Evocative Literary Lines VI

Today is the birthday of the great playwright George Bernard Shaw

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Bernard Shaw. Born July 26th 1856
an Irish playwright whose influence on Western theater, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, with a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory.
Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“You don’t get tired of muffins. But you don’t find inspiration in them”

Man and Superman

“I can’t turn your soul on. Leave me those feelings; and you can take away the voice and the face. They are not you.”

Pygmalion

Fun Fact: Pygmalion was the play that was later adapted to the famous musical “My Fair Lady.”

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were;
and I say ‘Why not?”

~Bernard Shaw

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Honoring Hemingway

Today July 21 in 1899 one of America’s greatest novelist was born.
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“There is nothing to writing.

All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Ernest Hemingway

An American novelist, short story writer, and journalist.
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Hemingway’s economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published 7 novels, 6 short story collections, and 2 non-fiction works. Additional works, including 3 novels, 4 short story collections, and 3 non-fiction works, were published posthumously.
Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. wiki.



(Click any of these pictures for some of Hemingway’s great works.)

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

And Hemingway gave us so many loyal friends!
Which is your favorite?

Mid-week Meet n’ Greet

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Lets get to know each other:

Share about your love of books
and/or coffee/tea!

Source: Cafe Meet n’ Greet

Who’s your favorite American novelist and
what novel do you consider their greatest?

Evocative Literary Lines II

words-blog2A few of literature’s memorable and thought provoking sentences:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

“At the still point, there the dance is.”

T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets (1943)

“A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)

What lines in literature do you know to be unforgettable?
Please share a line or two that has impacted you?

Evocative Literary Lines I

words-blog2A few of literature’s memorable and thought provoking sentences

Starting with the most immortal line:

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart;
I am, I am, I am.”

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live,
remember that.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1999)


What lines in literature do you know to be unforgettable?

Please share a line or two that has impacted you?

In Honor of Harper Lee

Thank you Harper Lee (1926-2016)
for your words, for your brilliance, and your infinite legacy!
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Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

 

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

 


Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

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How has Harper Lee inspired you?