Do you ever feel lost? "All true histories contain instruction", said Anne Bronte. Find your instructions in fiction, it too contains truth. Let others' lives inspire you. Start with writers who were...
Born this week:
Mikhail Sholokhov, Russia
And Quiet Flows the Don; Destiny of a Man;
Ralph Waldo Emerson, USA
"The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity."
Rosario Castellanos, Mexico
"Laughter is the first evidence of freedom."
Edmond de Goncourt, France
"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. . . . When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence."
Dashiell Hammett, USA
"The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter."
Herman Wouk, USA
"I regard the writing of humor as a supreme artistic challenge."
Ian Fleming, UK
"Surround yourself with Human Beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles." He laughed. "But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose a wonderful machine."
Patrick White, Australia
"Loonies speak their own language, like educated people."
Gilbert Chesterton, UK
"Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
Died this week:
Henrik Ibsen, Norway
"One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding."
Niels Albert Dam, Denmark
Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spain
"What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams."
Francis Carco, France
Anne Bronte, UK
"All true histories contain instruction."
Georges Eekhoud, Belgium
Johannes Jorgensen, Denmark