Ms. Bookish

May 19

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“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —

Eleanor Roosevelt

Book Geek Quotes #488

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“The artist doesn’t have to be suffering to portray suffering, he just has to UNDERSTAND suffering.” — David Lynch (via austinkleon)

Jan 27

“From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books.” — George Orwell, from Why We Write, by Meredith Maran

Jan 21

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. - Henry David Thoreau (via Lifehacks)

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. - Henry David Thoreau (via Lifehacks)

Jan 12

“… brainstorming helps take the pressure off you, the kind of pressure that comes from trying to imagine too much of your story at once, the kind of pressure that makes you freeze up and give up.” — James Brown, “Journaling - A Stepping Stone”, in WRITERS AND THEIR NOTEBOOKS

Jan 10

“… though she was not beautiful her calmness had the magnetic pull of beauty - a stillness so powerful that the molecules realigned themselves around her when she came into a room.” — THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt

Jan 09

“… to live in such a world was to live with the shadow of death hovering over your shoulder at every moment. To live was to be not dead yet.” — THE GHOST MAP, by Steven Johnson

“The postal service was famously efficient, closer to e-mail than the appropriately nicknamed “snail mail” of today; a letter posted at nine a.m. would reliably find its way to its recipient across town by noon. (The papers of the day were filled with aggrieved letters to the editor complaining about a mailing that took all of six hours to find its destination.)” — THE GHOST MAP, by Steven Johnson

Jan 04

That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.