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Des
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 07:46 am:   

Guy de Maupassant - who possibly wrote the greatest vampire story ever i.e. entitled The Horla - was born on today's date in 1850.
He said:
"The least thing contains something unknown. Let us find it."
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Des
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 07:44 am:   

H.P. Lovecraft was born on today's date in 1890.

"This was a simple explanation which everyone could understand, and because Malone was not a simple person he perceived that he had better let it suffice."
from "The Horror at Red Hook"
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Des
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 09:32 am:   

Ray Bradbury was born on today's date in 1920.

"You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance."
RB
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Gary Fry
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 11:43 pm:   

Love will fly if held too lightly; love will die if held too tightly.

Didn't RB say that too?
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Des
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 08:10 am:   

Byatt and Borges were both born on today's date:
Jorge Luis Borges, 1899
A. S. Byatt, 1936

Borges:
"The original is unfaithful to the translation."

"The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb."

Byatt:
"Pain hardens, and great pain hardens greatly, whatever the comforters say, and suffering does not ennoble, though it may occasionally lend a certain rigid dignity of manner to the suffering frame."


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Des
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:55 am:   

Guillaume Apollinaire was born on today's date in 1880.

"A structure becomes architecture and not sculpture when its elements no longer have their justification in nature."
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des
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 01:24 pm:   

Harold ........................................................Pinter ...... was born today in .............. 1930. When? 1930.

"The weasel under the cocktail cabinet."
H.Pinter




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des
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 07:38 am:   

Italo Calvino was born today in 1923.
He once said:
"Writing always means hiding something in such a way that it is then discovered."
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des
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 08:35 am:   

Albert Camus was born today in 1913. He said:

"I proclaim that I believe in nothing and that everything is absurd, but I cannot doubt the validity of my own proclamation and I am compelled to believe, at least, in my own protest. The first and only datum...within absurdist experience, is rebellion."
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des
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 09:23 am:   

Richard Burton was born on 10 November 1925 (and my wife was born on the same date in 1946 - happy birthday!).

RB said:
"When I played drunks I had to remain sober because I didn't know how to play them when I was drunk."

BTW, I've just heard that the famous radio role that Richard Burton played in Dylan Thomas' Under Milkwood (absolutely brilliant!) is being revived by the BBC -- but they are getting new actors for all the other parts who will be playing to the original recording RB made!
des
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des
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 - 08:34 am:   

MTV?? Neil Young said something with which I strongly agree:

"By MTV trying to visualize the music they automatically stripped it of most of its natural mystery and depth."

Neil Young was born 12th November 1945.
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des
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 08:29 am:   

Voltaire was born on 21 November 1694. The famous quotation from 'Candide' below is my favourite quote -- and, duly scorned by most of my family and friends, I actually believe it to be true!

"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds."
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des
Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 02:50 am:   

CS Lewis was born on 29 November 1898. He said:
"There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on earth."

Louisa M Alcott was born 29 November 1832. She said:
"...clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character..."
which quote was included, I recall, in the pages of Nemonymous~2 to illustrate a story called 'Nothing'.

BTW, please comment on the quotes here or make any of your own, if the fancy takes you. They don't necessarily have to match birthdays; I only do that as some sort of nod towards Jungian Synchronicity! ;-)
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des
Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 01:15 am:   

Both Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain were born on 30 November (1667 and 1835).

"Vision is seeing things invisible." Swift

"We should be careful to get out of an experience all the wisdom that is in it -- not like the cat that sits on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot lid again -- and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." Twain


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des
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 08:02 am:   

Philip K Dick and Jane Austen were both born on 16th December (1928 and 1775).
Great favourites of mine. Both write fiction.


"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words." Dick

"Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be." Austen
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des
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2003 - 09:30 am:   

Henry Miller was born on 26 December 1891. He said;

"Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing."

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des
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 08:27 am:   

Rudyard Kipling was born on 30th December 1865. He said:

"Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind."
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des
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - 10:23 am:   

Henri Matisse quotations:

"I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish."

"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."

He was born on 31 December 1869.

Happy New Year,
Des

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des
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2004 - 02:10 am:   

Only connect...

- EM Forster
born 1 January 1879

& 'the machine stops' which spoke of the Internet in 1909
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des
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 01:44 am:   

Twelve good friends
Passed under her hat,
And devil a one of them
Knew where he was at.

--Charles G. D. Roberts (Bat, Bat, Come Under my Hat)

CGDR was born on 10 January 1860.


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des
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 01:01 am:   

18 January 1882 - AA Milne was born. Two quotes.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
--A. A. Milne

I think I am an Elephant,
Behind another Elephant
Behind another Elephant who isn't really there.
--A. A. Milne

I was also born on 18 January (in 1948). ;-)

"You live a day a day to put life in."
--Padgett Weggs
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des
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 01:17 am:   

Edith Wharton was born 0n 24 January 1862.

She once wrote:
"I remember once saying to Henry James, in reference to a novel of the type that used euphemistically to be called unpleasant: 'You know, I was rather disappointed; that book wasn't nearly as bad as I expected:'...he replied, with his incomparable twinkle: 'Ah, my dear, the abysses are all so shallow.'"

A quote within a quote. A voice within a voice.
des
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des
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 01:37 am:   

Virginia Woolf was born on 25 January 1882. She once wrote:
"I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman."
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des
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 10:06 am:   

Philip Glass was born on 31 January 1937.

"Spectators came from far away…. The Queen of Camelot, the Duchess of Astor; the court architect, Philip of Glass (who has lately turned to stone); and the court’s prose laureate, Brendan the Quill."

--Jonathan Larsen
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des
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 10:24 am:   

Brendan the Quill? He's got a Board here on Night Shade, hasn't he?
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des
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 11:25 am:   

from James Joyce - Finnegans Wake:

"For that (the rapt one warns) is what papyr is meed of, made of, hides and hints and misses in prints. Till ye finally (though not yet endlike) meet with the acquaintance of Mister Typus, Mistress Tope and all the little typtopies. Filstup. So you need hardly spell me how every word will be bound over to carry three score and ten toptypsical readings throughout the book of Doublends Jined (may his forehead be darkened with mud who would sunder!) till Daleth, mahomahouma, who oped it closeth thereof the. Dor."

JJ was born on 2 Feb 1882.


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des
Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 02:50 am:   

Galileo Galilei was born today in 1564. He once said:

"Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: The less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgement..."
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des
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2004 - 01:15 am:   

WH Auden was born today in 1907.

"He didn't love God, he just fancied him."
--Anonymous (Referring to Wystan Hugh Auden).
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des
Posted on Sunday, February 29, 2004 - 12:41 am:   

February 29th shouldn't really exist.
Gioacchino Rossini(1792-1868)was born on Feb 29.
He wrote 39 operas including "The Barber of Seville" and "William Tell".
My favourite works are his "Stabat Mater" and "Petite Messe Solennelle", the latter being for voices, harmonium and piano.

Quotation from Beethoven:
"Rossini would have been a great composer if his teacher had spanked him enough on the backside."
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des
Posted on Monday, April 05, 2004 - 04:52 am:   

Algernon Charles Swinburne was born 5 April 1837.

"And the best and worst of this is
That neither is most to blame,
If you have forgotten my kisses
And I have forgotten your name."
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des
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 - 07:42 am:   

On today's date in 1843 Henry James was born. This quote from him seems to prefigure the Internet:
"Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue."
from 'The Art of Fiction' 1888


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des
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 08:41 am:   

I think this is a lovely quote.

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.

from 'The Shadow Of The Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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des
Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 04:58 am:   

“Fiona had given up the Fine Arts ... and had taken up Bakelite. Did Chrissie know anything about Bakelite? It was fascinating stuff, fascinating. Did Chrissie know that in 1938 someone had invented and designed the Bakelite coffin? Bizarre, what?”

from 'The Peppered Moth' by Margaret Drabble.

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