Ten Quotes to Celebrate Ovid the Poet

By March 20, 2017Literature, Quotations

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…







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

8 of Our Favourite Orhan Pamuk Quotes

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Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter and academic, who has sold more than thirteen million books in sixty-three languages. Born in Istanbul on 7th June 1952 he is Turkey’s most prominent novelists and was recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and many other literary awards too.

Pamuk grew up in a wealthy but declining upper-class family, a story he tells thoroughly in his personal memoir Istanbul (USUK), but he is best known for his novels My Name is Red, Snow, The Museum of Innocence and others. Read More

10 Patrick Rothfuss Quote from the Kingkiller Chronicles

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Patrick Rothfuss is an American author known for his epic fantasy, namely the Kingkiller Chronicles. Born on 6th June 1973, in Madison, Wisconsin his first foray into writing would come with his contribution to the Campus paper at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before going on to become a teacher, returning to the same university.

In 2007 the first novel in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind was published, the second book, The Wiseman’s fear followed in 2011 and a companion novel The Slow Regard of Silent Things followed in 2014. Read More

10 Ken Follett Quotes from the Giant of History

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Born in Cardiff, Wales on 5th June 1949, Ken Follett is the author of many thrillers and historical novels having sold more then 150 million copies of his works. Many of these works have reached number 1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List including the Century Trilogy, the historical WWI novels comprising Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, and Edge of Eternity, some of his best known works. Read More

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