Literary Birthday - 28 November - Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen was born 28 November 1832, and died 22 February 1904 

Nine Quotes
  1. The poet should touch our heart by showing his own.
  2. The only way in which one human being can properly attempt to influence another is by encouraging him to think for himself, instead of endeavouring to instil ready-made opinions into his head.
  3. Genius is a capacity for taking trouble.
  4. Walking is the natural recreation for a man who desires not absolutely to suppress his intellect but to turn it out to play for a season. All great men of letters have therefore been enthusiastic walkers.
  5. No good story is quite true.
  6. He who sees only what is before his eyes sees the worst part of every view.
  7. The wilderness provides an environment for a child's inner life to develop because it requires him to be constantly aware of his surroundings.
  8. Chance is a name for our ignorance.
  9. No poetry lives which reflects only the cheerful emotions. Our sweetest songs are those which tell of saddest thought. 

Stephen was an English author, critic, historian, biographer, and mountaineer. He was the first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, but was perhaps best known as the father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.

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Literary Birthday - 27 November - Callie Khouri

Happy Birthday, Callie Khouri, born 27 November 1957

Three Quotes

  1. I love to start characters in a place where you think you know them. We can make all kinds of assumptions about them and think they have no redeeming qualities, but like everyone, they’re complex.
  2. When people know I wrote ‘Thelma and Louise,’ they don’t want to mess with me.
  3. Don’t let your failures define you. Let them refine you.

Khouri is an American film and television screenwriter, producer and director. She won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for Thelma & Louise.

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