Hardy, Thomas, Quotes, Writers

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy! Today is the birthday of Thomas Hardy (b.2 June 1840 – d.11 January 1928). Hardy was a celebrated and influential English novelist and poet. And is a favourite of mine. Author of such works as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891),… Continue reading Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

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Book trivia, Quizzes, puzzles & humour, Quotes

QUIZ answers – identify opening lines

Can you identify these famous opening lines? [Answers below] Answers: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850) Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1864) Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878) Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (1895) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1911) Ethan Frome… Continue reading QUIZ answers – identify opening lines

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Book trivia, Quizzes, puzzles & humour, Quotes

QUIZ: Identify these opening lines

Can you identify the famous opening lines above? [Warning - clue below] To help you here is a list of titles from which the lines were extracted, in order of date published: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850) Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1864) Middlemarch by George Eliot… Continue reading QUIZ: Identify these opening lines

Book lists, Book trivia, Happiness/Meaning of life, Quotes, Tolstoy, Leo, Writers

‘Rules for living’ by Leo Tolstoy, aged 18

At some point most of us take stock of our life, and maybe draw up a life list to get us where we want to go. I've written a few myself! Here is such a list from one of the greatest writers in history - Leo Tolstoy. Here is a list from the great Russian… Continue reading ‘Rules for living’ by Leo Tolstoy, aged 18

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Quotes, Writers

QUOTES: Wisdom & wit – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson died 134 years ago today  (b. 25 May 1803 - d. 27 April 1882). Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer. If you've become cynical and dejected about life, his little books may help reawaken your sense of wonder. Here are 10 of my favourite Emerson quotes: 10. “I dream of… Continue reading QUOTES: Wisdom & wit – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes, Twain, Mark, Writers

QUOTES: Top 10 Mark Twain delights

Mark Twain died 106 years ago todayHere are 10 of my favourite quotes attributed to the great man. 10. “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write 'very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 9. “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” 8.… Continue reading QUOTES: Top 10 Mark Twain delights

Collins, Wilkie, Food/Drink, Quotes, The Moonstone, The Woman in White, Writers

QUOTE: The importance of breakfast/tea

I am currently reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. A writer of thumping good reads. I don't expect Great Literature from him, but I do expect to thoroughly enjoy myself between the pages. I also expect many references to food, drink and meals, like the one above. And here is a quote from The Woman… Continue reading QUOTE: The importance of breakfast/tea