Friday, 10 September 2021

Book Quotes of the Week

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"I think what's rare is to have both a talent for writing and a pragmatic, stubborn sense that makes you go to the desk every day and keep doing it." Kevin Barry

I do think you need a lot of self-discipline to work in any independent job but for creative people it's probably the worst.

"We all suffer alone in the real world. True empathy's impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character's pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple." David Foster Wallace

I truly believe that reading helps us empathize with others better.

"Women with clean houses do not have finished books." Joy Held

So true. Mind you, I always try to have a clean house even if not always a tidy one. I hate dirt.

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  1. All of these are great quotes and especially important right now is the way fiction can foster compassion.

    1. I totally agree there, Jen. If more people were reading books rather than internet posts by the same gorup all the time, the world might be a better place.

  2. That last one made me laugh! :D