Thursday, August 15, 2013

Quotes from books, quotes by writers... to inspire, influence, and induce a new way of thinking-4

This was published in the August-September 2013 issue of Books & More magazine:


Quotes from books, quotes by writers... to inspire, influence, and induce a new way of thinking/RESEARCHED AND COMPILED BY RAMESH PRABHU 

"We accept the love we think we deserve."
— "Bill" to "Charlie", the main protagonist of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. "Charlie" had just told "Bill", his teacher, that his sister's boyfriend had hit her but she was still going around with him

"Inside us there is something that has no name. That something is what we are."
— Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature José Saramago, quoted in Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton

"If you love life enough, it would seem you can force life to be good."
— American journalist Martha Gellhorn, in an article about life in post-war Italy, written in 1949. The article is part of an anthology of Gellhorn's writings, The View from the Ground 

"An information-rich world is a time-poor world, and a time-poor world is an attention-poor world."
— P.M. Forni, in The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction

"A great distance between you and your enemy is still the best defence."
— Czech refugee "Carl Zlinter" to "Jenny" in Nevil Shute's The Far Country, which is set in small-town Australia

"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."
— Norman Mailer, American novelist whose most popular books are The Naked and the Dead and The Executioner's Song 

"Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
— Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"If a problem has no solution, it is not a problem to be solved but a fact to be coped with over time."
— Former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres to Donald Rumsfeld, twice U.S. secretary of defence, quoted in the latter's book, Known and Unknown: A Memoir

"What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?"
— C.L.R. James in Beyond a Boundary, hailed as the most finely crafted book on cricket ever written. It is said the book is, in a sense, a response to a Rudyard Kipling quote from the poem "English Flag": "What do they know of England who only England know?"

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