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  • #1
    Dorothy Parker
    “I hate writing, I love having written.”
    Dorothy Parker

  • #2
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #3
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “The voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number.”
    P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!

  • #4
    Colette
    “I went to collect the few personal belongings which...I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude.”
    Colette

  • #5
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
    Madeleine L'Engle

  • #6
    Langston Hughes
    “Hold fast to dreams,
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird,
    That cannot fly.”
    Langston Hughes

  • #7
    William Wordsworth
    “The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
    William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #9
    J.K. Rowling
    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • #10
    “Can teachers successfully educate children to think for themselves if teachers are not treated as professionals who think for themselves?”
    Diane Ravitch, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

  • #11
    James Baldwin
    “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
    James Baldwin

  • #12
    Neil Gaiman
    “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #13
    Winston S. Churchill
    “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #14
    Stephen King
    “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
    Stephen King

  • #15
    Natalie Goldberg
    “Writing practice brings us back to the uniqueness of our own minds and an acceptance of it. We all have wild dreams, fantasies, and ordinary thoughts. Let us to feel the texture of them and not be afraid of them.Writing is still the wildest thing I know.”
    Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life

  • #16
    Rachel Joyce
    “People were buying milk, or filling their cars with petrol, or even posting letters. And what no one else knew was the appalling weight of the thing they were carrying inside. The superhuman effort it took sometimes to be normal, and a part of things that appeared both easy and everyday. The loneliness of that.”
    Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • #17
    Maya Angelou
    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • #18
    Charlaine Harris
    “Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”
    Charlaine Harris

  • #19
    It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our
    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • #20
    Joan Didion
    “I don't know what I think until I write it down.”
    Joan Didion

  • #21
    Francine Jay
    “Remember, the things with which we choose to surround ourselves tell our story. Let’s hope it’s not “I choose to live in the past,” or “I can’t finish the projects I start.” Instead, let’s aim for something like, “I live lightly and gracefully, with only the objects I find functional or beautiful.”
    Francine Jay, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life

  • #22
    Charles Dickens
    “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
    Charles Dickens

  • #23
    Charles Dickens
    “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.”
    Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

  • #24
    Alan Bennett
    “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
    Alan Bennett, The History Boys



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