Category Archives: quotation


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language 
And next year’s words await another voice.”

T. S. Eliot

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Posted by on January 3, 2021 in quotation




“Every nation has a central idea from which all its minor thoughts radiate.”

Abraham Lincoln

Quote of the Week

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Posted by on May 26, 2019 in fiction, quotation



There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.


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Posted by on May 15, 2019 in fiction, quotation, The Reading Life


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“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote #TrumanCapote #Breakfastattiffanys

via “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote — rarebooksfirst

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote — rarebooksfirst

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in fiction, quotation



How True

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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in quotation



On Reading

One sure window into a person’s soul is his reading list.
– Mary B. W. Tabor

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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in book lovers, quotation


Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to ruin the book for others.)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here’s mine:

From Michael Chabon‘s Maps & Legends:

A third innovative stroke of Conan Doyle‘s was to find a new way to play the oldest trick in the book, to revise the original pretense of all adventurers, liars, and storytellers–that every word you are about to hear is true.

Holmes was not only aware of his status as a subject of Watson’s “chronicles,” he resented it, and mocked it, even as he profited by the fictional version of the very real success that the stories enjoyed . . . .

From We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

It’s 21:30. The blinds are lowered in the room to the left of mine. In the room on the right, I see my neighbor: bent over a book, his bald patch, knobbly with hummocks, and his forehead, a huge, yellow parabola.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in classic, contemporary, non-fiction, quotation


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On Literature

“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

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in quotation


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“Writing is a combination of intangible creative fantasy and appallingly hard work.”

—Anthony Powell

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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in British Lit, quotation



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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in quotation