"Everybody is continuously connected to everybody else on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Reddit, emailing, texting, faster and faster, with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning. Everybody’s talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell."
Happy Birthday, Ngaio Marsh, born 23 April 1895, died 18 February 1982
- Why do you want to become an author? I will accept only one answer. If it is because you feel you can write better than you can do anything else then go ahead and do it without frills and flourishes. Stick to your present job and write in your spare time: but do it as if it is a whole time job.
- You must be able to write. You must have a sense of form, of pattern, of design. You must have a respect for and a mastery over words.
- Please don’t entertain for a moment the utterly mistaken idea that there is no drudgery in writing. There is a great deal of drudgery in even the most inspired, the most noble, the most distinguished writing. Read what the great ones have said about their jobs; how they never sit down to their work without a sigh of distress and never get up from it witout a sigh of relief. Do you imagine that your Muse is forever flamelike — breathing the inspired word, the wonderful situation, the superb solution into your attentive ear? … Believe me, my poor boy, if you wait for inspiration in our set-up, you’ll wait for ever.
- We worry and fumble and rehash. At two o’clock in the morning we get marvelous ideas and at eight o’clock the following evening we recognise those ideas for the nonsense they are. We have awful sessions when nothing goes right, and brief but blissful sessions when everything seems to go well.
- We do not wait for inspiration. We work because we’ve jolly well got to. But when all is said and done, we toil at this particular job because it’s turned out to be our particular job, and in a weird sort of way I suppose we may be said to like it.
- Above all things — read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.
- You may be able to write a novel, you may not. You will never know until you have worked very hard indeed and written at least part of it. You will never really know until you have written the whole of it and submitted it for publication.
Marsh was a New Zealand crime writer who is best known for her creation Inspector Roderick Alleyn, a gentleman detective. She is known as one of the ‘Queens of Crime’ along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Margery Allingham.
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International Day of the Book - William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday →
#International Day of the Book
World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is hoped that World Book and Copyright Day will increase people’s understanding of copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.
In the United Kingdom, the day is instead recognised on the first Thursday in March.
World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. The date is symbolic for world literature. Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died on 23 April 1616.
23 April has also been taken as Shakespeare’s birthday (he was baptised on 26 April 1564, and his actual date of birth is unknown). This year, 2014, marks William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday.
The Top 12 Shakespeare Quotes
- The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. (Julius Caesar)
- To be, or not to be: that is the question. (Hamlet)
- The course of true love never did run smooth. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
- If I lose mine honour, I lose myself. (Antony and Cleopatra)
- All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. (As You Like It)
- Now is the winter of our discontent. (Richard III)
- Brevity is the soul of wit. (Hamlet)
- Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em. (Twelfth Night)
- Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (All’s Well That Ends)
- Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow. (Romeo and Juliet)
- But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve. (Othello)
- There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Hamlet)
by Amanda Patterson
Happy Birthday, Halldór Laxness, born 23 April 1902, died 8 February 1998
- The difference between a novelist and a historian is this: that the former tells lies deliberately and for the fun of it; the historian tells lies in his simplicity and imagines he is telling the truth.
- The first thing is to have the will; the rest is technique.
- For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.
- My motto is strong packaging, clear addressing.
- It’s a pity we don’t whistle at one another, like birds. Words are misleading.
- Remember, any lie you are told, even deliberately, is often a more significant fact than a truth told in all sincerity.
- What you have stolen can never be yours.
- People don’t have the imagination to understand politicians. People are too innocent.
- Whoever doesn’t live in poetry cannot survive here on earth.
Laxness was an Icelandic writer who wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. He received the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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