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Quote of the day for Tuesday, September 2nd

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There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. 

Ray Bradbury

September 2, 1932: Science fiction master Ray Bradbury was a 12-year-old boy when he walked into a carnival tent and met Mr. Electrico—a moment that he credits with making him want to be a writer. The performer tapped him with an electrified sword and shouted: “Live forever!”

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Quote of the day for Monday, September 1st

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Humanity lives in its fiction. 

Blaise Cendrars

Swiss-born author and adventurer Blaise Cendrars (born September 1, 1887) was an intrepid traveler, a decorated soldier who lost his right arm while serving the French Foreign Legion, and a fixture in Paris’s modernist community.

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Quote of the day for Sunday, August 31st

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When you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. 

William Saroyan

William Saroyan (born August 31, 1908) often wrote about characters who share his Armenian heritage, as in his book of short stories, My Name Is Aram. He is best known for his first play, The Time of Your Life. It was awarded a Pulitzer, which he refused, saying that “commerce should not patronize art.”

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Quote of the day for Tuesday, August 26th!

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How slow life is, how violent hope is. 

Guillaume Apollinaire

Writer Guillaume Apollinaire (born August 26, 1880) is credited with coining the term “surrealism.” He first used it in the program notes of a ballet by Jean Cocteau and Erik Satie.

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Quote of the day for Saturday, August 23rd

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I always worried someone would notice me, and then when no one did, I felt lonely. 

Curtis Sittenfeld

Happy 39th birthday, Curtis Sittenfeld! The writer is best known for her debut novel, Prep, a coming-of-age story set at an elite boarding school.

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Quote of the day for Friday, August 22nd

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I wanted to teach myself some life lessons at the age of 60 and one of them was that you don’t give up. 

Diana Nyad

Happy 65th birthday, Diana Nyad! In 2013 the writer and champion swimmer achieved her long-held dream of swimming—without a shark cage!—from Havana to Key West. It was her 5th attempt.