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Happy Birthday, Rose Macaulay, born 1 August 1881, died 30 October 1958
Seven Quotes
It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.
Life, for all its agonies…is exciting and beautiful, amusing and endearing…and whatever is to come after it — we shall not have this life again.
You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting.
He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays—cynical but hopeful.
Words, those precious gems of queer shape and gay colours, sharp angles and soft contours, shades of meaning laid one over the other down history, so that for those far back one must delve among the lost and lovely litter that strews the centuries. They arrange themselves in the most elegant odd patterns; the sound the strangest sweet euphonious notes; they flute and sing and taber, and disappear, like apparitions, with a curious perfume and a most melodious twang.
At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.
Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.
Macaulay was an English writer. She published thirty-five books, mostly novels but also biographies and travel writing.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Rose Macaulay, born 1 August 1881, died 30 October 1958

Seven Quotes

  1. It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.
  2. Life, for all its agonies…is exciting and beautiful, amusing and endearing…and whatever is to come after it — we shall not have this life again.
  3. You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting.
  4. He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays—cynical but hopeful.
  5. Words, those precious gems of queer shape and gay colours, sharp angles and soft contours, shades of meaning laid one over the other down history, so that for those far back one must delve among the lost and lovely litter that strews the centuries. They arrange themselves in the most elegant odd patterns; the sound the strangest sweet euphonious notes; they flute and sing and taber, and disappear, like apparitions, with a curious perfume and a most melodious twang.
  6. At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.
  7. Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.

Macaulay was an English writer. She published thirty-five books, mostly novels but also biographies and travel writing.

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Happy Birthday, Susan Cheever, born 31 July 1943
Six Quotes
Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time.
What makes someone want to be a writer? Clearly, one thing this dream requires is a ferocious hunger, a hunger for recognition, a yearning to be heard that roars through the soul with a sound so great that the stories often feel as if they are discovered rather than invented. 
Bad writing is often driven by resentment, and good writing is based on authority.
Obsession is so extreme and so hard to imagine with the rational mind that it has a science-fiction-like quality to it—it’s almost as if the obsessed one has been taken over by a replica, a pod, a facsimile of the rational person. When one is in the grip of an obsession, everything else—children, regular meals, sleep, work—is swept away. 
I believe that the memoir is the novel of the 21st century; it’s an amazing form that we haven’t even begun to tap…we’re just getting started figuring out what the rules are.
Writers often write their best when they are feeling their worst.
Cheever is an American author. She is best known for Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, John Cheever, and American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.
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Happy Birthday, Susan Cheever, born 31 July 1943

Six Quotes

  1. Death is terrifying because it is so ordinary. It happens all the time.
  2. What makes someone want to be a writer? Clearly, one thing this dream requires is a ferocious hunger, a hunger for recognition, a yearning to be heard that roars through the soul with a sound so great that the stories often feel as if they are discovered rather than invented. 
  3. Bad writing is often driven by resentment, and good writing is based on authority.
  4. Obsession is so extreme and so hard to imagine with the rational mind that it has a science-fiction-like quality to it—it’s almost as if the obsessed one has been taken over by a replica, a pod, a facsimile of the rational person. When one is in the grip of an obsession, everything else—children, regular meals, sleep, work—is swept away. 
  5. I believe that the memoir is the novel of the 21st century; it’s an amazing form that we haven’t even begun to tap…we’re just getting started figuring out what the rules are.
  6. Writers often write their best when they are feeling their worst.

Cheever is an American author. She is best known for Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, John Cheever, and American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.

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Quotable - Ann Brashares, born 30 July 1967 (Seven Quotes) 

Quotable - Ann Brashares, born 30 July 1967 (Seven Quotes

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Happy Birthday, William H. Gass, born 30 July 1924
10 Quotes
Getting even is one reason for writing.
Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.
For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.
The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
Of course there is enough to stir our wonder anywhere; there’s enough to love, anywhere, if one is strong enough, if one is diligent enough, if one is perceptive, patient, kind enough — whatever it takes.
I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.
For the speedy reader paragraphs become a country the eye flies over looking for landmarks, reference points, airports, restrooms, passages of sex.
It’s not the word made flesh we want in writing, in poetry and fiction, but the flesh made word.
A cause is a lie with a fan club.
In general, I would think that at present prose writers are much in advance of the poets. In the old days, I read more poetry than prose, but now it is in prose where you find things being put together well, where there is great ambition, and equal talent. Poets have gotten so careless, it is a disgrace. You can’t pick up a page. All the words slide off.
Gass is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. He has won three National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. He received the American Book Award for his 1995 novel The Tunnel .
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, William H. Gass, born 30 July 1924

10 Quotes

  1. Getting even is one reason for writing.
  2. Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.
  3. For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.
  4. The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
  5. Of course there is enough to stir our wonder anywhere; there’s enough to love, anywhere, if one is strong enough, if one is diligent enough, if one is perceptive, patient, kind enough — whatever it takes.
  6. I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.
  7. For the speedy reader paragraphs become a country the eye flies over looking for landmarks, reference points, airports, restrooms, passages of sex.
  8. It’s not the word made flesh we want in writing, in poetry and fiction, but the flesh made word.
  9. A cause is a lie with a fan club.
  10. In general, I would think that at present prose writers are much in advance of the poets. In the old days, I read more poetry than prose, but now it is in prose where you find things being put together well, where there is great ambition, and equal talent. Poets have gotten so careless, it is a disgrace. You can’t pick up a page. All the words slide off.

Gass is an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and critic. He has won three National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. He received the American Book Award for his 1995 novel The Tunnel .

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Quotable - Stanley Kunitz, born 29 July 1905, died 14 May 2006Nine Quotes 

Quotable - Stanley Kunitz, born 29 July 1905, died 14 May 2006
Nine Quotes 

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Happy Birthday, Chang-Rae Lee, born 29 July 1965
Eight Quotes
A tale, like the universe, they tell us, expands ceaselessly each time you examine it, until there’s finally no telling exactly where it begins, or ends, or where it places you now.
One of the ready advantages of writing a road or quest story is that it mirrors the experience of writing a novel.
As for what’s the most challenging aspect of teaching, it’s convincing younger writers of the importance of reading widely and passionately.
Imagination might not be limitless. It’s still tethered to the universe of what we know.
Suffering is the noblest art, the quieter the better.
I often think that the prime directive for me as a teacher of writing is akin to that for a physician, which is this: do no harm.
Like most people, I’m fascinated by characters who are completely flawed personalities, riven by anguish and doubt, and are psychologically suspect.
I don’t listen to music while writing; it seems to me I’m trying to make my own kind of music, and to have anything else going on is just noisy interference.
Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. He is the author of Native Speaker.
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Happy Birthday, Chang-Rae Lee, born 29 July 1965

Eight Quotes

  1. A tale, like the universe, they tell us, expands ceaselessly each time you examine it, until there’s finally no telling exactly where it begins, or ends, or where it places you now.
  2. One of the ready advantages of writing a road or quest story is that it mirrors the experience of writing a novel.
  3. As for what’s the most challenging aspect of teaching, it’s convincing younger writers of the importance of reading widely and passionately.
  4. Imagination might not be limitless. It’s still tethered to the universe of what we know.
  5. Suffering is the noblest art, the quieter the better.
  6. I often think that the prime directive for me as a teacher of writing is akin to that for a physician, which is this: do no harm.
  7. Like most people, I’m fascinated by characters who are completely flawed personalities, riven by anguish and doubt, and are psychologically suspect.
  8. I don’t listen to music while writing; it seems to me I’m trying to make my own kind of music, and to have anything else going on is just noisy interference.

Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. He is the author of Native Speaker.

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Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech, born 29 July 1945
Seven Quotes
I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. That made me realize that maybe what I was writing was worth reading to people.
You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.
Don’t be in too much of a rush to be published. There is enormous value in listening and reading and writing—and then putting your words away for weeks or months–and then returning to your work to polish it some more.
I especially love all the instruments of art: inks, pens, paintbrushes, watercolors and oils, fine papers and canvases, and although I love to mess around with these tools and objects, I have minimal artistic skills.
Read a lot, live your life, and listen and watch, so that your mind fills up with millions of images.
When I read good stories, I want to write good stories too.
I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having travelled with those characters.
Creech is an American writer of children’s novels. She was the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for British children’s books and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal and the British Carnegie.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Sharon Creech, born 29 July 1945

Seven Quotes

  1. I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. That made me realize that maybe what I was writing was worth reading to people.
  2. You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.
  3. Don’t be in too much of a rush to be published. There is enormous value in listening and reading and writing—and then putting your words away for weeks or months–and then returning to your work to polish it some more.
  4. I especially love all the instruments of art: inks, pens, paintbrushes, watercolors and oils, fine papers and canvases, and although I love to mess around with these tools and objects, I have minimal artistic skills.
  5. Read a lot, live your life, and listen and watch, so that your mind fills up with millions of images.
  6. When I read good stories, I want to write good stories too.
  7. I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having travelled with those characters.

Creech is an American writer of children’s novels. She was the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for British children’s books and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal and the British Carnegie.

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— 3 days ago with 46 notes
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Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962
Three Quotes
I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: “All memory is fiction.” It could just as easily be: “All fiction is memory.” Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.
Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey
Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Kwame Dawes, born 28 July 1962

Three Quotes

  1. I work with musicians routinely, and we continue to combine music and poetry in ways that I think are meaningful.
  2. I believe that all fiction is personal and all writing is at some level personal. As you may know, my motto is: “All memory is fiction.” It could just as easily be: “All fiction is memory.” Unpacked, these two statements defy the ease of logic, but offer some really important truths about narrative art, at the very least, and about memory. So I would say that all art is personal.
  3. Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination.

Read Kwame Dawes Memo to Poets - A Twitter Journey

Dawes is Ghana-born poet, actor, editor, critic, and musician, who grew up in Jamaica. His collections of poetry include Wisteria: Poems From the Swamp Country, Impossible Flying, and Back of Mount Peace. He is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and editor-in-chief at the Prairie Schooner.

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— 4 days ago with 30 notes
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Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996
Seven Quotes
I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
…you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!
Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.
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Happy Birthday, Joseph Mitchell, born 27 July 1908, died 24 May 1996

Seven Quotes

  1. I believe the most interesting human beings, so far as talk is concerned, are anthropologists, farmers, prostitutes, psychiatrists, and an occasional bartender. The best talk is artless, the talk of people trying to reassure or comfort themselves, women in the sun, grouped around baby carriages, talking about their weeks in the hospital or the way meat has gone up, or men in the saloons, talking to combat the loneliness everyone feels.
  2. …you can hate a place with all your heart and soul and still be homesick for it.
  3. I had not yet found out about time; I was still under the illusion that I had plenty of time - time for this, time for that, time for everything, time to waste.
  4. I have a great deal of experience in justifying myself to myself.
  5. It is perhaps an ugly comment on the American press, but the function of the interviewer on most newspapers is to entertain, not to shed light.
  6. In New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, down among the cranks and the misfits and the one-lungers and the has-beens and the might’ve beens and the would-bes and the never-wills and the God-knows-whats, I have always felt at home.
  7. Life is a goddam mess…but you wouldn’t want to miss it!

Mitchell was an American writer. He is best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is famous for his written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.

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— 5 days ago with 49 notes
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Quotable - Aldous Huxley, born 26 July 1894, died 22 November 1963
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Quotable - George Bernard Shaw, born 26 July 1856, died 2 November 1950 (15 Quotes http://bit.ly/16h8qV0)

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 Quotable - Aldous Huxley, born 26 July 1894, died 22 November 196315 Aldous Huxley Quotesexcuses - QS PRN

 Quotable - Aldous Huxley, born 26 July 1894, died 22 November 1963
15 Aldous Huxley Quotes
excuses - QS PRN

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Happy Birthday, Antonio Machado, born 26 July 1875, died 22 February 1939
Five Quotes
In order to write poetry, you must first invent a poet who will write it.
Traveller, there is no path - Paths are made by walking.
Don’t try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.
My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.
Beyond living and dreaming there is something more important. Waking up.
Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98.
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Happy Birthday, Antonio Machado, born 26 July 1875, died 22 February 1939

Five Quotes

  1. In order to write poetry, you must first invent a poet who will write it.
  2. Traveller, there is no path - Paths are made by walking.
  3. Don’t try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.
  4. My philosophy is fundamentally sad, but I’m not a sad man, and I don’t believe I sadden anyone else. In other words, the fact that I don’t put my philosophy into practice saves me from its evil spell, or, rather, my faith in the human race is stronger then my intellectual analysis of it; there lies the fountain of youth in which my heart is continually bathing.
  5. Beyond living and dreaming there is something more important. Waking up.

Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ‘98.

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— 6 days ago with 56 notes
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Literary Birthday - 26 July
Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950
Five Quotes On Writing
Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
[I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.
Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.
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Literary Birthday - 26 July

Happy Birthday, Nicholas Evans, born 26 July 1950

Five Quotes On Writing

  1. Read, read, and read. Then, when you think you’ve read enough and might know how to do it, find a story that moves you and tell it from the heart.
  2. Try not to copy anyone’s style and don’t think about the reader, just write for yourself.
  3. Be your characters, inhabit their heads; never bend the characters to fit the story; write what is true to them.
  4. Starting to write is a bit like going for a hike in a place you have never before visited with people you know little about. Before you set out, you study the map and then you drive there, put on your boots and your backpack of research and set off up the trail. At first, the characters you are hiking with will be like silhouettes; maybe you know just one or two key things about them. Once you start walking, you have to ask yourself all kinds of questions about them. Where was she born? What was his relationship like with his father? Did she go to college? Can she catch a ball, sail, speak French? Who was his first love? As you answer these questions, so the silhouettes begin to fill in and after a few miles you are getting to know who they are.
  5. [I write from] about 9.30am until around 7pm – then I go for a run and try to figure out what went wrong.

Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter, television and film producer and novelist. He is best known for The Horse Whisperer.

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— 6 days ago with 54 notes
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Quotable - Eric Hoffer, born 25 July 1902, died 21 May 1983
15 Quotes

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

15 Quotes

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