I’ve heard stories

27 March 2017

I’ve heard stories about authors filled with this kind of Lotto-winner hubris. I’m a Dutch boy from the Midwest. We don’t have hubris.

Chris Van Allsburg

I haven’t been very enthusiastic

26 March 2017

I haven’t been very enthusiastic about the commercialization of children’s literature. Kids should borrow books from the library and not necessarily be buying them.

Beverly Cleary


25 March 2017

Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years.

Charlotte Brontë

Who is to say

24 March 2017

Who is to say who is the villain and who is the hero? Probably the dictionary.

Joss Whedon

I am not afraid

23 March 2017

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

A great book

22 March 2017

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.

William Styron

Writing on a computer

21 March 2017

Writing on a computer makes saving what’s been written too easy. Pretentious lead sentences are kept, not tossed. Instead of sitting surrounded by crumpled paper, the computerized writer has his mistakes neatly stored in digital memory.

P. J. O’Rourke

I would not send a poor girl

20 March 2017

I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself.

Anne Bronte


19 March 2017

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Joseph Addison

Reading a book

18 March 2017

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.

Angela Carter

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