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Quotable - Upton Sinclair, born 20 September 1878, died 25 November 1968

Quotable - Upton Sinclair, born 20 September 1878, died 25 November 1968

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Quotable - William Golding, born 19 September 1911, died 19 June 1993
10 Quotes

Quotable - William Golding, born 19 September 1911, died 19 June 1993

10 Quotes

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"She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awaking from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams."
Michael Ondaatje
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Literary Birthday - 17 September
Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963
Nine Quotes
My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.
Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 17 September

Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams, born 17 September 1883, died 4 March 1963

Nine Quotes

  1. My first poem was a bolt from the blue … it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. … it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
  2. In description words adhere to certain objects, and have the effect on the sense of oysters, or barnacles.
  3. If they give you lined paper, write the other way.
  4. One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.
  5. The job of the poet is to use language effectively, his own language, the only language which is to him authentic.
  6. I keep writing largely because I get a satisfaction from it which can’t be duplicated elsewhere. It fills the moments which otherwise are either terrifying or depressed. 
  7. I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.
  8. But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn’t declaim or explain, it presents.
  9. Poets are damned but they are not blind, they see with the eyes of angels.

Williams was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a paediatrician. Williams, ‘worked harder at being a writer than he did at being a physician’, but excelled at both.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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"I can’t begin to tell you the things I discovered while I was looking for something else."
Shelby Foote
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"A beautiful woman looking at her image in the mirror may very well believe the image is herself. An ugly woman knows it is not."
Simone Weil
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Quotable - Mary Oliver, born 10 September 1935
Mary Oliver Quote by Lisa Congdon

Quotable - Mary Oliver, born 10 September 1935

Mary Oliver Quote by Lisa Congdon

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Happy Birthday, Michelle Paver, born 7 September 1960
Five Quotes
I wrote my first story when I was five: a rip-roaring adventure about an escaped Tyrannosaurus rex and a rabbit called Hamish. I don’t remember what made me start writing stories: it was just something I knew I wanted to do, as soon as I could read. 
[A writer’s life is] marginalized, solitary and not in the slightest bit grown-up. I spend my entire time day-dreaming, and getting paid for it. That’s why I love it.
I used to get up very early in the morning in order to put in a couple of hours before going to the office, and sometimes I’d sit at my desk listening to the dawn chorus starting up outside, and ask myself if I was completely crazy, wasting my time like this? But the thought of chucking it in – of not writing – was just too bleak to contemplate. So I’d make another mug of coffee and shuffle back to my desk, and get on with it. 
Fear is the loneliest feeling. You can be in a throng of people, but if you’re afraid, you’re on your own.
Evil exists in us all. Some fight it. Some feed it. That’s how it’s always been.
Visit Michelle Paver’s Website
Paver is a British novelist and children’s writer, probably best known for the fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. She won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2009, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children’s writers.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Michelle Paver, born 7 September 1960

Five Quotes

  1. I wrote my first story when I was five: a rip-roaring adventure about an escaped Tyrannosaurus rex and a rabbit called Hamish. I don’t remember what made me start writing stories: it was just something I knew I wanted to do, as soon as I could read. 
  2. [A writer’s life is] marginalized, solitary and not in the slightest bit grown-up. I spend my entire time day-dreaming, and getting paid for it. That’s why I love it.
  3. I used to get up very early in the morning in order to put in a couple of hours before going to the office, and sometimes I’d sit at my desk listening to the dawn chorus starting up outside, and ask myself if I was completely crazy, wasting my time like this? But the thought of chucking it in – of not writing – was just too bleak to contemplate. So I’d make another mug of coffee and shuffle back to my desk, and get on with it. 
  4. Fear is the loneliest feeling. You can be in a throng of people, but if you’re afraid, you’re on your own.
  5. Evil exists in us all. Some fight it. Some feed it. That’s how it’s always been.

Visit Michelle Paver’s Website

Paver is a British novelist and children’s writer, probably best known for the fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. She won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2009, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children’s writers.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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"Books are always obviously having conversations with other books, and some times they’re amiable and sometimes not."
China Miéville
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#China Miéville  #Books  #Lit  #Quotes