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10 Great Quotations from Writers about Life

Wonderful post- I especially loved Edith Wharton and George R.R Martin- brilliant choice of quotes and authors!
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You ask ‘What is life?’ That is the same as asking ‘What is a carrot?’ A carrot is a carrot and we know nothing more. – Anton Chekhov

Live all you can – it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. – Henry James

Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope. – Edith Wharton

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment. – Samuel Johnson

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – F. Scott Fitzgerald


In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which. – George R. R. Martin

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage. – Anaïs Nin

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing…

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Fictional Intruder

I don’t usually do this, but after reading the Daily Post’s prompt ‘Fictional Intruder‘, I felt utterly intrigued and compelled to write a response. And so without further ado….

1. Phillip Pullman: His Dark Materials

 My first world or fictional event to visit would have to be the parallel universe created by Phillip Pullman in his epic trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’ in which we follow the trials of a young girl named Lyra in her quest to overcome the steadily approaching evil that is threading to overpower not just her world, but many other worlds like it and by doing so; complete the quest that is growing up. When I first read this at about eight or nine, I was at first drawn into the idea of each human character having a daemon; or a physical representation of your soul in animal form. As a wide eyed child I wanted nothing more than to know what form my daemon was and even now; aged nineteen; am still intrigued at what form my ‘spirit animal’ would have settled into.

Lyra and Pan  His Dark Materials: Phillip Pullman

Lyra and Pan
His Dark Materials: Phillip Pullman

2. George R.R Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones 

I know it’s turned into a bit of a popular culture cliche; but when I first read the first A Song of Ice and Fire /Game of Thrones book at the end of my first semester at University, it was more Martin’s exploration and sheer amount of detail of the worlds of Westeros which drew me into this epic saga which I am still yet to finish and would give anything to visit. The nods to Medieval/War of the Roses wars on succession also satisfied my history brain and the characters… I do not think I have words enough in me to thank Martin for his ability to create and develop such intensely complex characters who whilst all still holding their own aura of mystique, were still beautifully believable.

A Song Of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones Published: Harper Voyager Date published: 1996 (paperback published 2011)

A Song Of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
Published: Harper Voyager
Date published: 1996 (paperback published 2011)



3. Paul Stewart: The Edge Chronicles 

A slightly less well known choice for my third world in The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart. In my opinion this series would, with a sympathetic director with an eye for well thought out CGI, make a set of stunning children’s fantasy films with its’ collection of simply weird and wonderful creatures such as the terrifying Grossmother and the outwardly ferocious but inwardly adorable and heartbreakingly loyal Hammelhorns. The blend of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R Tolkien had me hooked from the very first page and one of the things I would tell Twig is: ‘I don’t care that it’s your destiny, ‘don’t stray away from the path!’

The Edge Chronicles Book 1: Beyond the Deepwoods Author: Paul Stewart Published: 1999 (Corgi Books)

The Edge Chronicles Book 1: Beyond the Deepwoods
Author: Paul Stewart
Published: 1999 (Corgi Books)


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Well done on your completion of the epic brick! All the quotes you’ve chosen are absolutely fantastic and I’m going to have to reblog this post just so I can look at them properly when I get a spare moment!
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The Dream

After one year and 4ish months of trying, I did it: I finished reading Les Miserables.

And if you can bear a quote post, it might be worth your time. Victor Hugo has a way with words that is outrageously perceptive, understanding, descriptive, and faithful. He definitely redeemed himself in my eyes (I had only ever read passages from The Hunch Back of Notre Dame before, specifically the part where he goes on and on about architecture for like 40 pages). Thank you, Magdalene, for giving me such an awesome Christmas present almost two years ago!

Plus he had bangin’ taste. Check out V. Hugo’s room:

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…On Love

This following one might be my favorite thing about love ever:

Can two people charm and delight one another too much, be too happy, too much alive? … For what is the sun if not love, and what is…

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Teaser Tuesday- Pompeii

Donning my time traveller’s outfit this week to take the plunge into the reasonings behind the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as told in Robert Harris’s thrilling epic ‘Pompeii’ which, coincidentally, I first read on the plane to Italy on a school Classics trip!

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! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! 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! 🙂

‘I’m an engineer Admiral’, said Attilus tactfully. ‘Not a philosopher’. In his view they were wasting time. He thought of mentioning the strange behaviour of the vapour of the vapour on the hillside that morning but decided against it.’ 

Book: Pompeii

Author: Robert Harris

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 394

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: History, Mystery, Drama, Epic, Thriller

Pompeii  Published: Arrow Books Date Published: 2003 (Arrow Books: 2004)

Published: Arrow Books
Date Published: 2003
(Arrow Books: 2004)

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