9 Quotes from Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born 4 July 1804, and died 19 May 1864. Nine Quotes Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Easy reading is damn hard writing. Nobody, I think,Continue reading “9 Quotes from Nathaniel Hawthorne”

Literary Birthday – 30 July – Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë was born 30 July 1818, and died 19 December 1848. Nine Quotes He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Terror made me cruel. A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock runs a chance of leaving theContinue reading “Literary Birthday – 30 July – Emily Brontë”

Literary Birthday – 26 July – Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley was born 26 July 1894, and died 22 November 1963. 15 Aldous Huxley Quotes The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. Every man’s memory is his private literature. There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are theContinue reading “Literary Birthday – 26 July – Aldous Huxley”

Literary Birthday – 24 July – Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas was born 24 July 1802, and died 5 December 1870. 12 Quotes Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy. One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never. Infatuated, half through conceit, half through loveContinue reading “Literary Birthday – 24 July – Alexandre Dumas”

Literary Birthday – 23 July – Vikram Chandra

Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961. Seven Quotes The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world. When you’re a writer you sometimes have to spend time poking at part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone. The novel is a technology that is fairly new, of recent invention. Yes, inContinue reading “Literary Birthday – 23 July – Vikram Chandra”

Literary Birthday – 18 July – Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson was born 18 July 1937, and died 20 February  2005 12 Quotes As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says,Continue reading “Literary Birthday – 18 July – Hunter S. Thompson”

Literary Horror Birthday – 9 July – Thomas Ligotti

Happy Birthday, Thomas Ligotti, born 9 July 1953. Five Quotes To my mind, a well-developed sense of humour is the surest indication of a person’s humanity, no matter how black and bitter that humour may be. I’m completely indifferent to what genre I read provided that I feel sympathy with how a writer perceives being aliveContinue reading “Literary Horror Birthday – 9 July – Thomas Ligotti”