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Literary Birthday - 28 August
Happy Birthday, Janet Frame, born 28 August 1924, died 29 January 2004
Seven Quotes
I like to see life with its teeth out.
Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey towards the lost land.
Everything is always a story, but the loveliest ones are those that get written and are not torn up and are taken to a friend as payment for listening, for putting a wise keyhole to the ear of my mind.
There is no past, present or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.
A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgment or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth: there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writer’s own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.
I really love emailing, it’s like writing a poem in the sky.
Frame was a New Zealand author. She wrote 11 novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, and three autobiographical volumes. Frame’s traumatic experiences as a young woman feature in Jane Campion’s popular film adaptation of An Angel at My Table. 
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Literary Birthday - 28 August

Happy Birthday, Janet Frame, born 28 August 1924, died 29 January 2004

Seven Quotes

  1. I like to see life with its teeth out.
  2. Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
  3. All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey towards the lost land.
  4. Everything is always a story, but the loveliest ones are those that get written and are not torn up and are taken to a friend as payment for listening, for putting a wise keyhole to the ear of my mind.
  5. There is no past, present or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.
  6. A writer must stand on the rock of her self and her judgment or be swept away by the tide or sink in the quaking earth: there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writer’s own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.
  7. I really love emailing, it’s like writing a poem in the sky.

Frame was a New Zealand author. She wrote 11 novels, four collections of short stories, a book of poetry, and three autobiographical volumes. Frame’s traumatic experiences as a young woman feature in Jane Campion’s popular film adaptation of An Angel at My Table

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Literary Birthday - 28 August
Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor, born 28 August 1915, died 18 June 2008
Three Quotes
Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. 
Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.
Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!
Tudor is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators and authors. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She illustrated nearly 100 books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas. She believed she had lived before, in the 1830s and lived on a Vermont farm wearing period dresses, spinning wool, raising goats, and cultivating a garden. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 28 August

Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor, born 28 August 1915, died 18 June 2008

Three Quotes

  1. Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. 
  2. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.
  3. Life isn’t long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!

Tudor is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators and authors. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She illustrated nearly 100 books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville ChristmasShe believed she had lived before, in the 1830s and lived on a Vermont farm wearing period dresses, spinning wool, raising goats, and cultivating a garden. 

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 21 hours ago with 61 notes
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Happy Birthday, Jill Lepore, born 27 August 1966
Five Quotes
The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn’t enter into it.
History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what do do next, which is why it’s worth trying to know where things come from.
Writing history requires empathy, inquiry, and debate. It requires forswearing condescension, cant, and nostalgia. The past isn’t quaint. Much of it, in fact, is bleak.
Innovation and disruption are ideas that originated in the arena of business but which have since been applied to arenas whose values and goals are remote from the values and goals of business. People aren’t disk drives. Public schools, colleges and universities, churches, museums, and many hospitals, all of which have been subjected to disruptive innovation, have revenues and expenses and infrastructures, but they aren’t industries in the same way that manufacturers of hard-disk drives or truck engines or drygoods are industries. 
…but everyone tries; trying is the human condition. All anyone can do is ask.
Lepore is an American professor and writer. She is chair of Harvard’s History and Literature Program. She writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Scholar, among others. Her biography, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jill Lepore, born 27 August 1966

Five Quotes

  1. The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn’t enter into it.
  2. History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what do do next, which is why it’s worth trying to know where things come from.
  3. Writing history requires empathy, inquiry, and debate. It requires forswearing condescension, cant, and nostalgia. The past isn’t quaint. Much of it, in fact, is bleak.
  4. Innovation and disruption are ideas that originated in the arena of business but which have since been applied to arenas whose values and goals are remote from the values and goals of business. People aren’t disk drives. Public schools, colleges and universities, churches, museums, and many hospitals, all of which have been subjected to disruptive innovation, have revenues and expenses and infrastructures, but they aren’t industries in the same way that manufacturers of hard-disk drives or truck engines or drygoods are industries. 
  5. …but everyone tries; trying is the human condition. All anyone can do is ask.

Lepore is an American professor and writer. She is chair of Harvard’s History and Literature Program. She writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Scholar, among others. Her biography, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 day ago with 27 notes
#Amanda Patterson  #Jill Lepore  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, John Buchan, born 26 August 1875, died 11 February 1940
10 Quotes
This preoccupation with the classics was the happiest thing that could have befallen me. It gave me a standard of values. To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education. … Faulty though my own practice has always been, I learned sound doctrine - the virtue of a clean, bare style, of simplicity, of a hard substance and an austere pattern.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
The book trade is spiritual barometer of a nation’s well-being.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
The best prayers have often more groans than words.
But the big courage is the cold-blooded kind, the kind that never lets go even when you’re feeling empty inside, and your blood’s thin, and there’s no kind of fun or profit to be had, and the trouble’s not over in an hour or two but lasts for months and years.
He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
Wood, sea and hill were the intimacies of my childhood, and they have never lost their spell for me.
Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician. He is best known for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, John Buchan, born 26 August 1875, died 11 February 1940

10 Quotes

  1. This preoccupation with the classics was the happiest thing that could have befallen me. It gave me a standard of values. To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education. … Faulty though my own practice has always been, I learned sound doctrine - the virtue of a clean, bare style, of simplicity, of a hard substance and an austere pattern.
  2. An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
  3. I believe everything out of the common. The only thing to distrust is the normal.
  4. The book trade is spiritual barometer of a nation’s well-being.
  5. The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
  6. Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
  7. The best prayers have often more groans than words.
  8. But the big courage is the cold-blooded kind, the kind that never lets go even when you’re feeling empty inside, and your blood’s thin, and there’s no kind of fun or profit to be had, and the trouble’s not over in an hour or two but lasts for months and years.
  9. He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.
  10. Wood, sea and hill were the intimacies of my childhood, and they have never lost their spell for me.

Buchan1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish novelist, historian and politician. He is best known for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. 

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— 2 days ago with 34 notes
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Happy Birthday, Howard Jacobson, born 25 August 1942
10 Quotes
You begin by reading reading reading. Read good writing. Don’t write about your life, but start with what you know about. That doesn’t mean it’s you; you might know something else. 
Novels began as a comic form and should remain as a comic form.
One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed? 
The politics of youth are, by definition, the politics of ignorance.
There was no child. Children spoilt the story.
How do you explain to somebody who doesn’t understand that you don’t build a library to read. A library is a resource. Something you go to, for reference, as and when. But also something you simply look at, because it gives you succour, answers to some idea of who you are or, more to the point, who you would like to be, who you will be once you own every book you need to own.
Novelists are drawn to failure. Those who prosper in the world as it is have no need to re-imagine it.
Read other writers but don’t be other writers. Don’t be cowed by all the great writers that you like. 
Remember that it’s your job as a writer, if you see any sign of ideology in you, to kill it. Writing is not the expression of your belief system. What you believe is of no interest to anybody. Almost what anybody believes is of no interest to anybody. 
Remember how superior art is to belief. And away you go! 
Jacobson is a British author and journalist. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. He is best known for writing comic novels with British Jewish characters at their centre.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Howard Jacobson, born 25 August 1942

10 Quotes

  1. You begin by reading reading reading. Read good writing. Don’t write about your life, but start with what you know about. That doesn’t mean it’s you; you might know something else. 
  2. Novels began as a comic form and should remain as a comic form.
  3. One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed? 
  4. The politics of youth are, by definition, the politics of ignorance.
  5. There was no child. Children spoilt the story.
  6. How do you explain to somebody who doesn’t understand that you don’t build a library to read. A library is a resource. Something you go to, for reference, as and when. But also something you simply look at, because it gives you succour, answers to some idea of who you are or, more to the point, who you would like to be, who you will be once you own every book you need to own.
  7. Novelists are drawn to failure. Those who prosper in the world as it is have no need to re-imagine it.
  8. Read other writers but don’t be other writers. Don’t be cowed by all the great writers that you like. 
  9. Remember that it’s your job as a writer, if you see any sign of ideology in you, to kill it. Writing is not the expression of your belief system. What you believe is of no interest to anybody. Almost what anybody believes is of no interest to anybody.
  10. Remember how superior art is to belief. And away you go! 

Jacobson is a British author and journalist. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. He is best known for writing comic novels with British Jewish characters at their centre.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 3 days ago with 43 notes
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Happy Birthday, Paulo Coelho, born 24 August 1947
Top 10 Paulo Coelho Quotes
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.
Tears are words that need to be written.
Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.
Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Paulo Coelho, born 24 August 1947

Top 10 Paulo Coelho Quotes

  1. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
  2. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  3. The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
  4. When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.
  5. Tears are words that need to be written.
  6. Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
  7. When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
  8. Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
  9. People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.
  10. Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 4 days ago with 135 notes
#Paulo Coelho  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962
10 Quotes
Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives.
Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.
Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.
All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.
Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship.
To be known so well by someone is an unimaginable gift. But to be imagined so well by someone is even better.
There is a kind of poetry, bad and good, in everything, everywhere we look.
And they all lived happily ever after, until they died.
Smith is a Scottish writer. She is best known for her three major collections of short stories Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The First Person
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Ali Smith, born 24 August 1962

10 Quotes

  1. Great books are adaptable. They alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives.
  2. Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.
  3. Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.
  4. A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I’d much rather go and read a book.
  5. Words are like untying a corset - you can move into this great space with them.
  6. All we need to do, reader or writer, from first line to final page, is be as open as a book, and be alive to the life in language - on all its levels.
  7. Nothing is harmful to literature except censorship.
  8. To be known so well by someone is an unimaginable gift. But to be imagined so well by someone is even better.
  9. There is a kind of poetry, bad and good, in everything, everywhere we look.
  10. And they all lived happily ever after, until they died.

Smith is a Scottish writer. She is best known for her three major collections of short stories Free Love and Other Stories, Other Stories and Other Stories and The First Person

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— 4 days ago with 33 notes
#Ali Smith  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Edgar Lee Masters, born 23 August 1868, died 5 March 1950
Six Quotes
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
To this generation I would say: Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.
It takes life to love life.
How shall the soul of a man be larger than the life he has lived?
In time you shall see Fate approach you in the shape of your own image in the mirror.
I ended up with a broken fiddle — And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories, And not a single regret.
Masters was an American poet, biographer, and dramatist. He is the author of Spoon River Anthology.
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Happy Birthday, Edgar Lee Masters, born 23 August 1868, died 5 March 1950

Six Quotes

  1. To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
  2. To this generation I would say: Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.
  3. It takes life to love life.
  4. How shall the soul of a man be larger than the life he has lived?
  5. In time you shall see Fate approach you in the shape of your own image in the mirror.
  6. I ended up with a broken fiddle — And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories, And not a single regret.

Masters was an American poet, biographer, and dramatist. He is the author of Spoon River Anthology.

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— 6 days ago with 37 notes
#Edgar Lee Masters  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #Writers Write 
Happy Birthday, Annie Proulx, born 22 August 193510 Quotes On Writing 

Happy Birthday, Annie Proulx, born 22 August 1935
10 Quotes On Writing 

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Today is the anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birthday (born 22 August 1920, died 5 June 2012)
10 Ray Bradbury Quotes

Today is the anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birthday (born 22 August 1920, died 5 June 2012)

10 Ray Bradbury Quotes

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