Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thursday Thirteen # 43 . . . 13 Quotes by Authors & Writers

The following are 13 of my favorite quotes by Authors & Writers.

1) If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." --Toni Morrison

2) Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae." — Kurt Vonnegut

3) Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." --Albert Einstein

4) Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

--Flannery O'Connor

5) "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." — Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

6) Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open." — Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within)

7) "When your rage is choking you, it is best to say nothing. " — Octavia E. Butler(Fledgling

8) Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television; solitude is herb tea and soft music. Solitude, quality solitude, is an assertion of self-worth, because only in the stillness can we hear the truth of our own unique voices." —Pearl Cleage (Deals With the Devil: And Other Reasons to Riot

9) "In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

--George Orwell

10) "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." "--Maya Angelou

11) "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

12) "A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same."

--Elbert Hubbard

13) "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." — Robert A. Heinlein

Do you relate to any of the quotes on my list? Are there any quotes by authors you'd care to share?

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Heather said...

I've long liked numbers 3 and 5, but really like No. 8 as well.

Shelley Munro said...

I really like #1 and #13.
#13 made me chuckle. Happy TT

Hazel said...

Einstein must be that certain of human stupidity to be unsure of the universe 1 - lovely. i'll keep that in mind. no. 6 - encouraging. and no. 2 has me wondering what's your take on Stephen King's comparison of Rowling and Meyer in which he went on saying "Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good"?

I am Harriet said...

Great list. Loved Einstein's stupidity- how true.

Brenda ND said...

I like the quote about friends the best, but all the others are good too.

jillconyers said...

As a avid quote collector I love this list! Added a few to my collection :)

Anonymous said...

Great list! I love #3. Happy T13!

storyteller said...

Like Jill, I'm an avid collector of quotes so I loved your list. Natalie Goldberg's and Toni Morrison's resonate the most mightily with me today ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

i beati said...

such a varied and provocative list

Lawrence said...

I'm really feeling 8, 10, 11, and 12. Nice list

AD said...

ohhh great list :D

Carleen said...

The quotations from Flannery O'Connor and Maya Angelou speak to me. I agree with both of them. :)

The best list I've seen so far for this week.