What are your favourite book quotes?
I love East of Eden by John Steinbeck:-
“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”
Another favourite is from The Living by Annie Dillard:-
Here are a couple of great links to some of my favourite book quotes:-
Whether a book can actually help you become a writer is a much argued topic. In my mind you have to be able to get that first draft down on paper. The one that’s all you, the jumbled mess that rolled out of your head and straight onto the pages. Once you have that then yes I do think there are books out there that can improve that draft by making you consider sentence structure, vocabulary, the voices of your characters, how best to use your protagonists and recognising and avoiding cliche’s. Until today though I did not believe a book could help you before that point. I considered them and still do to an extent another form of procrastination designed to delay the writing process out of fear of exposing oneself so completely. Then I read ‘Becoming a Writer’ by Dorothea Brande and it was this area that she addressed. Acknowledging the fear and neuroses that prevent you from sitting down and putting that story onto paper so that it’s out there in the world. She addresses how to get into the writing mind-set, the importance of writing every day and having a notebook on you to record those things which pop into your head but later forget no matter how fabulous they seem and how sure you are that you cannot possibly forget them. I recognised a lot about myself when reading this book and maybe I started it with a view to procrastinating further but I’ve come away from it with so much more.
TW for rape, child abuse, victim-blaming
There is a story in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald today about a woman who was sexually abused by her mother and her mother’s common-law boyfriend from the age of eleven. It started with the man coming into the girl’s bedroom at night and reaching up under her nightie to fondle her; she screamed for her mother, but her mother was too drunk to respond. When the girl was twelve, her mother – her own mother – coached her on giving blow jobs to this man. The abuse continued until the girl was fifteen, often taking the form of, in her words, a “sick threesome” with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend.
When the girl was fifteen she told her mother’s boyfriend that she would report him to the police. He told her that she couldn’t, because her mother was too deeply implicated. “How could you do this to your own…
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