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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.

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Quote of the day for Thursday, August 21st

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You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

A.A. Milne

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.

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Quote of the day for Wednesday, August 20th

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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

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.

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Quote of the day for Tuesday, August 19th

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To see you naked is to recall the Earth. 

Federico García Lorca

August 19, 1936: Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca, whose works were banned under the Franco regime, was executed by Nationalist forces 78 years ago today.

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Quote of the day for Monday, August 18th

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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.