Literary Birthday - 23 October - Matthew Quick

Happy Birthday, Matthew Quick, born 23 October 1973

10 Quotes

  1. You cannot beat time; you can only enjoy it whenever possible, as it zooms by endlessly.
  2. Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.
  3. The important thing for me as an artist is to keep going back to the page and doing what I do.
  4. I always talk to young writers about when you make art in your room, you make art. And when you send it to New York and L.A., you have to be a professional. Of course, when you sell your book rights as an option for a movie, you have to be a professional about that.
  5. You need to know it’s your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.
  6. I’m an incredibly emotional person, but I always feel bad about that. The work is therapy… I need to emote wildly while I write. I weep. I’ll laugh, get excited, and get up and pace. I try to take the emotional journey with the characters.
  7. Most people lose the ability to see silver linings even though they are always there above us almost every day.
  8. I write about people who are usually damaged or neglected by society finding each other and forming relationships that are quite extraordinary and in some cases life-saving. I’ve had a few of those relationships, which I value highly.
  9. I had thought up the title, The Good Luck of Right Now, several years ago. I had no idea what it meant or what the book would be about but I thought, ‘Someday I’m going to write a book with that title.’
  10. Sometimes when you attempt to put your best self into the world, the right people show up.

Quick is an American writer. His debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, was adapted as a movie. His other books include Forgive Me, Leonard Peacockand The Good Luck of Right Now.

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Literary Birthday - 22 October - Ivan Bunin

Happy Birthday, Ivan Bunin, born 22 October 1870, died 8 November 1953

Five Quotes

  1. Life, arguably, is given to one only as a weapon for one's contest with death, which man has to fight even beyond his grave. Death steals his name, yet he writes it on a cross or on a gravestone. She shrouds his lifetime with darkness, but again he resurrects his name using a written word.
  2. It's a terrible thing to say, but it's the truth: if it were not for the misfortunes of the folk, thousands of our intellectuals would be profoundly unhappy people. What else would they have cried and written about? Without the folk, life would not have been life for them.
  3. Words are one thing, deeds are quite another.
  4. Everybody tends to read The Life of Arseniev as the account of my own life. That is not so. Reality is something that I am totally incapable of writing about directly. Even the heroine here is cooked up. But so immersed into her being I was that I came to believe in her, as if she were a real person, and so strong was that belief that I that couldn't help crying as I was writing about her. She visited me in dreams, even.
  5. Such things and deeds as are not written down are covered with darkness, and given over to the sepulchre of oblivion.

Bunin was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was known for his short novels, The Village and Dry Valley, and his novel The Life of Arseniev

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