“To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”—E.E. Cummings (via persephonelove)
When ever I read something good, that I really enjoy, nothing else is really good for a few days. I can’t even watch television right now. Everything just pales in comparison to reading a good story, life looks dim. Nothing draws me in the way a good book can.
Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient.
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“Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they’ll make your soul impervious to the world’s soft decay.”—Janet Fitch, White Oleander (via libraryland)
I can't help smiling every time I read the first chapter of the first book of Harry Potter. It feels like coming home. Like you're in on this big inside joke, laughing at the Dursleys, the world of the muggles, and the very idea that wizards in cloaks could ever be 'the weirdos'.
“Really, Dumbledore, you think you can explain all this in a letter? These people will never understand him! He’ll be famous — a legend — I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in future — there will be books written about Harry — every child in our world will know his name!”—J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter (Bloomsbury Publishing, London: 1997) 15. (via encrebleunoir)
“And while the abilities of the nine-hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogised by a thousand pens, - there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them. ‘I am no novel reader – I seldom look into novels - Do not imagine that I often read novels - It is really very well for a novel.’ - Such is the common cant. - ‘And what are you reading, Miss - ?’ ‘Oh! it is only a novel!’ replies the young lady; while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. – ‘It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.”—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (Wordsworth Limited Editions, Hertfordshire: 2000) 23. (via encrebleu-noir-)
“Literature was the only religion her father practiced, when a book fell on the floor he kissed it, when he was done with a book he tried to give it away to someone who would love it, and if he couldn’t find a worthy recipient, he buried it.”—Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer (via tobeshelved)
“We are so used to releasing words, we don’t know what to do with them if they stay. No matter how many times we let them go, they come back. The words that matter always stay.”—David Levithan. “The Realm Of Possibility” (via bookishbeezus)
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”—C.S. Lewis (via mandabythesea)
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!—When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (via bookoasis)