20th-century Author Quotes
I feel that the longest and worst punishment should be reserved for those who slandered God by inventing Hell.
I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp, gaunt names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.
Stephen Vincent Benét
Not to write, for many of us, is to die. We must take ares each and every day, perhaps knowing that the battle cannot be entirely won, but fight we must, if only a gentle bout. The smallest effort to win means, at the end of each day, a sort of victory.
One of the main reasons why the sciences are so poor is that they imagine they are so rich. It isn't their job to throw open the door to infinite wisdom but to put a limit to infinite error.
Expecting to be able to get rid of the competitive drive, first of all, flies in the face of human nature — and little girls certainly have this drive, as much as little boys do, or at least the little girls I have observed in my immediate family have it.
For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863.
Sunsets and death; death and therefore kisses, kisses and consequently birth and then death for yet another generation of sunset watchers.
Some tears have to be cried no matter what the hour- until they are, they simply rave and burn inside.
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
There's only us, there's only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way. No day but today!
Our temptation is to look eagerly for the minimum that will be accepted. We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers.
C. S. Lewis
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Words want to find chimes with each other, things want to connect.
I ask permission to be like everybody else,like the rest of the world and what's more, like anybody else:I beg you, with all my heart,if we are talking about me, since we are talking about me,please resist blasting the trumpet during my visitand resign yourselves to my quiet absence.
Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are.
J. K. Rowling
An administration, like a machine, does not create. It carries on.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
In the house, and on the street, how many, many feet you meet.
If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.
My desk, most loyal friend
thank you. You've been with me on
every road I've taken.
My scar and my protection.
There's so much spring in the air- there's so much lazy sweetness in your heart.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quote of the day
Seeing is believing, and if an American success is to count for anything in the world it must be clothed in the raiment of property. As often as not it isn't the money itself that means anything; it is the use of money as the currency of the soul.
Lewis H. Lapham
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Remarkable Last Words (or Near-Last Words)
Philip James Bailey
Letitia Elizabeth Landon