Flirting Lessons from Shakespeare, the Romantic Bard

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Have you ever wanted to woo someone and simultaneously show how cultured you are?

Is the object of your affection a big Shakespeare fan, or with a penchant for all things Elizabethan?

Look no further than these flirty lines from the ultimate romantic: William Shakespeare. Our bard offers some of the best lessons in flirting…

Here are ten of his greatest lines, guaranteed to help you find love*.

(*Disclaimer: we may be exaggerating…)

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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes by William Makepeace Thackeray

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William Makepeace Thackeray was a 19th century writer and poet known particularly for his satirical works of the time. He was born on the 18th of July in 1811 and died on Christmas Eve in 1863 after suffering a stroke aged just 52.

He was best known for his work Vanity Fair which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley  during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Thackeray worked often under a pseudonym as his work attacked the rich and powerful, and satirised early 19th-century British society.

His work is considered second only to Charles Dickens (depending on who you ask), and like Dickens his way with words is thought-provoking and full of wit.

Here are 15 of our favourite quotes taken from his many pieces of work…

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Beautiful Quotes by Winston Graham, Author of Ross Poldark.

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Winston Graham OBE was born on the 30th of June in 1908 and died on the 10th of July in 2003. As a novelist he was best known for his series of historical novels set in Cornwall- The Poldark Novels.

The stories surrounding Ross Poldark are now a hit BBC series, popular all over- from Cornwall, UK, to the USA. This popularity may be partly due to the stunning good looks of actor Aidan Turner who plays Ross Poldark but also thanks to Winston Graham’s emotive words.

Here are ten of Winston Graham’s beautiful quotes from his various works of fiction.

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8 Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quotes from The Little Prince

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery (29th June 1900 – 31st July 1944) was a French writer, poet and pioneering aviator, best known for The Little Prince, the most translated novel in the world.

A successful commercial pilot before World War II, Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote in his spare time but his real obsession was flying. One of the pioneers of international postal flight he flew when aircraft had few instruments. In 1935 he brought down his aircraft over the desert in Morocco, surviving the crash he was finally rescued after four days and served as inspiration for The Little Prince. Read More

The Sharp Wit of A.A. Gill

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A.A Gill was born Adrian Anthony Gill on the 28th of June 1954 and died on the 10th of December in 2016.  The British writer and renowned critic was best known as The Sunday Times’ restaurant reviewer. He also wrote for various magazines and publications including Vanity Fair, GQ and Esquire. As a published author he released many books concerning what he encountered or learnt on his travels, and some fiction.

Always ready with astute observations and sharp wit, Gill had numerous intelligent quips to share.

Here are ten of our favourites.

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When Book Titles Appear in the Book…

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Have you ever wondered why a book has the title it does? Only to never have it explained? Often the title of a book is a little obscure, or confusing, and sometimes the author never explains it at all.

If, or when, the reader does finally realise why the book has been given that title it can be a epiphanic moment.

Here are some of our favourite moments in popular books where book titles are (finally!) mentioned.

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Octavia E. Butler: Quotes on Writing

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Octavia E. Butler was an American science fiction writer born on 22nd June 1947, an only child. The loss of her father when she was 7 meant that Butler was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother in what she would go on to recall as a strict Baptist environment.

From an early age Butler suffered from crippling shyness making her awkward, as a result she passed her time reading at the Pasadena Central Library, and writing realms and realms of pages in her ‘big pink notebook’. It will come as no surprise to her fans to learn that she quickly evolved from reading fairy tales to reading science fiction magazines. Read More

10 Great Salman Rushdie Quotes

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The British Indian novelist and essayist, Sir Salman Rushdie, was born on the 19th of June in 1947

He won the Booker Prize in 1981 with his second novel, Midnight’s Children, which was said to be “the best novel of all winners”. Generally his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent and combines historical fiction and magical realism.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses was published in 1988 and was the subject of a major controversy in Muslim societies. Many Muslims protested the book and death threats were made against Rushdie.

His works remain as popular, and as controversial, today and we cannot deny his quotes have depth and wisdom to them.  Read More

15 Quotes from the Witty Dorothy L. Sayers.

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Dorothy L. Sayers (13th of June 1893 to 17th of December 1957) was an English playwright, crime fiction writer, and poet. She is famous for her series of mystery novels set between the two world wars featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, an amateur sleuth/aristocrat.

Her wisdom and way with words also awarded her a place in advertising. The famous Guinness brand hired her for their promotions in the 20th century. Sayers’ jingle was added to the bottom of the now-famous Guinness toucan advertisement.


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10 Anne Frank Quotes to Fill You With Hope

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Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt on 12th June 1929 and is one of the most discussed victims of the Holocaust after gaining fame posthumously for the diary she kept while hiding from the Nazis. And it’s this diary that makes 12th June even more significant because it was also the day on her 13th birthday when she received a diary to write in. Read More