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Quotable - Eric Hoffer, born 25 July 1902, died 21 May 1983
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Quotable - Eric Hoffer, born 25 July 1902, died 21 May 1983

15 Quotes

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Happy Birthday, Elias Canetti, born 25 July 1905, died 14 August 1994
Seven Quotes
All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.
Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Elias Canetti, born 25 July 1905, died 14 August 1994

Seven Quotes

  1. All things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
  2. There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
  3. The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
  4. When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
  5. There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
  6. The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind.
  7. The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation, and it seems most true when it eschews artistic devices of any sort.

Canetti was a Bulgarian-born Swiss and British novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 16 hours ago with 49 notes
#Elias Canetti  #Literary Birthday  #amanda patterson 
Quotable - Zelda Fitzgerald, born 24 July 1900, died 10 March 1948
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Quotable - Zelda Fitzgerald, born 24 July 1900, died 10 March 1948

10 Quotes 

— 1 day ago with 76 notes
#zelda fitzgerald  #Literary Birthday  #lit  #quotes 
Happy Birthday, Alexandre Dumas, born 24 July 1802, 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 love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.
Dumas was a French writer. He is most famous for historical adventure novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Alexandre Dumas, born 24 July 1802, died 5 December 1870

12 Quotes

  1. 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.
  2. One’s work may be finished someday, but one’s education never.
  3. Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.
  4. There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
  5. There are two distinct sorts of ideas: Those that proceed from the head and those that emanate from the heart.
  6. In business, sir, one has no friends, only correspondents.
  7. Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.
  8. As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.
  9. The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of dates.
  10. There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.
  11. True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
  12. Your life story is a novel; and people, though they love novels bound between two yellow paper covers, are oddly suspicious of those which come to them in living vellum, even when they are gilded.

Dumas was a French writer. He is most famous for historical adventure novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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#Alexandre Dumas  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson  #writers write 
Quotable - Raymond Chandler, born 23 July 1888, died 26 March 1959
10 Quotes on Writing

Quotable - Raymond Chandler, born 23 July 1888, died 26 March 1959

10 Quotes on Writing

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#Raymond Chandler  #Literary Birthday  #Quotes  #Lit 
Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961 
Seven Quotes
The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
I think it’s very true when you’re a writer and you sometimes you 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, in the age of television and the Net, the novel will never again attain that central position of cultural authority and importance that it had in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, when it taught us to narrate our lives according to certain principles, to interpret the world in a particular way. But this doesn’t mean it’s dead. It’s still very much alive, and will continue to remain so.
It was 1987 when all the minimalist stuff was in vogue, and suddenly here I am with all these Indian gods making pronouncements. They’d say, ‘This is melodrama,’ and I would answer, ‘I know, but I like melodrama; we Indians do melodrama.
Read, read, read, and then explore your obsessions because I think that’s where the energy comes from. There’s nothing worse than starting something and then getting bored with it when you’re halfway through.
I like teaching. It takes me out of myself. I have a tendency to just camp out in some little hole with a computer and books and not emerge for a week, and that’s actually bad for me.
At some point in the semester I’ll get the question, ‘Why does every story have to have a conflict? Can’t we just write something different?’ And my answer is, ‘Yes you can, but will it work? Will anybody want to read it?’
Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Vikram Chandra, born 23 July 1961 

Seven Quotes

  1. The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world.
  2. I think it’s very true when you’re a writer and you sometimes you have to spend time poking at part of yourself that normal, sane people leave alone.
  3. The novel is a technology that is fairly new, of recent invention. Yes, in the age of television and the Net, the novel will never again attain that central position of cultural authority and importance that it had in the eighteenth or nineteenth century, when it taught us to narrate our lives according to certain principles, to interpret the world in a particular way. But this doesn’t mean it’s dead. It’s still very much alive, and will continue to remain so.
  4. It was 1987 when all the minimalist stuff was in vogue, and suddenly here I am with all these Indian gods making pronouncements. They’d say, ‘This is melodrama,’ and I would answer, ‘I know, but I like melodrama; we Indians do melodrama.
  5. Read, read, read, and then explore your obsessions because I think that’s where the energy comes from. There’s nothing worse than starting something and then getting bored with it when you’re halfway through.
  6. I like teaching. It takes me out of myself. I have a tendency to just camp out in some little hole with a computer and books and not emerge for a week, and that’s actually bad for me.
  7. At some point in the semester I’ll get the question, ‘Why does every story have to have a conflict? Can’t we just write something different?’ And my answer is, ‘Yes you can, but will it work? Will anybody want to read it?’

Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 2 days ago with 40 notes
#vikram chandra  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Quotable - Tom Robbins, born 22 July 1936
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Quotable - Tom Robbins, born 22 July 1936

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— 3 days ago with 181 notes
#tom robbins  #quotes  #lit  #Literary Birthday  #dragons 
Happy Birthday, Bryan Forbes, born 22 July 1926, died 8 May 2013
Eight Quotes
Writing is one of the loneliest of the arts; unlike the actor we have no immediate audience and must wait many long months, even years on occasion, for the splatter of applause to reach our ears, if indeed we are not damned by total neglect.
Nothing recedes like success.
An actor must have arrogance, conceit…I would never have made it as an actor, but I still have conceit.
I may not have come up the hard way, but I have come up the whole way.
I was a writer who became an actor who became a screenwriter who became a director. 
I remember saying to this particular savagely disturbed woman [who was protesting The Stepford Wives], “You’ve missed the whole point. A, it’s fantasy; B, if anybody looks stupid, it’s the men. It’s not an attack on women, it’s an attack on women being exploited by men.”
Life is pretty grotty, and anything that brings back a little Romanticism to life is not to be despised.
I have often found that, although we dump things, part of the egg remains and starts to gestate. We pull them out of our subconscious years later and use them again in a different project. 
Forbes was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist. He books included International Velvet, The Rewrite Man, and The Soldier;s Story. He was well known as the director of the films, The Stepford Wives, Whistle Down the Wind, and King Rat. He also wrote several screenplays, including The League of Gentlemen.
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Happy Birthday, Bryan Forbes, born 22 July 1926, died 8 May 2013

Eight Quotes

  1. Writing is one of the loneliest of the arts; unlike the actor we have no immediate audience and must wait many long months, even years on occasion, for the splatter of applause to reach our ears, if indeed we are not damned by total neglect.
  2. Nothing recedes like success.
  3. An actor must have arrogance, conceit…I would never have made it as an actor, but I still have conceit.
  4. I may not have come up the hard way, but I have come up the whole way.
  5. I was a writer who became an actor who became a screenwriter who became a director. 
  6. I remember saying to this particular savagely disturbed woman [who was protesting The Stepford Wives], “You’ve missed the whole point. A, it’s fantasy; B, if anybody looks stupid, it’s the men. It’s not an attack on women, it’s an attack on women being exploited by men.”
  7. Life is pretty grotty, and anything that brings back a little Romanticism to life is not to be despised.
  8. I have often found that, although we dump things, part of the egg remains and starts to gestate. We pull them out of our subconscious years later and use them again in a different project. 

Forbes was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist. He books included International Velvet, The Rewrite Man, and The Soldier;s Story. He was well known as the director of the films, The Stepford Wives, Whistle Down the Wind, and King Rat. He also wrote several screenplays, including The League of Gentlemen.

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— 3 days ago with 30 notes
#literary birthday  #bryan forbes  #amanda patterson 
Happy Birthday, S.E. Hinton, born 22 July 1948
10 Quotes
Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.
I like having a private name and a public name. It helps keep things straight.
I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.
I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.
I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.
Susan Eloise Hinton is an American writer best known for The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, S.E. Hinton, born 22 July 1948

10 Quotes

  1. Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff.
  2. I like having a private name and a public name. It helps keep things straight.
  3. I really do like listening to stuff that’s happened to other people. I guess that’s why I like to read.
  4. I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
  5. Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.
  6. I go straight from thinking about my narrator to being him.
  7. You know what the crummiest feeling you can have is? To hate the person you love the best in the world.
  8. I wish I was a kid again, when I had all the answers.
  9. I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.
  10. If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.

Susan Eloise Hinton is an American writer best known for The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school.

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— 3 days ago with 95 notes
#S.E. Hinton  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway, born 21 July 1899, died  2 July 1961
27 gems from Hemingway on writing

Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway, born 21 July 1899, died  2 July 1961

27 gems from Hemingway on writing

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#ernest hemingway  #comic  #Literary Birthday  #amanda patterson 
Happy Birthday, Hart Crane, born 21 July 1899, died 27 April 1932
Four Quotes
I got so I simply gagged every time I sat before my desk to write an ad.
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
I have wanted to write you more than once, but it will take many letters to let you know what I mean (for myself, at least) when I say that I have seen the Word made Flesh.
Scatter these well-meant idioms into the smoky spring that fills the suburbs, where they will be lost.
Crane was an American poet who found inspiration in the poetry of T. S. Eliot. He wrote The Bridge as an epic poem in the vein of The Waste Land. 
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Hart Crane, born 21 July 1899, died 27 April 1932

Four Quotes

  1. I got so I simply gagged every time I sat before my desk to write an ad.
  2. One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
  3. I have wanted to write you more than once, but it will take many letters to let you know what I mean (for myself, at least) when I say that I have seen the Word made Flesh.
  4. Scatter these well-meant idioms into the smoky spring that fills the suburbs, where they will be lost.

Crane was an American poet who found inspiration in the poetry of T. S. Eliot. He wrote The Bridge as an epic poem in the vein of The Waste Land

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 4 days ago with 28 notes
#Hart Crane  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy, born 20 July 1933. Follow this link for more quotes.

Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy, born 20 July 1933. Follow this link for more quotes.

— 5 days ago with 203 notes
#cormac mccarthy  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLeod, born 20 July 1936, died 20 April 2014
Seven Quotes
I write a single sentence at a time, and then I read it aloud.
I like to think that I am telling a story rather than writing it.
No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that it is to be lived.
There is a kind of belief among my students that things that are true are interesting. But most things that are true are not interesting. Four pages describing how I got up and brushed my teeth in the morning would kill you.
If people aren’t creating literature, there would be nothing for people to criticise.
Today there is a division between those who write about literature and those who create it. I, obviously, don’t think that should be there.
Measure twice; cut once.
MacLeod was a Canadian novelist, short story writer and academic. His 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada’s greatest book of all time. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Alistair MacLeod, born 20 July 1936, died 20 April 2014

Seven Quotes

  1. I write a single sentence at a time, and then I read it aloud.
  2. I like to think that I am telling a story rather than writing it.
  3. No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that it is to be lived.
  4. There is a kind of belief among my students that things that are true are interesting. But most things that are true are not interesting. Four pages describing how I got up and brushed my teeth in the morning would kill you.
  5. If people aren’t creating literature, there would be nothing for people to criticise.
  6. Today there is a division between those who write about literature and those who create it. I, obviously, don’t think that should be there.
  7. Measure twice; cut once.

MacLeod was a Canadian novelist, short story writer and academic. His 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada’s greatest book of all time. 

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 5 days ago with 42 notes
#Alistair MacLeod  #Amanda Patterson  #Literary Birthday 
Happy Birthday, Jess Walter, born 20 July 1965
Nine Quotes
When I’m deep in a novel, I don’t pay bills and I walk around in one shoe, drinking two-day old coffee, and calling my kids by the wrong names.
Without sounding overly sentimental about the process, I’d say trying to describe how you tend to conceive of a book is like describing how you tend to fall in love.
My desk is an antique with bookshelves built into the side. I’ve turned the drawer over to hold a keyboard. We live in a 100-year-old house, and I work in an apartment above the carriage house.
I pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I’m having trouble with the novel I’m writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer’s block by always writing something.
For me, movies and television are interesting because they are the dominant storytelling form of our time. My first love will always be fiction, and especially novels, but I’m a writer… I write poetry and essays and criticism and I’d love to write a whole play, and sometimes I even write scripts.
I think suspense should be like any other colour on a writer’s palette. I suppose I’m in the minority but I think it’s crazy for ‘literary fiction’ to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto.
Forget being ‘discovered.’ All you can do is write. If you write well enough, and are stubborn enough to embrace failure, and if you happen to fall into the narrow categories that the book market recognizes, then you might make a little money. Otherwise, it’s a struggle. A gorgeous struggle.
Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story…your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for awhile, we’re less alone.
I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start. 
Walter is an American author. He has written six novels and a collection of short stories. His has won many awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Walter also writes screenplays and was the co-author of Christopher Darden’s 1996 best-seller In Contempt. 
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Jess Walter, born 20 July 1965

Nine Quotes

  1. When I’m deep in a novel, I don’t pay bills and I walk around in one shoe, drinking two-day old coffee, and calling my kids by the wrong names.
  2. Without sounding overly sentimental about the process, I’d say trying to describe how you tend to conceive of a book is like describing how you tend to fall in love.
  3. My desk is an antique with bookshelves built into the side. I’ve turned the drawer over to hold a keyboard. We live in a 100-year-old house, and I work in an apartment above the carriage house.
  4. I pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I’m having trouble with the novel I’m writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer’s block by always writing something.
  5. For me, movies and television are interesting because they are the dominant storytelling form of our time. My first love will always be fiction, and especially novels, but I’m a writer… I write poetry and essays and criticism and I’d love to write a whole play, and sometimes I even write scripts.
  6. I think suspense should be like any other colour on a writer’s palette. I suppose I’m in the minority but I think it’s crazy for ‘literary fiction’ to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto.
  7. Forget being ‘discovered.’ All you can do is write. If you write well enough, and are stubborn enough to embrace failure, and if you happen to fall into the narrow categories that the book market recognizes, then you might make a little money. Otherwise, it’s a struggle. A gorgeous struggle.
  8. Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story…your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for awhile, we’re less alone.
  9. I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start. 

Walter is an American author. He has written six novels and a collection of short stories. His has won many awards including the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Walter also writes screenplays and was the co-author of Christopher Darden’s 1996 best-seller In Contempt

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— 5 days ago with 59 notes
#Jess Walter  #Literary Birthday  #Writers Write  #Amanda Patterson 
Happy Birthday, A.J. Cronin, born 19 July 1896, died 6 January 1981
Nine Quotes
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength. 
That is life… to begin again when everything is lost! 
Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us
Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one’s mind and fly from them 
The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat.
No one in good faith can ever be lost.
Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine.
Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novels are The Citadel and The Stars Look Down, which were adapted for film.His novella Country Doctor was adapted for BBC radio and TV as Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.
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Happy Birthday, A.J. Cronin, born 19 July 1896, died 6 January 1981

Nine Quotes

  1. Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength. 
  2. That is life… to begin again when everything is lost! 
  3. Hell is that state where one has ceased to hope.
  4. Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley.
  5. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us
  6. Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one’s mind and fly from them 
  7. The virtue of all achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat.
  8. No one in good faith can ever be lost.
  9. Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine.

Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novels are The Citadel and The Stars Look Down, which were adapted for film.His novella Country Doctor was adapted for BBC radio and TV as Dr. Finlay’s Casebook.

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— 6 days ago with 58 notes
#a.j. cronin  #Literary Birthday  #Amanda Patterson