Literary Birthday - 30 August - N.H. Kleinbaum

Happy Birthday, N. H. Kleinbaum, born 30 August 1948

Five Quotes

  1. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
  2. So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavour, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.
  3. No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
  4. We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.
  5. When you read, don't consider only what the author thinks, but take time to consider what you think.

Nancy H. Kleinbaum is an American writer and journalist, who became popular with her first novel Dead Poets Society.

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Literary Birthday - 29 August - Maurice Maeterlinck

Maurice Maeterlinck was born 29 August 1862, and died 6 May 1949

Seven Quotes

  1. Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.
  2. Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past.
  3. The truth that seems discouraging does in reality only transform the courage of those strong enough to accept it; and, in any event, a truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods.
  4. If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.
  5. How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words.
  6. Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance.
  7. We are never the same with others as when we are alone. We are different, even when we are in the dark with them.

Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911.

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Literary Birthday - 28 August - John Betjeman


John Betjeman was born 28 August 1906, and died 19 May 1984

Five Quotes

  1. Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
  2. Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it’s the oil of life.
  3. People’s backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.
  4. I don’t think I am any good. If I thought I was any good, I wouldn’t be.
  5. One mark of good verse is surprise.

Betjeman was an English poet, writer and broadcaster. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until he died.

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