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Quote of the day for Saturday, September 20th

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Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. 

George R.R. Martin

Happy 66th birthday, George R.R. Martin! Is there any book as hotly anticipated as the next installment in his Game of Thrones series? Write, George R. R. Martin, write!

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Quote of the day for Friday, September 19th

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Recipes are just descriptions of one person’s take on one moment in time. They’re not rules. 

Mario Batali

Happy 54th birthday, Mario Batali! The orange-Croc-wearing chef and cookbook author also appears as a character in the role-playing game World of Warcraft as Bario Matalli.

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Quote of the day for Monday, September 15th

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If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others. 

François de La Rochefoucauld

Voltaire credited François de La Rochefoucauld (born September 15, 1613) with shaping the French national character, thanks to his book of Maxims, full of pithy reflections of human behavior.

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Quote of the day for Sunday, September 14th

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For to know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know his mind. 

Geraldine Brooks

Happy 59th birthday, Geraldine Brooks! The Australian-born novelist is best known for March, which imagines the wartime service of the March sisters’ father in Little Women.

Le Morte d’Arthur Arthurian quote of the day!

Originally posted on Arthurian Romances:

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Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born of all England.
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This prophecy is what opens the door for Arthur to claim his birthright of the crown. Arthur pulls the sword from the stone with the intention of giving it to his foster brother Kay. He has no idea of its implication, or of his fate. This acts lays the foundation of Arthur’s chief characteristic – he is first a man, and then a King, which seemingly separates him from the other lesser kings of England. The pulling of the sword from the stone makes Arthur High King, although he already has a legitimate claim to the throne. A case of mistaken identity, one of the reoccurring motifs throughout the text, prompts the Kings of the North to declare war on Arthur. They claim he is not of noble birth, and is…

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Quote of the day for Saturday, September 13

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So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall. 

Roald Dahl

As a boarding school student, Roald Dahl (born September 13, 1916) and his classmates would sometimes receive test batches of new choclates from the Cadbury company. Dahl’s childhood desire was to create a chocolate bar that would win the approval of Mr. Cadbury—that dream inspired Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.