10 Inspiring Quotes From Robert M. Pirsig

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Robert Maynard Pirsig was an American novelist and philosopher, most famous for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values.  He was born on the 6th of September, 1928 and, after a period of failing health, died April 24th 2017. Robert was survived by his wife Wendy, and 2 of his children Theodore and Nell.

Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen

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15 Thoughtful Library Quotes

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Reading Addicts hardly ever forget their first visit to a library… I remember the smell, the nice man at the front desk, the sound of the ink stamp on the front page… As a young child those comforting memories stay with us for a long time. Many of us still frequent our local library, and famous people are no different.

Here are 15 quotes about libraries from famous names you may recognise.

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8 Brilliant Witticisms from Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett (13 April, 1906 – 22nd December, 1989) was an Irish author, novelist, playwright, and poet. Beckett lived in Paris for much of his life and was bi-lingual, writing in both English and French. He is considered to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

Beckett’s work often looked at the bleaker aspects of human existence and his use of black comedy and gallows humour can be seen throughout his work. Considered to be one of the last modernist writers, Beckett was one of the key figures in the Theatre of the Absurd, a post WWII designation for plays of absurdist fiction written during the late 1950s. Read More

William Wordsworth The Wordsmith

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England’s most influential Romantic poet was born on the 7th of April in 1770, at Cockermouth in Cumbria, UK. 

William Wordsworth’s parents both died before he turned 15, so he and his siblings were left in the care of their relatives. William developed a love of nature, which was reflected in his many poems, although none were published until 1793. 

Wordsworth and his sister collaborated on ‘Lyrical Ballads’, which was published in 1798. Coleridge contributed ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, which was included in the collection, and marked the start of the ‘Romantic movement’ in English poetry. 

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10 Wise and Beautiful Quotes from Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou (4th April, 1928 – May 28th 2014) was an American poet, memoirist and civil rights activists and one of the most revered writers of the 20th century. The author of seven autobiographies, three books of essays and many poetry books enjoyed a career spanning more than five decades and received dozens of awards during her life.

With so many words to choose from it’s hard to pick our favourite quotes, but we’re going to try as we feature the words of Maya Angelou today. Read More

6 Anna Sewell Quotes that are full of Beauty

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Anna Sewell (30th March, 1820 – 25th April 1878) was an English novelist, best known as the author of 1877 novel Black Beauty. Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England to a deeply religious and literary family, her father the successful author of children’s books, her mother also authored a series of evangelical children’s books, but Anna herself was not a writer. Read More

7 Poetry Verses From Hafez to Awaken Your Heart.

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Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī is know by his pen-name ‘Hafez’ or ‘Hafiz’, meaning ‘memoriser’ or ‘keeper’. The Persian poet, lover, and wine drinker, lived around the 14th century and his works are considered to have much influence over Persian culture.

Hafez’s poetry is lyrical and sumptuous, with much of his poetry dedicated to themes of divine ecstasy, freedom, and love. There is no complete compilation of his poetry, but the number of his writings have been said to almost hit 1000 verses. The first translations into English were done in the late 1700s by William Jones, but as with most poetry it is always better in its original language, as it was meant to be heard.

We will have to make do with the closest translations available, until we learn to read it in Hafez’s own language…

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Ten Quotes to Celebrate Ovid the Poet

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The Roman poet Ovid was born on March 20th 43BC, living during the reign of the first Roman Emperor Augustus. His work is often described as the last love elegist, an erotic writer, and is best known for his epic Metamorphoses. 

Ovid influenced an extensive range of writers through the years, from Shakespeare to James Joyce, and even Bob Dylan who borrowed lines for a handful of his songs.

To celebrate his birthday we have gathered some lines and quotes attributed to the great poet himself…

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A Look at Charles Bukowski Through His Quotes

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Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16,1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German born, American poet, novelist and short story writer, best known for his depictions of life in poor social and economic classes. A known alcoholic, Bukowski wrote about life in his home city of Los Angeles, to such degree that in 1986, Time magazine would call him the Laureate of American Lowlife.

A prolific writer, Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six full length novels, eventually publishing over 60 books. He also wrote a column in LA Underground newspaper Open City called Notes of a Dirty Old Man. The column was so contentious the FBI kept a file on the author. Read More