Yesterday my family and I visited the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.
Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers. And it got me thinking about some of his quotes, including one I’ve always appreciated -“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”
So then I started thinking about other writers I love. And now you’re reading a post about writer’s quotes. Haters gonna hate. Quoters gonna quote. Enjoy some of my favorite writers and quotes.
Charles Dickens, from David Copperfield – “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” Um….deep.
“It was at that age that poetry came in search of me” – Pablo Neruda. The man knew how to write a poem.
Andre Breton came up with this nugget – “Let us not mince words.. the marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful.” He wrote the Surrealist Manifesto. Of course I would love him. He also penned “The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot”.
I bought Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas while traveling in Europe. I opened it and couldn’t put it down. “We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.” Hunter S. Thompson
I went through a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow phase. Probably because I liked his name. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Aaawww.
How brilliant is Mark Twain? Incredibly. “Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.”
And in closing, “The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!”
Well put Nietzsche, well put (I minored in Philosophy).
You own a computer. You know how to use google. What are some of your favorite quotes?