22 Literary Quotes That Just Might Tickle Your Funny Bone


Golden retriever gnawing on a bone, from wikipedia, photo by Denhulde
Golden retriever gnawing on a bone, from wikipedia, photo by Denhulde

Afternoon Dog Day Inspires Strange Activities

The day after earth day found me hanging out in the Southeast, waiting for 5 o’clock to arrive so I could go rent a pressure washer to clean the outside of the house where I am staying for a few weeks. (I guess this proves that there is no such thing as a free lunch.) Anyway instead of putting ass in chair and hammering out a new story or rewriting an old one, I decided to research literary quotes. (Procrastination is a wonderful thing) Here is what I came up with.

The Quotes

1. “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

2.”If with water you fill up your glasses, you will never write anything wise.” by Thomas Moore

3. “Creativity is just intelligence having fun,” Albert Einstein

4. “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess,” Oscar Wilde

5. “How could you live and have no story to tell,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

6. “A room without books is like a body without a soul,” Marcus Cicero

7. “You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books on your head like crazy hats,” Ray Bradbury

8. “”A children’s story that is only read by children is a bad children’s story,” by C.S. Lewis

9. “Think left and think right and think high and think low. Oh, the thinks that you can think up if you really try,” Dr. Suess

10. “If you’re selling eggs, don’t piss off the chickens,” source unknown

11. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” Oscar Wilde

12. “Mistakes are portals of discovery,” James Joyce

13. “Fiction’s my addiction. Perhaps I need a prescription,” the Cat in the Hat

14. “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is,” Mark Twain

15. “Don’t bend, don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsession, mercilessly,” Franz Kafka

16. “Writers live twice,” Natalie Goldberg

17. “I always start writing with a clean clean piece of paper and a dirty mind,” Patrick Dennis

18. “Writers are always selling someone out,” Joan Didion

19. “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it,” Jack Kerouac

20. “Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others,” Virginia Woolf

21. “The way to hell is paved with adverbs,” Stephen King

22. “If you find yourself going through hell, keep going,” Winston Churchill

The bookkeeper by van Dijk
The bookkeeper by van Dijk


In Conclusion

Well that’s it for today. My list of literary quotes for those with nothing better to do than read literary blogs. Perhaps Carl Sandburg

said it best when he penned this little gem: “Beware of advice – even this.”

Time to get writing.   HB


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