, as is a daily regime of exercise. Pay attention to your footwork, it will often get you into trouble. Go down to the gym every day – every day of your life that finds you waking up capable of standing. Take every opportunity to watch a good professional fight. In fact watch as many bouts as you can, because you can even learn something from the fighters who get it wrong. Don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do. And don’t forget the diet and the exercise and the roadwork.

    Got it? Well, becoming a writer is basically exactly the same thing, except that it isn’t about boxing.”
    Terry Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction

  • #28
    Brandon Sanderson
    “You don't need to use your hand to Push," Gemmel grumbled at him. "Wastes time.”
    Brandon Sanderson, The Eleventh Metal

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