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…

10 Doris Lessing Quotes We Can All Relate To

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Doris May Lessing (22nd October 1919 – 17th November 2013) was a British novelist poet, playwright, and short story writer, best known for her novels including The Grass is Singing (USUK), and The Golden Notebook (USUK).

An early feminist, Lessing was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007, described by the Swedish Academy as “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny”. When met on the street by journalists and told she had won the prize, she responded “Oh, Christ!”. Read More

10 Moving Quotes from Chinua Achebe

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Chinua Achebe (16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic, best known for his novel Things Fall Apart (USUK), considered to be the most widely read book in modern African Literature and winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.

Achebe lived a fascinating life, growing up in South-Eastern Nigeria. He excelled at school and won a scholarship to study medicine but changed his studies to English Literature at University College, Ibadan. It was here he began writing stories, eventually gaining worldwide attention for his works. Read More

10 Brilliant Quotes from Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist, short story writer and screenwrite. Born on 8th November 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro came with his family to the UK in 1960 when he was just five years old.

Ishiguro went on to study at the University of Kent, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy in 1978 and attaining his masters in creative writing in 1980.

Today Kazuo Ishiguro is best known for novels such as The Remains of the Day, and Never Let Me Go, and for his four Booker Prize nominations and his Nobel Prize in Literature. Today we’re bringing you some of our favourite quotes from the author, we hope you enjoy!
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10 Nobel Prize Winning Quotes from Albert Camus

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Nobel Prize for Literature winning Albert Camus (7th November 1913 – 4th January 1960) was a French-Algerian philosopher, author and journalist. His works contributed to the rise of a philosophy known as absurdism and would go on to be remembered for his essays, nonfiction, short stories and for novels such as The Stranger, and the Plague among others.

Camus was born in French Algeria to poverty stricken parents in the Belcourt region of Algiers. Despite his family’s poverty, and his mother’s illiteracy, Camus attended the University of Algiers where a bout of tuberculosis in 1930 ended his footballing career. From here he studied philosophy, presenting his first thesis in 1936, he would go on to write essays, novels and nonfiction works and his writings are still heavily studied today. Read More

10 Beautiful Quotes From The Hours

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Author Michael Cunningham was born on the 6th of November in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After studying English Literature at Stanford University , Cunningham attended the University of Iowa where he began writing short stories. One of his short stories “White Angel” was used later in his novel A Home at the End of the World.

His 1998 novel The Hours won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. It was later adapted to film starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore and won an Oscar in 2002.

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10 Thoughtful Quotes By E.M. Forster

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Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, and died in June 1970. As a novelist, essayist, and short story writer he published under the shortened name of E.M. Forster. Forster is best known for his ironic and wry novels full of thoughtful prose looking at class difference in early 20th-century British society. He shone a light on hypocrisy in the social order, and with his 1910 novel Howards End, he offered a humanistic examination of life. His mindful understanding is summed up in the epigraph to Howards End:

“Only connect”.

Here are ten of our favourite Forster quotes from various novels… Let us know if we have missed your most loved Froster quote.

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10 Witty Wisecracks from Dorothy Parker

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Dorothy Parker (August 22nd, 1893 – June 7th, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer and satirist, best remembered for her wit and wisecracks.

Born in New Jersey, Parker had an unhappy childhood, leading to a long and unhappy relationship with her own father. She first became well known in 1918 when she stepped in for P. G Wodehouse writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair. While her caustic wit was popular with readers, she was eventually terminated after her criticisms began to offend powerful theatre producers. Read More

10 Magical Quotes From Mary Poppins Author P.L. Travers.

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Australian writer P.L. Travers was born on the 9th of August in 1899 and died on the 23rd of April 1996. Travers spent much of her early career as a Shakespearean actress until she began writing at the age of 25.

She is best known for her book series Mary Poppins (1934) upon which the famous 1964 Disney movie was based. Another musical adaptation of the books and film was put on in the West End in 2004, and premiered on Broadway in 2006.

Reportedly inspired by Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, Travers’ work is full of magic and humour, and perfect for adults and children alike.

Here are ten of her best quotes from the Mary Poppins novels.

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10 Quotes From Shutter Island Author Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane was born in Boston, Massachusetts on the 4th of August in 1965. The American author has had more than a dozen novels published, and many adapted for the silver screen. Mystic River (2003) was directed by Clint Eastwood, and in 2011 Shutter Island was produced and directed by Martin Scorsese.

Lehane has also won awards for his screenwriting, namely The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. 

Here are ten of his best quotes taken from his novels and other writings.

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