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 (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.”
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
August 21, 1920: A.A. Milne and his wife thought that their baby was going to be a girl. When he emerged a boy, the parents chose a new name for him—Christopher Robin. It would be popularized in Milne’s many Winnie-the-Pooh stories of a boy and his bear.
I’ve got a library copy of Gone with the Wind, a quart of milk and all these cookies. Wow! What an orgy!
Jacqueline Susann (born August 20, 1918) wanted to be an actress, but she found more lasting fame as the author of Valley of the Dolls, a cautionary tale of Hollywood excess based on well-known figures of the day.
Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.
Honoré de Balzac
Even after he found literary success, Honoré de Balzac couldn’t resist a get-rich-quick scheme. The French author failed at running a printing press and a type foundry as well as speculating in slag and in lumber. He died 164 years ago today.