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…







7 Scandalous Sayings from Dame Barbara Cartland

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The English romance novelist, Dame Barbara Cartland, was born on the 9th of July in 1901 and died on the 21st of May 2000.

She was a prolific best-selling author and one of the most successful of the 20th century. She wrote 723 novels all of which were translated into around 38 languages, and in 1976 was entered in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in that single year.

Cartland was a self-professed “expert on romance”, however as she became more conservative in her later years this became a focus for ridicule. Barbara’s first novels were considered shocking and risqué however her later books were relatively tame, often involving virginal heroines and were lacking in saucy situations.

Her popularity never wained, though, and she will always be known as the Dame of romantic fiction.

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Shakespeare’s Sonnets to Soothe the Soul

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William Shakespeare: the wordsmith; the romantic; the artist.

He certainly has a way with words and his sonnets remain some of his most popular work to date. Shakespeare’s sonnets were first published on the 20th of May in 1609, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe of London.

We have chosen a small selection of his works to share with you today…

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10 Bookish Quotes from Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen was born on the 17th of May, 1939 in Minnesota, USA.

Paulsen is a Young Adult literature writer and is best known for coming of age stories based in and around the wilderness. He writes primarily for teens, and is the author of over 200 books, more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and has even written several plays.

The American Library Association awarded him the Margaret Edwards award in 1997 for his “significant and lasting” contribution in writing for teenagers. Three of Paulsen’s books (Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room) were also runners-up for the premier ALA annual book award for children’s literature, the Newbery Medal.

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10 Insightful Emily Dickinson Quotes

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The American poet Emily Dickinson was born on 10th of December 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts and died on the 15th of May 1886. She was part of a prominent family with good community connections, however Emily unfortunately lived most of her life in isolation.

She was a prolific poet but fewer than 12 of her almost-1,800 poems were published during her life. There were conventional rules poets must follow at the time so much of her work was altered to fit this. Emily’s poems are unique for the era with their short lines, lack of titles, and use slant, or half, rhyme, as well as her unconventional use of punctuation and capitals. Her work often centres around dying, death, and immortality or imaginative natural imagery involving flowers, gardens, and paradise.

Here are ten of our favourite quotes from her works that inspire, provoke thought, or made us smile…

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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

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