The C. S. Lewis Quote That Everybody Gets Wrong

As I mentioned last week in my review of C. S. Lewis’s The Four Loves, the book contains one of the more famous Lewis quotes. You’ve probably seen it before: It certainly sounds like good advice, and read in isolation, it is open to the interpretation that most people give it. Oddly enough though, LewisContinue reading “The C. S. Lewis Quote That Everybody Gets Wrong”

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The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote

All this talk of quotations puts me in mind of a very famous one, supposedly by G. K. Chesterton. No doubt you’ve seen it floating around Pinterest, Twitter, etc. by now: It certain sounds like Chesterton, and it’s in line with things he did say, but it’s not Chesterton. It is in fact the workContinue reading “The Time Neil Gaiman Invented a G. K. Chesterton Quote”

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Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 3

Thank you one more time, Herminia. The rules: Post one quote a day for three days Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. It’s the last day of the “Three Days, Three Quotes” challenge and I end it with a quote I’ve been wanting to post here forContinue reading “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 3”

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Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 2

Thanks again to Hermina for nominating me for this challenge! The rules: Post one quote a day for three days Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Today, we have a quote from one of those wonderful Paris Review interviews, one conducted in 1998 with Martin Amis. I’m not terriblyContinue reading “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 2”

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Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 1

Thank you, Herminia, for nominating me for this challenge! The rules are pretty simple: Post one quote a day for three days Nominate three other bloggers to participate per post. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Of course, it was hard to trim my list of favorite quotes down to just three, but I think I managedContinue reading “Three Days, Three Quotes: Day 1”

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“Why Do We Write Today?”

Why do we write today? I do not write to entertain. I do not write to amuse. I come from a tradition which believes in the written word very much. I believe that words are dangerous and can be made into dangerous tools. I believe that words can become links too. It all depends [on]Continue reading ““Why Do We Write Today?””

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10 Great Quotations for International Literacy Day

I have no idea why the cat is there, by the way. Interesting Literature Today is International Literacy Day! What better time, then, to celebrate some of the wisest, wittiest, pithiest, silliest, and most profound things that writers have ever said about literature and reading? The following are 10 of our personal favourites from theContinue reading “10 Great Quotations for International Literacy Day”

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Famous Last Words: Martin Luther

“We are beggars. This is true.” Luther’s doctors found this written on slip of paper shortly after he died. It almost sounds cryptic, but not when you consider what Luther’s whole life was about. What do you think he meant? (Seriously, I’d love a comment!) From “The Last Written Words of Luther” by Dr. MartinContinue reading “Famous Last Words: Martin Luther”

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Famous Last Words: Thomas Jefferson

“This is the fourth?” Jefferson was determined to live til the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He slipped in and out of consciousness several times before he died, asking this question each time he awoke. He got his wish, dying on July 4, 1826.   From The Real Thomas JeffersonContinue reading “Famous Last Words: Thomas Jefferson”

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Famous Last Words: Jane Austen

“Nothing but death.” Jane Austen suffered a long illness before she finally died. She said this to some of her relatives, who were waiting on her, after they asked if she wanted anything.   From A Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh. Image: Project Gutenberg.

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Bookish Links — May 2014

Here, I’ve compiled a list of all the best book-related links I’ve found this month. Hopefully, y’all won’t think these are too corny. 😉 I love silly anecdotes about people, especially about writers, so I thought this article about authors’ episodes of absentmindedness was rather interesting (and funny!).   Apparently, a reporter with the ParisContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2014”

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10 Great Quotations from G. K. Chesterton

When I first started this blog, I meant to write pieces about several famous authors and post them on the author’s birthdays. Accordingly, I looked up the birthdays of tons of authors, made a list, and got to work writing some of my posts. But one of the authors whose birthday I forgot to lookContinue reading “10 Great Quotations from G. K. Chesterton”

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