Literary Birthday - 31 March - Nikolai Gogol


Happy Birthday, Nikolai Gogol, born 31 March 1809, died 4 March 1852

Nine Quotes

  1. The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.
  2. You can’t imagine how stupid the whole world has grown nowadays.
  3. A word aptly uttered or written cannot be cut away by an axe.
  4. However stupid a fool's words may be, they are sometimes enough to confound an intelligent man.
  5. It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.
  6. What are you laughing at? You are laughing at yourself.
  7. Do we ever get what we really want? Do we ever achieve what our powers have ostensibly equipped us for? No: everything works by contraries.
  8. There are certain words which are nearer and dearer to a man than any others.
  9. Always think of what is useful and not what is beautiful. Beauty will come of its own accord.

Gogol was a Ukrainian-born Russian humorist, dramatist, and novelist. His novel, Dead Souls and his short story, The Overcoat are considered the foundations of the 19th-century tradition of Russian realism.

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Literary Birthday - 29 March - Amy Sedaris

Happy Birthday, Amy Sedaris, born 29 March 1961

10 Quotes

  1. Books are challenging and inspirational to me.
  2. I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.
  3. My characters always like themselves.
  4. I’ve named everything that I’ve ever owned. Real or inanimate, I have to give it a first and last name. Everything in my apartment comes alive at night.
  5. My favourite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market.
  6. If I’m creating something for myself, then I want to have fun.
  7. Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.
  8. Accentuate the positives - medicate the negatives.
  9. I wouldn’t call myself a shut-in. I have the ability to leave my home; I just choose not to. But because I’m such a homebody, it’s important to be surrounded by things I love.
  10. I feel so free and open to ideas, and I get inspired by everything.

Sedaris is an American actress, author, and comedian. She has written I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People. She has co-authored many books including Naked,  Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not, and Drive-By Comedy.

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