Notable Quotes

Below are some of my very favourite quotes from literature and well-known literary figures. Some quotes are inspirational; some are just memorable and make me smile whenever I read them. Expect this list to grow exponentially as time goes by…

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” –Mark Twain

““You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” –C.S Lewis

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” –Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.” — Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

“I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.” –Emmeline Pankhurst, My Own Story

 “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ― Allen Ginsberg

 “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

 “So many books, so little time.” ― Frank Zappa

 “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

 “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx

 “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen

 “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

 “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 “People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

 “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

 “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ― Maya Angelou

“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.” ―Howard Nemerov


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